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The Dark Hours: The Brand New Blockbuster Ballard & Bosch Thriller (Ballard & Bosch 1 Book 23) (English Edition) Format Kindle
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AS NIGHT FALLS, A KILLER COMES TO LIGHT...
'An authentic, topical and terrifying thriller: one of Michael Connelly's very best.' THE TIMES
'The Dark Hours is yet another superb thriller from a writer at the top of his game'
'Consistently excellent ... The plotting is as skilful as ever, and the pacing as relentless'
MAIL ON SUNDAY
On New Year's Eve at the end of one of the hardest years in history, hundreds of revellers shoot their guns into the air in time-honoured LA tradition. But as the rain of lead comes down, a man is shot dead in the middle of a crowded street party.
Detective Renée Ballard soon connects the bullet to an unsolved cold case last worked by legendary ex-LAPD detective Harry Bosch. As they investigate where the old and new cases connect, a new crime shatters the night shift.
The Midnight Men are a pair of violent predators who stalk the city during the dark hours, and will kill to keep their identities secret.
In a police department shaken to the core by pandemic and protests, both cases have the power to save Ballard's belief in the job - or take everything from her...
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CRIME DOESN'T COME BETTER THAN CONNELLY.
'One of the very best writers working today' Sunday Telegraph
'The pre-eminent detective novelist of his generation' Ian Rankin
'A superb natural storyteller' Lee Child
'A master' Stephen King
'Crime thriller writing of the highest order' Guardian
'America's greatest living crime writer' Daily Express
'A crime writing genius' Independent on Sunday
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Revue de presse
“A thoroughly engrossing procedural… The Dark Hours offers plenty of shocking scenes and clever surprises."―Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal
“Outstanding… Connelly is the most consistently superior living crime fiction author. The Dark Hours just reinforces that.”―Oline H. Cogdill, South Florida Sun Sentinel
“Extraordinary… [Connelly] is 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.”―Collette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times
“Connelly is sharp as ever... his stories always manage to explore another piece of the city’s soul."―Crimereads
“A masterpiece… Meticulous about actual police procedure, Connelly makes the fundamentals of detective work engrossing while providing plenty of suspense and action.”―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The fourth Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch novel is the best yet… Ballard has evolved into one of crime fiction's richest, most complex characters.”―Bill Ott, Booklist (starred review)
“Stellar… 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 --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition kindle_edition.
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- ASIN : B08WPWZ57C
- Éditeur : Orion; 1er édition (9 novembre 2021)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 1967 KB
- Synthèse vocale : Activée
- Lecteur d’écran : Pris en charge
- Confort de lecture : Activé
- X-Ray : Activé
- Word Wise : Activé
- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 401 pages
- Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0316485640
- Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon : 490 en Boutique Kindle (Voir les 100 premiers en Boutique Kindle)
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Après, c'est toujours du Connelly, ça reste bien construit et agréable à lire. Mais ce côté "je suis dans le camp du bien, regardez comme les hommes c'est des vilains alors que les femmes elles sont toutes des gentilles victimes" est franchement lourdaud et m'a gâché mon plaisir de lecture.
Je ne lui en tiens pas rigueur, ça reste mon auteur favori. Mais il va lui falloir prendre un grand bol d'air post-covid et repartir du bon pied.
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Detective Renee Ballard is working a potential murder. During the new year celebrations, a man is killed during the celebratory gunshots into the air. Not satisfied with one case though, there are women being raped and filmed by a two man team. Like her mentor, Harry Bosch, Renee always sees the job through.
The relationship between Ballard and Bosch is nicely rounded. Ballard makes connections on both cases but Harry has years of experience to draw on and is only too happy to be kept in the game.
I could never tire of Bosch and Ballard is a force of nature. As you would expect from Connelly, the plotting is masterful. Connelly clearly keeps himself fully appraised of the latest LAPD slang, practices, gripes, funding and this comes across strongly in his writing. For me, LA itself shares the top billing with Ballard and Bosch. A joy to read.
The stories I most enjoy reading are those with great characterisation, an engaging plot and an atmospheric setting. This story has all three. Bosch and Ballard are very different individuals; their thoughts and views reflect in part their differences in age; Bosch cannot give up a lifetime of finding the perpetrators of crime (especially those crimes which remain unsolved) even though his health is failing and he has been retired for a number of years while Ballard is at that stage of her life when one questions if one's chosen career is what one wants to do for the rest of one's life, and in Ballard's case particularly as her career appears to have stalled.
The plot is really gripping. There are two separate story lines for us to enjoy and each have their moments of high drama and tension.
The setting is Los Angeles and Connelly's portrayal of the city pulls no punches - we get to see the good as well as the dark underside of LA and its inhabitants.
I have read most of the Michael Connelly's novels and for me this is a cracking read, so I have no hesitation in rating it five stars and recommending it to anyone who enjoys reading police procedural crime novels that are set in the present day and which are strong on character, plot and atmosphere.
The worst part of reading it is constantly flinching at Connelly's stretching and bending of the narrative to fit what he apparently feels are the political requirements of contemporary society. The book is absolutely drowning in Covid piety. Ballard can't take a step without reassuring us that she's putting on her face mask. Heck, even when she has to lower her mask to drink a cup of coffee she quickly announces to us that she has turned her head away from everyone else. It's not a pretty sight to watch a fine novelist desperately pandering to popular culture the way Connelly does in this book, and I suspect the novel will age very poorly because of it.
Maybe the book's just too California for me, but by a quarter of the way in it was already feeling like the Karen of crime novels. I'm sick to death of being lectured in real life. I sure as hell don't want to be lectured when I settle down with a new cop novel.
Amendment:. It took longer for me to be gripped by this book, but when I was it lived up to expectations