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Publisher's Summary

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

Detective Renée Ballard is working the night beat - known in LAPD slang as "the late show" - and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours 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 can't let him go through department records, but when he leaves, she looks into the case herself and feels a deep tug of empathy and anger. She has never been the kind of cop who leaves the job behind at the end of her shift - and she wants in. 

The murder, unsolved, was of 15-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally killed, her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now Ballard joins forces with Bosch to find out what happened to Daisy, and to finally bring her killer to justice. Along the way, the two detectives forge a fragile trust, but this new partnership is put to the test when the case takes an unexpected and dangerous turn. 

Dark Sacred Night for the first time brings together these two powerhouse detectives in a riveting story that unfolds with furious momentum. And it shows once more why "there's no doubt Connelly is a master of crime fiction" (Associated Press).

Please note: This is the abridged version. An unabridged edition is also available.

©2018 Michael Connelly (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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Sadly disappointed.

Having read all the Bosh series I was stunned by this offering. The format left me scratching my head. Ms Larkin was woefully lacking in her performance. I found it to be dull, boring and read in such a monotone that it literally put me to sleep! Her reading of Harry's dialogue was laughable. And I waited a year for this?

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Irritating and thin

The story itself toggles back and forth between perspectives, which weakens both stories. It feels like a listing of tasks, not an in depth characterization of the events of the story. The female narrator’s attempt at male voices is comical and distracting. My mind kept wandering off and losing track of the story. I have previously read all of the Bosch books, some several times, so I am not coming at this as a casual reader.

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great read

loved it but not as much as night fire the readers were great the plot good wish it was longer can't wait to listen to the next MC book

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Terrible reading, borring, dull, totally disappoin

Very dull reader, and very poor performances, her voice will put you to sleep, most disappointed

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Disconcerting with two narrators

Understanding that writers, and audible production teams have to keep listeners interested I found the use of two readers, each speaking both male and female parts, rather disconcerting. The story line was good but the reading a little confusing.

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Disappointing

Absent the feisty protagonist that for years kept me eager to read the next Bosch novel, I bailed out 2/3’ thru. Not a fan of the Ballard character. Can’t blame Larkin. After six seasons Welliver owns the voice of Harry Bosch. Tried to listen to the few Bosch books I missed read by others. Not the same experience. Welliver doesn’t read, he inhabits the character. Ideally M.C would give us another Bosch/Haller novel.

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IT RUINED THE WHOLE SERIES BY THE NARRATION ALONE

If you were used to follow Harry Bosch, this is not for you, Who cares about the perspective of a woman who start ranting about police dept. discrimination and blah blah blah, really WHO CARES!!! I want to hear a man voice that is Harry Bosch, not a secondary character that shows up from who knows where!! They should give me my money back , I feel betrayed by the author , and the low quality of the narration, really lousy, read this: DO NOT BUY THIS JUNK, YOU WILL BE REALLY MAD WHEN YOU START HEARING THIS NARRATOR, BELIVE ME SAVE YOUR MONEY AND BUY SOMETHING ELSE. CG

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Really well done

I have listen two dozens of audiobooks and this is one of the best readings I’ve heard.

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Another great Connelly book

I really love the twist and turns in this book was really good book can't wait to listen to my Next Connelly book

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Ballard and Bosch

McConnelly has scored a bullseye... bringing together two great characters who look to continue "the mission".