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The Dark Hours

#3 Ballard & Bosch

Michael Connelly



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Allen & Unwin
09 November 2021
Series: Ballard & Bosch
There's chaos in Hollywood on New Year's Eve. At the end of the countdown, LAPD Detective Renee Ballard seeks shelter from the traditional rain of lead as hundreds of revellers shoot their guns into the air. Minutes later, 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 swiftly concludes that the deadly bullet could not have fallen from the sky and connects it with another unsolved murder - a case at one time worked by Detective Harry Bosch. Meanwhile, Ballard still hunts a fiendish pair of serial rapists, the Midnight Men, who have been terrorising women and leaving no trace.

Finding herself up against deadly inertia and foundering morale in a police department ravaged by the pandemic and recent riots, Ballard must look outside to the one detective she can count on: Harry Bosch. But as the two determined detectives join forces, they cannot relax their guard. The brutal predators they track won't hesitate 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).

'This is unmatched crime writing at its summit.' -The Australian 'Connelly has created heroic and flawed and very real characters who believably find ways to make things right.' -Chicago Sun-Times 'Connelly is the real deal.' -New York Times Book Review
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   481g
ISBN:   9781761065484
ISBN 10:   1761065483
Series:   Ballard & Bosch
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the international bestselling author of 35 novels. He has created many genre-defining characters, including detectives Harry Bosch and Renee Ballard, crime reporter Jack McEvoy, and lawyer Mickey Haller, the protagonist in Connelly's latest bestseller, The Law of Innocence. Michael Connelly's books have sold more than eighty million copies worldwide. They have been translated into forty languages and have won awards all over the world, including the Edgar and Anthony Awards, and the 2018 CWA Diamond Dagger, the highest honour in British crime writing. Connelly is the executive producer of the successful TV series, Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. A final seventh season has been confirmed for 2021. The Lincoln Lawyer series is also soon to become a major Netflix series. Michael Connelly's true crime podcast Murder Book is available on most podcast apps or online at To find out more, head to: Twitter: @Connellybooks

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