Book of the Day

Dark Sacred Night
By Michael Connelly
Grand Central Publishing
ISBN 978-1538731758
Publication Date: April 30, 2019

Dark Sacred Night

Review by Joy Gorence


Michael Connelly once again has created a riveting, suspenseful novel, Dark Sacred Night. This time, Detective Renee Ballard of the Hollywood Division is called to the scene of a grisly murder at the beginning of her watch.  With few clues that would indicate foul play, she heads back to the office only to find Harry Bosch looking through a file cabinet labeled “Detective Cesar Rivera: Hollywood Sex Crimes Unit.” Although Bosch, who does work for the San Fernando PD, has retired, he has promised to look into a decade’s old case of a murdered young girl, Daisy Clayton.  It is more than a favor for her mother, Elizabeth. Bosch finally levels with Ballard and explains what case he is investigating.  Bosch is drawn to solving this case for personal reasons.

Bosch and Ballard have a penchant for discovering the truth. Consummate detectives, they have a common interest, making justice prevail. The reader soon discovers that their experiences have a thin thread of commonality. When Ballard offers her help to Bosch, he is guarded. They eventually join forces and build a trusting relationship.  Connelly creates subplots as Ballard and Bosch work on their independent cases. They each allocate times to work and share information on their “off-time” to bring justice for the murder of Daisy. Their work together heightens the intrigue as they become embroiled in uncovering the truth.

Michael Connelly weaves the narrations of the Bosch and Ballard, which enhances the pace of discovery for the reader. He has joined two outstanding detectives in a case that will leave the reader wanting this dynamic duo to solve more than this one mystery.

Joy Gorence is new to Killer Nashville.  She is an author, world-traveler, English professor (ret.), and avid reader.  Originally from Long Island, NY she now lives in South Florida with her husband, Bill and their two pampered kitties.