Author Connelly releases new novel depicting area

| December 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

THE DARK HOURS by Michael Connelly debuted Nov. 9.

Mystery writer Michael Connelly is at it again, this time penning a new thriller that includes depictions of our Greater Wilshire neighborhoods impacted by the pandemic and recent social unrest.

Many of our Larchmont Chronicle readers are fans of the just-concluded “Bosch” Amazon TV series. Based upon the novels starring Detective Harry Bosch written by Michael Connelly, the TV show, like the novels, is set in Los Angeles. Featured is the nearby Hollywood Police Station on Wilcox and De Longpre avenues. Because the action frequently is in this part of town, the Greater Wilshire neighborhoods often are used as locations for the TV show.

For example, the television home of the successful criminal defense lawyer, Honey “Money” Chandler, is in New Windsor Square. Lawyer Chandler is a character who continues in the just-named “Bosch” spinoff coming from IMDb TV sometime next year, “Bosch: Legacy.” Filming of the spinoff’s first season’s 10 episodes is complete, and location trucks and crews often were seen throughout our part of town in recent months.

The Dark Hours

Just released last month (Nov. 9) was Connelly‘s latest novel, his 36th, “The Dark Hours.” Featuring the LAPD Hollywood Division’s late-night detective, Renée Ballard, the novel also includes retired LAPD detective, now private investigator, Harry Bosch!

Our Greater Wilshire neighborhoods and institutions are involved in “The Dark Hours” plot. To give our local readers a taste of what is to come (and the book can be purchased at Chevalier’s, of course), the Larchmont Chronicle hereby presents a shameless, albeit certainly unneeded, plug and preview for the new book, lifted from the website,

“A brazen and methodical killer strikes on New Year’s Eve [2021], and LAPD Detective Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch must join forces to find justice for the victim in a city scarred by fear and social unrest, in the new thriller from #1 “New York Times” best selling author Michael Connelly.

“There’s chaos in Hollywood at the end of the New Year’s Eve countdown. Working her graveyard shift, LAPD Detective Renée Ballard waits out the traditional rain of lead as hundreds of revelers shoot their guns into the air. Only minutes after midnight, Ballard is called to a scene where a hardworking auto shop owner has been fatally hit by a bullet in the middle of a crowded street party.

“Ballard quickly concludes that the deadly bullet could not have fallen from the sky and that it is linked to another unsolved murder — a case at one time worked by Detective Harry Bosch. At the same time, Ballard hunts a fiendish pair of serial rapists, the Midnight Men, who have been terrorizing women and leaving no trace.

“Determined to solve both cases, Ballard feels like she is constantly running uphill in a police department indelibly changed by the pandemic and recent social unrest. It is a department so hampered by inertia and low morale that Ballard must go outside to the one detective she can count on: Harry Bosch. But as the two inexorable detectives work together to find out where old and new cases intersect, they must constantly look over their shoulders. The brutal predators they are tracking are ready to kill to keep their secrets hidden.”

Not to provide spoilers … but … that auto shop is on either Gower or Cahuenga, and Citrus and Lucerne figure in the rape investigation. Plus, Larchmont and Chevalier’s get shout-outs. And there is more…

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