Dark Sacred Night

Dark Sacred Night

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Detective Renée Ballard is working the graveyard shift again, and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find that an older man has snuck in and is rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is none other than legendary LAPD detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out, but eventually Bosch persuades her to help and she relents. Bosch is investigating the death of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway who was brutally murdered. He crossed paths with her devastated mother while working a previous case, and Daisy's story has seized hold of him.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780316484800
0316484806
Characteristics: 433 pages ;,25 cm.

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cluhowy
Jan 16, 2019

I am avid fan of Michael Connolley and have read every book he has written. With each new novel published I’ve wondered if he would be able to sustain his high standard of writing and momentum. His plots are always fresh, interesting, and well written with unique, well developed characters. In his last novel, “The Late Show” published in 2017, he introduced a dynamic new character, Renée Ballard. I was hesitant when I began the book wondering if the new character would capture my attention. I found I was engrossed with her character’s background, pleasantly surprised how quickly I embraced her. She is a wonderful, realistic, tough, female protagonist, a great role model for women. I looked forward to another in this series and was excited to get my hands on “Dark Sacred Night,” recently published. In this second in series, I found Harry Bosch to be very bland. The plot centered on solving a “cold case” and it was neither suspenseful or fast paced. I was disappointed in Connelley’s lack of character development of Renée. I found myself losing focus, something that has never happened to me before when reading any of his previous works.
Not Connelley’s best work. I hope the next novel in this series has much more complexity of characters, thrill and suspense. Michael Connelley has been the gold standard in his genre, and I hope that this novel is an anomaly.

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jimg2000
Jan 06, 2019

Updated with quotes today...

2nd novel on the amazing case works of the lone wolf Hollywood Homicide detective Renée Ballard (The Late Show 2017) whose character was inspired by the real LAPD Robbery-Homicide detective Mitzi Roberts. Not great as The Late Show but a good read when Ballard decided to team up with Bosch on an Open-Unsolved "hobby case" while juggling her busy and sometimes dangerous workload.

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LuvReadingStuff
Jan 05, 2019

My first read of 2019 and I enjoyed another Harry Bosch story. I like that Michael paired Bosch up with Ballard. It's always interesting how the crime gets solved. I thought it was one person and it ended up being another. Harry Bosch is always an entertaining read.

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sloanelCPL
Jan 04, 2019

Connelly just keeps getting better and better. Ballard was a wonderful addition to the cast, and Ballard and Bosch make a wonderful combination. After a few experiences of dipping in to a series I've liked in the past and feeling disappointed, it was wonderful to be swept up into this story and enjoy it so much. I look forward to more Ballard and Bosch.

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Martun
Jan 03, 2019

Not his best work. Surprised it's a bestseller. Stopped reading after about 50 pages.

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Carolwagers
Jan 02, 2019

Easy read. Doubtful that real police clear crimes so easily, and I'm especially skeptical that two police were rescued from certain death in the nick of time. Definitely NOT for a book club discussion. Too little substance.

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Ephriam
Dec 23, 2018

I have read all of the Harry Bosch series that Michael Connelly wrote. Since I have read so many of his books this book was an easy read as almost all his characters I already knew by heart as well as their characteristics. I find that Michael Connelly with almost every Harry Bosch that there is always a dirty cop involved, a cop who is incompetent, Harry is always bordering the line of right and wrong during his investigation and he pushes the limits, that multiple murders are solved by the end of the story, and Harry ends up getting the perve. I notice that Ballard has a lot of similar characteristics as Harry although she is much younger. I rate this book as a five although I do not believe it is his best work. But Michael still does not let you down as you become entwine with his imagination and the illusion of the story.

PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 15, 2018

I really dug the Bosch/Ballard combo. This second Ballard really shows the difference in the characters as well as their workloads. Following Ballard means all sorts of different cases all the time. Connelly does a good job of coming from a woman's perspective as well.

"Murder was murder, and Ballard knew that every case deserved the full attention and effort of the police department. But Ballard was always struck by the murder of a woman... [There was] something unfair that went beyond the general unfairness of death at the hands of another. She wondered how men would live if they knew that in every moment of their lives, their size and nature made them vulnerable to the opposite sex."

Ballard helps Bosch with the open-unsolved case of the murder of the daughter of an addict he met undercover in his last outing. I find that Bosch is more likeable as he ages, more likely not to make assumptions, more empathetic, and more willing to admit his own mistakes. For a suspense procedural, this was also a very thoughtful and at times heartbreaking novel. Connelly may have signed a deal with satan to get these out so quickly but I want to reassure him, it was worth it.

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USAF1969
Dec 08, 2018

Expected great stuff from Michael Connelly and Harry Bosch in DARK SACRED NIGHT and so much more! Great crime story with Bosch following up on cold-cases. Only this time, his work (and sort of out of the box a mini-rogue behavior) leads him to cross paths with a another detective (also a bit out of the box and mini-rogue). The two become entwined in working their separate cases throughout, while working together on a cold-case important to Bosch. Apparently, Connelly intends for this relationship to continue as they (the two detectives) agree to stay in touch and work cases together in their spare time. The new Bosch 'partner' is named Renee Ballard. Oh, and it says on the cover of the book that this is A BALLARD AND BOSCH novel, which made me wonder for a short bit if I had missed a previous novel. PS - I don't read the cover descriptions of books - obviously. Enjoy!

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midori_hon
Dec 08, 2018

well-crafted, fast read. was it emotionally resonant? no, but it was enjoyable enough like a big plate of gooey nachos. a fun treat, but not necessarily something you want every day.

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Jan 06, 2019

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The patrol officers had left the front door open. They thought they were doing her a favor, airing the place out. But that was a violation of crime scene protocol regarding evidence containment. Bugs could go in and out. Touch DNA could be disturbed by a breeze through the house. Odors were particulate. Airing out a crime scene meant losing part of that crime scene.
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It was Monday morning , her first shift of a week running solo , and Ballard knew she would need to get at least one more wear out of her suit and possibly two . That meant not fouling it with the stink of decamp.
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She thought she picked up the slight odor of decomposition and death but couldn’t be sure if it had permeated her clothes or was simply an olfactory memory.
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The man who was checking the cabinets seemingly at random had gray hair and a mustache.
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A runaway. Name was Daisy. She was fifteen and putting it out on the street. Sad case.

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jimg2000
Jan 06, 2019

“Cleared-other” was a designation for a case that was officially closed but without an arrest or prosecution. Usually because the suspect was dead or serving a life sentence for another crime, and it was not worth the time, expense, and risk of going to trial on a case that would not result in additional punishment.
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“High jingo” was LAPD-speak for when a case involved department politics. The kind of case where a career could be diverted by a wrong move.
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Bosch as a lead investigator. She zeroed in on the last case he handled before leaving the LAPD. It was a multiple-victim murder involving an arson of an apartment building in which several victims, including children, died of smoke inhalation. On several of the reports associated with the case, Bosch’s partner was listed as Lucia Soto.

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jimg2000
Jan 06, 2019

Ballard had never been the kind of detective who could leave the work in a drawer at the end of shift. She carried it with her and it was her empathy that fueled her.
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Her plan was to head out to Venice, drop off laundry, pick up her dog at the overnight kennel, and then carry her tent and a paddleboard out to the beach.
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She was attractive, maybe midthirties, with brown, sun - streaked hair cut at the shoulders and a slim, athletic build.
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She had a mix of races in her skin. He guessed that she was probably half white, half Polynesian.
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He had always operated according to the axiom that everybody counts in this world or nobody counts. This belief dictated that he must give each case and each victim his best effort.
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“‘The late show’?” Elizabeth asked. “That’s what they call the midnight shift at Hollywood Division, because of all the crazy stuff that happens there in the middle of the night.

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jimg2000
Jan 06, 2019

Subject is a human tumbleweed Goes where the wind blows him will blow away tomorrow nobody will miss him
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“When do you sleep?” “When I can.”
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“It’s not your case. It’s an LAPD case.” “It belongs to whoever’s working it.”
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“I’m not much into it either — organized religion. I grew up in Hawaii. My father chased waves. That was our religion.”
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“Well, it’s like they say, the cover-up is worse than the crime. It always gets them in the end.”
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“My faith is my business,” she said. “Why not proclaim your faith?” McMullen pressed. “Because it’s private. I don’t … I’m not part of any organized religion. I don’t feel the need for it. I believe in what I believe. That’s it.”

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jimg2000
Jan 06, 2019

He was a hard charger nicknamed Torpedo, who had accumulated several one-day suspensions for overaggressive enforcement and behavior. Female cops referred to these as testosterone time-outs.
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She knew it was a city of cameras. Finding them was always high on any investigative protocol. Nowadays you looked for video before witnesses. Cameras didn’t lie or get confused.
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“What happens when you eat too much alphabet soup?” “What?” “You have a vowel movement.”
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This kid knows nothing better than the street. If he was put into a one-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen he’d move into the closet and sleep on the floor. He’s one of the rain people.
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For every noble movement or advancement in the human endeavor across time, there were always betrayers who set everything a step back.

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jimg2000
Jan 06, 2019

GRASP was indeed a public relations ploy by a former chief who took the reins of the department and touted a law enforcement think - tank idea of studying crime through geography to help determine how people and facilities were targeted .
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“Geographic Reporting and Safety Program,” Bosch said. “The guys down in the ASS Office really worked some OT on it.” “Ass Office?” “The Acronym Selection Section. You never heard of it? They got about ten guys down there full - time. ”
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Department regulations allowed an officer to carry a boot gun or some other backup weapon as long as it was on an approved list of firearms and the officer notified command staff and entered the details in the weapons registry.

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jimg2000
Jan 06, 2019

Using exigent circumstances was a tricky thing and you didn’t want it to come back and bite you on a case. “EC refers to the missing man and possible danger to him,” Ballard said. “You don’t look under a rug for a missing man. You look under a rug for evidence. I’m going to call a judge, and that way there are no issues down the road. ”
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“No college kid is awake this early.” “No, just checking her location,” Bosch said. “Seeing if she’s at home. She’s twenty - one now and I thought that would lessen the worry, but it’s only made it worse. ” “Does she know you can track her?” “Yeah, we made a deal. I can track her and she can track me. I think she worries about me as much as I worry about her. ” “That’s nice, but you know that she can just leave her phone in her room and you’d think she was there.” Bosch looked up from the phone to Ballard.

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jimg2000
Jan 06, 2019

He wrapped all of his Vietnam experiences into one phrase, “Sin loi.” Tough shit. (sin loy -- a polite Vietnamese phrase literally meaning "excuse me" or "pardon me".)
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The program arose from his studies of crime patterns in and around USC after a spate of assaults and robberies of student’s just blocks from campus. After collecting data, Calder used statistics to project the frequency and locations of future crimes in the neighborhoods surrounding the university.
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The decommissioned space shuttle Endeavour had been flown to L.A. six years earlier, slowly moved through the streets of South - Central, and put on permanent display inside the air and space center at the park.
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“What was CONUS?” “Continental United States. They didn’t want you going back to the mainland because of all the protests. But if you worked things right in Honolulu, you could sneak onto a flight in civvies and get back to L.A.”

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jimg2000
Jan 06, 2019

Under the law, officers could make an arrest for lewd behavior only if it was witnessed by the public and a citizen reported being offended.
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Abducting a cop was a big move that would put massive pressure on the VSF. Killing a cop was even bigger pressure. Cortez wanted deniability.
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In his early life Bosch had spent fifteen months in Vietnam. Not a day went by in that time that he didn’t hear helicopters. It was the background music of the war. Hiding in the elephant grass, waiting for a dust off, he had learned early how to read their sound for distance and location. He could now tell that the airship flying above them was spiraling in increasingly larger circles.

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jimg2000
Jan 06, 2019

“Come on, you must’ve done it a million times. Make the guy think he’s helping the police. Draw him in and lock in his story, then turn it upside down. He goes from hero to zero. ” Bosch nodded. “ Got it,” he said. “We always called that the rope a dope.”
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Operation Desert Stormy, which depicted porn star Stormy Daniels straddling a missile in a bathing suit. Ballard scanned the credits for Beaupre’s name but didn’t see it.
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“Wilson Gayley is dangerous? What did he do? Run a stop sign? Flip off a nun? ”
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“He had a silver tongue. He used to say he could sell matches to the devil.
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Getting her sober only made the pain sharper and less bearable.

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