The Dark Hours Reviews

“This is a masterpiece.”
– Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“The fourth Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch novel is the best yet, both because Ballard has evolved into one of crime fiction’s richest, most complex characters and because Connelly takes an unflinching look at policing in the post–George Floyd era.”
– Booklist Starred Review

“Again and again, Michael Connelly amazes with his penetrating look inside the machinery of the LAPD, all while keeping the human hearts inside the machine front and center. The Dark Hours is another perfect example”
– Amazon Editors’ PicksAmazon Books Editors Top 10 Books Of November

“Sharp observations of characters, from victims to perpetrators, make this entry a standout.”
– Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal, Top Crime Novels Of 2021

“in this stellar series… …no one who follows Ballard and Bosch to the end will be disappointed. A bracing test of the maxim that “the department always comes first. The department always wins.””
– Kirkus Reviews

“This is a compelling listen with a gritty portrayal of the current social environment.”
– AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award Winner

“Few writers have ever managed to grab and hold readers’ attention the way Michael Connelly has the last three decades, and The Dark Hours is yet another reminder that we’re witnessing one of the all-time greats . . . who’s shown absolutely no signs of slowing down anytime soon.”
– The Real Book Spy

“It’s a masterclass.”
– Simon McDonald

“outstanding…We’ve said before that Connelly is the most consistently superior living crime fiction author. “The Dark Hours’ just reinforces that.”
– Oline Cogdill, Sun- Sentinel, The Best Mystery Books Of 2021

The Dark Hours is an authentic, topical and terrifying thriller: one of Michael Connelly’s very best.”
– Mark Sanderson, The Times (UK)

“Ballard and Bosch are a great combination as they work in and around a police force that Ballard believes too often aims to “protect and serve the image instead of the citizens.””
– Richard Lipez, The Washington Post‘s Best Thrillers & Mysteries Of November

“In Michael Connelly’s ‘The Dark Hours,’ Ballard and Bosch just get better…He’s one of the best in the business at writing about investigations and creating intense suspense, but the relationship between Ballard and Bosch — a professional friendship that grows out of two brilliant minds dedicated to the same difficult but important work — is the cherry on top.”
– Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times

“a veteran crime writer returns with a thrill-packed yet incisive look at present-day America.”
– Readers Digest

“Connelly is sharp as ever and his stories always manage to explore another piece of the city’s soul.”
– CrimeReads

“It’s Connelly’s thirty-sixth novel and, like the other thirty-five, it is frighteningly good.”
– Mike Ripley, Shots Crime & Thriller eZine

“THE DARK HOURS is a top 3 Connelly book. 29 years in and he’s still bringing his fastball. Amazing. Preorder this book!”
– Sean Cameron, The Crew Reviews

“The consistently excellent Connelly’s latest thriller faces up to the challenges of contemporary policing”
– The Mail On Sunday (UK)

The Dark Hours is yet another superb thriller from a writer at the top of his game and will delight the millions of fans of the Bosch books and the accompanying TV drama starring Titus Welliver.”
– The Sunday Express (UK)

“A topical thriller, sensitively handled by a real crime pro.”
– The Scottish Sun (UK)

The Dark Hours is the most riveting of Connelly’s Renée Ballard novels, and a hopeful signpost for the future of the police procedural.”
– Paula Woods, Alta Journal

“The Dark Hours is a book of our times – I urge you to read it.’
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