The Dark Hours

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2021
11 hours 4 minutes
A 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).
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Nathan A.

Done with Bosch and Mickey Haller now that Connelly has decided to inject his politics into his books. I could not make it past the first chapter of this book- all of the covid mask worship, got to keep the white cops from the brown people, and of course a band of serial rapists to show how bad men are. Either Connelly has literally lost the plot or these books are being ghost written. What a waste, what a shame.

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One of Michael Connelly's best! Fast paced with a lot of action. The narrator's were perfect - listening to Titus Welliver is like listening to Bosch on tv. Great job!

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Cynthia A.

Absolutely outstanding! More…more!

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Kristy Bennett Schadt

Great book

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No meaningfulactivity, no action

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Donald C.

Great.Everything I expect a Harry Bosch book to be. Bring back the show!!!

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Van J.

Too liberal with facts and opinions.No need for Jan. 6 reference when facts are distorted. Makes police look incompetent thus showing bias. He is off my reading list.

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Jacob G.

Would have been a good book if the Author let his political beliefs out of it. Why even put the chapter about the "insurrection"? It didn't even play into the script. Every other page he was talking about wearing masks and he even forces Bosch to get the "jab". Was a complete joke.

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Enjoyed every moment.

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Georgia R.

Great Read, as with all of the stories from the Bosch Universe.

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Barb White

Not my favorite Michael Connelly book but still worth to listen. Overall the plot was good characters were interesting, but there were a few slow spots and I found myself having to backtrack and listen to it over again because I had drifted away from it. It didn't hold my attention like most of his books do. The narration in this one was very good and I like the character Ballard.

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Fred Saleeby

superbly done

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Dawn M.

Great story. Not political as some say. Another great book. Loved the narrators

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Jerome O.

It was probably a good book but I couldn't get past the injected politics. I became a huge fan of the Bosch character prior to this. And I could (and did) glean the authors political leanings from those books. However, this one really pushed the mask worship hard and the beat you over the head with the extreme leftist narrative behind the January 6th "insurrection". I wish I could get my credit back for this one.

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Great story!

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Irv S.

Well written crime story and narration.

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Roland G.

Very good read. Liked unconventional story line that is not so predictable

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Michele S.

This novel is fast-paced with great narration. May be his best yet

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Leonard H.

This is a great listen. We’ll worth the time.

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I am hooked on Titus Welliver's voice as Bosch. Don't know that I can listen to a different voice reading other Bosch books. Loved the story - having 2 crimes to solve was great.

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