dark sacred night

Dark Sacred Night

Dark Sacred Night, a Bosch and Ballard novel, by Michael Connelly

Connelly introduced Detective Renée Ballard in last year’s The Late Show. The character, Detective Harry Bosch, has been around for decades, since The Black Echo. I’ve read most, if not all, of his crime solving tales. Bosch also has a half-brother, Mickey Haller, who first appeared in The Lincoln Lawyer. Connelly has a few novels featuring both Bosch and Haller. This is a first for Bosch and Ballard. On appearance, the two detectives are very different. Ballard is half Bosch’s age. She’s of the digital age and Bosch prefers paper. However, the characters have a lot in common beneath the surface. Both are loners and carry a lot of baggage. Both are willing to bend the rules. So, maybe we’ll see more of them together later on.

At the end of this tale, Harry said, “…we worked pretty well together…”. To which Renée replied a little later, “…We can work cases…”. And she also said, “…I’ll send up a signal.” I thought the reference to the bat signal was funny.


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 fifteen-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.


Connelly did it again. It is a great thriller. While working to solve the nine-year-old case, both have other smaller cases to deal with. So, there’s never a boring moment. Unlike Patterson’s Detective Michael Bennett (see here) whose family and circle seem to be of a more jovial nature, there’s a lot of gloom and doom in the world of Bosch and Ballard.

By the way, there’s a TV series, Bosch, based on Harry. Just in case you didn’t know…

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