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Publisher's Summary

Wall Street Journal and South Florida Sun-Sentinel Best Book of the Year

“A masterpiece” - LAPD detective Renée Ballard must join forces with Harry Bosch to find justice in a city scarred by fear and social unrest after a methodical killer strikes on New Year’s Eve (Publishers Weekly).

There’s chaos in Hollywood at the end of the New Year’s Eve countdown. Working her graveyard shift, LAPD detective Renée Ballard waits out the traditional rain of lead as hundreds of revelers shoot their guns into the air. Only minutes after midnight, Ballard is called to a scene where a hardworking auto shop owner has been fatally hit by a bullet in the middle of a crowded street party.

Ballard quickly determines that the deadly bullet could not have fallen from the sky and that it is linked to another unsolved murder - a case at one time worked by Detective Harry Bosch. At the same time, Ballard hunts a fiendish pair of serial rapists, the Midnight Men, who have been terrorizing women and leaving no trace.

Determined to solve both cases, Ballard feels like she is constantly running uphill in a police department indelibly changed by the pandemic and recent social unrest. It is a department so hampered by inertia and low morale that Ballard must go outside to the one detective she can count on: Harry Bosch. But as the two inexorable detectives work together to find out where old and new cases intersect, they must constantly look over their shoulders. The brutal predators they are tracking are ready to kill to keep their secrets hidden.

Unfolding with unstoppable drive and nail-biting intrigue, The Dark Hours shows that “relentless on their own, Ballard’s and Bosch’s combined skills … could be combustible” (Los Angeles Times).

©2021 Michael Connelly (P)2021 Hachette Audio

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Too much Covid; not enough Bosch

Harry Bosch had a very limited role in this book. That was very disappointing. I’m sick of hearing about Covid and masks and vaccines. Unfortunately this book is full of that. I don’t listen to these books to hear political viewpoints. Worst Michael Connelly book I’ve ever listened to. I just hope we get a real Harry Bosch book next year.

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Good except for the simultaneous narrators

Liking the story, liking both narrators...but having them talking to each other...? breaks the narrative? Not sure how to explain, but in the scenes where Ballard and Bosch talk to each other pulls me out of imagining the scene from each of their points of view. Suddenly instead of an audiobook it feels like a play. Totally breaks me out of the story. I'll just wait for the TV show if I want multiple characters talking to each other.

I'd go 5 stars if the narrators just alternated scenes.

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Definitely a Skipper!

Something has seriously happened to the way Connelly writes. Although, it could be the voice of Lakin or the mono way she reads. That said, Titus can make you skip Chapters too! All in all, I have not enjoyed the whole Ballard/Bosch reads. Maybe Connelly will get it and find another female narrator if he continues with the Ballard character. Please, Michael….. tell me you are NOT replacing your crime/detective writings with Ballard/Lakin. Stop the bleeding!!!

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It’s like COVID

This is my first review ever, this is because for the first time ever I wish I did not spend the credit. This book was pretty tough to get through. I have listened to every book in this series multiple times and love it. However, this book kinda sucks. Between the harping every 15 minutes about vaccinations and masks, the awkwardness of Christine Larkin, the fact Bosch maybe has about an hour of being part of the story, and etc. Titus Welliver is the only real highlight in this book. However, as a whole It just fell so short it was disappointing. I think this book is kinda like COVID, pretty terrible, but hey at least you got some stimulus packages.

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Another masterpiece from one of the best authors out there

The wait is over, The Dark Hours, book 23 in the best-selling and award-winning Harry Bosch series of police procedurals written by the amazing Michael Connelly, is available now for audiobooks lovers everywhere!

I spent all day yesterday listening to this gripping audiobook and I can say that I am once again blown away by the brilliant writing and by the superb narration.

The writing is so good that you will actually see in your mind’s eye every little detail! Mr. Connelly has that uncanny ability to give his readers a glimpse into the officers’ minds, but also into that of the criminals.

With his unparalleled expertise and knowledge of the Los Angeles Police Department, Michael Connelly creates another fantastic story that will stay with readers and listeners alike for a long time.

I am a huge fan of this series, I have listened to all of the audiobooks and I am really glad that the narrative experience is truly immersive with the extremely talented Titus Welliver who plays detective Harry Bosch on the Amazon original series taking the time from his busy schedule in order to be part of this audio production.

Both Titus Welliver and Christine Lakin are doing a fantastic job of bringing to life our beloved characters, Harry and Renee, the city of Los Angeles and its inhabitants. They are just perfect together and the narration is flawless. I approve of this recipe and I hope that we will get to see them interact even more in the upcoming audiobooks.

This is clearly another masterpiece from one of the best mystery crime authors out there! Immersive, timely, captivating, and intriguing, the story hooked me from the first paragraph and it never let go. Although I have finished listening to The Dark Hours late last night, I’m still thinking about what happened and how the investigators handled the cases in which they were involved.

I discovered the Harry Bosch audiobooks more than 15 years ago when they were narrated by audiobooks industry legend Dick Hill and I never missed a new release since then. I absolutely love The Dark Hours and I dread to think that we need to wait at least one more years until the next installment. But luckily we all can look forward to the first season of the new Harry Bosch spinoff series that should be online not in the too distant future on IMDb TV.

The Dark Hours shines and shimmers with beautiful writing, powerful messages, strong and realistic characters, vivid descriptions, and relevant observations about our current situation. Michael Connelly successfully tackles subjects shunned by other authors like racism, politics, or the corona pandemic. Fans of Michael Connelly shouldn’t spend even one second thinking if they should purchase this one!

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Too much copaganda

You expect police procedurals to be copaganda but it seemed like every other line was harping on the police being defunded (despite the fact that in reality the LAPD budget was actually increased, but hey it is fiction).

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My bad!

I’m a relatively old dude (69) but have been reading and listening to Michael Connelly (Bosch rules,but love Haller,Ballard,etc.) but this latest book is tough to listen to. Is it the Ballard bad acting/reading or a weak story ( no way Michael) or my old age sexism???Probably all of above: I’ll finish it ( and,of course,love me some Titus) but,so far,am disappointed.Sorry Mikey:-)

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not my favorite

started slow, got better. weak ending.

i wish authors would quit inserting controversial politics... a good way to lose readers.

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Too much Renee…

… not enough Bosch. Wish Harry had been in the book a lot more. He’s a thousand times more interesting than Det Ballard.

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Good story, too... COVID

It's a good story. I liked it but it was unnecessarily COVID COVID COVID. Masks and vaccines and masks and more masks, mask commentary, mask critiques, and more masks, mixed with a little BLM and some Capitol protest stuff, and more masks. Did I mention COVID?

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