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Dark Sacred Night

A Ballard and Bosch Novel
Written by: Michael Connelly
Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (157 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

LAPD Detective Renée Ballard teams up with Harry Bosch in the new work of fiction from number-one New York Times best-selling author Michael Connelly.

Renée Ballard is working the night beat again and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out but then checks into the case herself, and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger. 

Bosch is investigating the death of 15-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch to find out what happened to Daisy and finally bring her killer to justice.

©2018 Michael Connelly (P)2018 Little, Brown & Company

What the critics say

"It was only last year that Connelly introduced Ballard, a fierce and fascinating new protagonist who instantly emerged as a reader favorite. Bosch, meanwhile, is a grizzled veteran by now; Dark Sacred Night marks the 21st novel to center on him. But fans always finish eager to come back for more." (David Canfield, Entertainment Weekly)

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Bad Second Effort

Was quite excited to find out there was already a second Ballard novel after reading the first (Night Show) but simply couldn't finish. Seems almost like written by a different person. And sorely miss Catherine Moennig's voice from the first novel!

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Brilliantly written

Loved it, the story lines were very intriguing hard to put down to return later.

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Another Enjoyable Listen

I enjoy the Bosch series in print and audible. As always the narration is engaging and easy to follow.

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  • GML
  • 2018-12-26

Loved all the Bosch books until now

The story might be good but it's so hard to follow because of the narration it's hard to tell. Titus Welliver was THE Harry Bosch; he was so good - until this book. It seems like he just didn't have his heart in this one. Christine Lakin may be good for other roles but definitely does not complement Titus in a Harry Bosch book. And the two of them sharing the narration just does not work. I very much hope Michael Connelly and Titus Welliver are able to get back on the stride they had up until now, this was such a good series.

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Dynamic new partnership

Wow! Couldn’t stop listening to this story. There is the usual subtle character development, deft handling of emotional connections between characters, Always an interesting plot. The friendship between Harry and Renee grows s,ow,y, and certainly not without its doubts, and differences in approach to police work. Each recognizes a kindred spirit, wanting justice, going that extra bit to solve a case. Renee balances Harry’s more relaxed view of procedure with a more disciplined approach to the legal system. However she, like, Bosch bends the rules too, the secret of their ability to solve almost forgotten old cases. Great stuff, and avidly looking forward to future adventures of Bosch and Ballard. Thanks for wonderful entertainment t, Mr. Connelly!

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a good Bosch read

enjoyed Michael Connolly newest book. good suspense story. Both Bosch And Renée Ballard team well

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  • Paul Beer
  • 2018-11-16

So So

Story was good. The use of the 2 narrators was too much. This bouncing back and forth with story seeems to be popular now but I think it looses the pace of the story....Always a fan of Harry's...

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  • Suzanne
  • 2018-11-06

I tried to like it but...

Who thought it would be a good idea to alternate chapters, one narrator reading his/her own voice AND the other voice each chapter? Lakin reads for herself and Bosch in her chapters, Titus Welliver does Bosch and Ballard in his chapters. It was so distracting that I wasn't sure I could even finish the book. And, Ms. Lakin is NOT Renee Ballard to my ears - too wistful, emphasis on wrong syllables, wrong words. No edge to her. Bringing the two characters together seemed appealing, and I really like both characters, as a long-time Bosch reader. The story was not Connelly's best in my opinion, but I'll keep reading them! It was a let-down, after waiting so eagerly for this new installment I actually paid for it rather than wait for a credit! Mr. Connelly - please get this narration business straightened out.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 2018-10-31

One of Connelly's best; great narration!

I really do not understand where the bad ratings and reviews are coming from. They must have listened to a different novel. Christine Lakin, the female narrator, is a major improvement compared to the narrator of The Late Show (Book 1 of the Renée Ballard series).

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  • stuartjash
  • 2018-10-30

Great story, narrating was different than expected

First, the plot was excellent. Having Bosch and Ballard pair up, I think, was a fantastic idea. I do miss not having two books with one of each, but they are a power duo.

My ONLY complaint was with the narration. First, I think both narrators were great, however, they way the narration was produced was bizarre. Coming into this story, I expected to have Bosch completely narrated by Welliver and Ballard entirely narrated by Lakin. What they did, though, was broken different chapters into the characters, so a new chapter may be 'Bosch", in which Welliver narrates the entire chapter, even if Ballard is speaking. Same goes for Lakin. She will narrate entire conversations between Ballard and Bosch. It seemed like if they were going to have two narrators, they would have actually had the two narrators be the voices for the entire story, not just specific chapters.

I loved the plot, but the idea behind that style of narration was slightly disappointing. The story is still good enough that I would recommend a purchase!

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  • Macy
  • 2018-11-19

Bosch lost in the female voice

Story line was okay, but I couldn't get into the Bosch character when it was read with a female voice. AUDIBLE, please only have Titus Welliver read Bosch and only a female voice read Ballard.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-12-02

Not his best

I've loved Michael Connelly from his first book. I cannot get into his character Renee. She was better in this book, but a homeless police detective who leaves her dog for days at a time? She is not very believable. Also, Harry did some things out of character for him. I will probably give them one more try, but then I'm going to retire Harry Bosch.

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  • Jason Carter
  • 2018-11-21

Meh

Story was pretty meh.Connelly seems to just be relying on the same formula repetitively. A leak, a bad cop, a kidnapped cop (someone needs to be worried about how easily that happens) and crazy coincidences leading to a murderer. Besides that, this particular story branches off in so many directions that it's difficult to invest any feelings into any of them. He also seems to be trying to cash in on the emotions around the current political and social climate, and it's just awkward and cringe worthy. Ballard's comes off as whiny and weak at times, and it's not fitting for the character he is attempting to create. Ballard is a bland character, and Bosch has become the same. There is almost no depth to either of them is this story. I'm really finding it difficult to stay engaged in his books, or be excited about any new releases.

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  • B.Del
  • Florida, USA
  • 2018-11-18

Disapointed

Every avid reader likes to have a half dozen authors he or she can count on for a good read. Michael Connelly has been one of those for me. I have read every Harry Bosch book he has written. I was so looking forward to this one. What a letdown. It was obvious quite early on that this one was not one of Connelly's best efforts. Gone is the wisecracking Bosch I had previously enjoyed. What's worse he is replaced by a disguised voice that sounds like a two pack a day female. If this is an experiment by the author. I don't appreciate paying for it. Since there were two Narrators It would have made sense for me if Christine had done Ballard's voice and Titus the voice of Bosch.

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  • Lin
  • 2018-11-06

Need to fire the director !

Bosch has two different voices, so confusing.
Christine Lakin voice is too weak for the character.

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  • Keith
  • VERNAL, UT, US
  • 2018-11-05

UHG!

it was painfully politically correct. Not only is Ballard an unlikable character Bosch is now a slightly different character used to highlight this new character representation of all that is PC.

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