Michael Connelly

Cindy Seip

Michael Connelly is the author of 35 previous novels, including The New York Times bestsellers The Law of Innocence, Fair Warning, and The Night Fire. A former newspaper reporter, his books, which include the Harry Bosch, Lincoln Lawyer, and Renée Ballard series, have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide. In The Dark Hours (Little, Brown and Company), the fourth installment in the Ballard and Bosch series, it’s New Year’s Eve in Hollywood and LAPD detective Renée Ballard waits out the traditional rain of lead as hundreds of revelers shoot their guns into the air after the countdown. Minutes after midnight, she’s called to a scene where a hardworking auto shop owner has been fatally hit by a bullet in a crowded street party. Ballard quickly determines that the deadly bullet could not have fallen from the sky, and that it’s linked to another unsolved murder. But the department is so hampered by inertia and low morale that to solve both cases, Ballard must go outside to the one detective she can count on: Harry Bosch. And as the two detectives work together to find out where old and new cases intersect, they must constantly look over their shoulders. Jeff Ayers of The Associated Press called Connelly “the Raymond Chandler of this generation, and readers will be studying his writing methods decades from now.”