Dark Sacred Night | Book Review


Michael Connelly’s Dark Sacred Night picks up where his two previous novels, The Late Show and Two Kinds of Truth, left off. Renée Ballard continues to work the late shift for Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division. Harry Bosch continues to work cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department. They meet by happenstance when Ballard finds Bosch snooping through Hollywood’s case files in search of information about the murder of Daisy Clayton, whose mother, Elizabeth, Bosch rescued at the end of Two Kinds of Truth. They strike a bargain and investigate the case together. Along the way, Ballard and Bosch investigate … Continue reading Dark Sacred Night | Book Review

Review of ‘City of Bones’ by Michael Connelly


Michael Connelly, City of Bones (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 2002). Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle City of Bones is the eighth installment in Michael Connelly’s series of novels featuring Los Angeles homicide detective Harry Bosch. It opens on New Years Day, when Bosch is called to a home in Laurel Canyon. A dog has found a bone, and its owner, a medical doctor, is certain that it’s human. Bosch begins to investigate and unearths the majority of a skeleton. Forensic examination reveals that the body belonged to a young male who had suffered physical abuse throughout his short life. … Continue reading Review of ‘City of Bones’ by Michael Connelly

Review of ‘A Darkness More Than Night’ by Michael Connelly


Michael Connelly, A Darkness More Than Night (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 2001). Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle “He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.” So wrote Friedrich Nietzsch in Beyond Good and Evil, a statement which poses the central question in Michael Connelly’s A Darkness More Than Night. In the course of conducting an unofficial investigation into a murder, former FBI profiler Terry McCaleb comes to believe that LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is the … Continue reading Review of ‘A Darkness More Than Night’ by Michael Connelly

Review of ‘Angels Flight’ by Michael Connelly


Michael Connelly, Angels Flight: A Harry Bosch Novel (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1999). Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle When a prominent African-American criminal defense attorney is murdered in downtown Los Angeles, Harry Bosch get assigned the case. Unfortunately, the primary suspects are elite detectives in the city’s Robbery Homicide Division. The case is a political loser. If he arrests a cop, he loses the respect of his fellow officers. If he doesn’t arrest a cop, the city will erupt in a riot. Oh, and Bosch’s year-old marriage is falling apart. Angels Flight is Michael Connelly’s sixth Harry Bosch novels, … Continue reading Review of ‘Angels Flight’ by Michael Connelly

Review of ‘Blood Work’ by Michael Connelly


Michael Connelly, Blood Work (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1998). Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle  When I purchased Blood Work online, I thought I was buying the sequel to Trunk Music. “The Also By Michael Connelly” page in the front matter of Trunk Music listed Connelly’s books by publication date, however, not by which character series they were part of. So, when Blood Work arrived, I was surprised to be reading about former FBI agent Terrell “Terry” McCaleb instead of LAPD detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch. Surprised, but not disappointed. Blood Work is a good story in its own right … Continue reading Review of ‘Blood Work’ by Michael Connelly