I finished Desert Star by Michael Connelly this week. This was released in early November. It is the fifth book in the Renée Ballard series. Like books 2 through 4, Connelly used this to continue the Harry Bosch story arc. There are two primary cases that are intertwined to tell the entire story. While both characters got some “air time”, the focus seemed to be on bringing the Bosch story arc to a close.
Here are a couple of promotional videos for the book. This is pretty classic Connelly. If you are a fan, you will enjoy it.
LAPD detective Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch work together to hunt the killer who is Bosch’s “white whale”—a man responsible for the murder of an entire family.
A year has passed since LAPD detective Renée Ballard quit the force in the face of misogyny, demoralization, and endless red tape. Yet, after the chief of police himself tells her she can write her own ticket within the department, Ballard takes back her badge, leaving the “Late Show” to rebuild the cold case unit at the elite Robbery-Homicide Division.
For years, Harry Bosch has been working on a case that haunts him but that he hasn’t been able to crack—the murder of an entire family by a psychopath who still walks free. Ballard makes Bosch an offer: come work with her as a volunteer investigator in the new Open-Unsolved Unit, and he can pursue his “white whale” with the resources of the LAPD behind him.
The two must put aside old resentments to work together again and close in on a dangerous killer.
Released November 8, 2022