Desert Star - Michael Connelly

Desert Star

By Michael Connelly

  • Release Date: 2022-11-08
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 2,131 Ratings


LAPD detective Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch team up to hunt the brutal 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. But 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 and lead the cold case unit at the elite Robbery-Homicide Division.

For years, Harry Bosch has been working a case that haunts him—the murder of an entire family by a psychopath who still walks free. Ballard makes Bosch an offer: come volunteer as an investigator in her new Open-Unsolved Unit, and he can pursue his “white whale” with the resources of the LAPD behind him.

First priority for Ballard is to clear the unsolved rape and murder of a sixteen-year-old girl. The decades-old case is essential to the councilman who supported re-forming the unit, and who could shutter it again—the victim was his sister. When Ballard gets a “cold hit” connecting the killing to a similar crime, proving that a serial predator has been at work in the city for years, the political pressure has never been higher. To keep momentum going, she has to pull Bosch off his own investigation, the case that is the consummation of his lifelong mission.

The two must put aside old resentments and new tensions to run to ground not one but two dangerous killers who have operated with brash impunity. In what may be his most gripping and profoundly moving book yet, Michael Connelly shows once again why he has been dubbed “one of the greatest crime writers of all time” (Ryan Steck, Crimereads).

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  • Yet another winner

    By Andrea n don
    Could not put this book down! Exciting, riveting and straight to the heart! Never leave us Harry Bosch.
  • Outstanding

    By The STAZ
    You won’t guess what’s going to happen. You won’t guess how it’s going to end. And you won’t stop reading until you see it through.
  • Took Awile

    By bfd
    But once it got rolling… hold on tight!
  • The Sad One

    By Teri H.S.
    A great book, an awesome book! I don’t want to think about not reading a Harry Bosch book again! I have read him since his first book (Connelly I mean), so please find a way to get one or with luck two more books out of him!
  • Desert Star

    By Lynngal
    Page turner and awesome book. Love the Renee Ballard series. I don’t like Bosch getting old. This may be best book yet! Highly recommend.
  • The story of a righteous man.

    By Kaz90$!
    Well done.
  • Bosch is slowing down

    By fairhope meet up
    Characters are great as usual. The cold cases are interesting but a little slow. Liked Idaho panhandle references as I am a transplant from California. Indeed many retired police officers live here. Always a fan. Hope to read future Bosch books. Like to see more Lincoln lawyer also.
  • Another great Michael Connely read

    By Writekid
    It’s a really nice book but the author has let Bosch age and he is seventy years old now and weak. Some might say that makes him a more desirable character because of his weakness. But I miss the indestructible, Harry Bosch from the concrete blonde novel.
  • Desert Star

    By Joanabake
    Not his best, but I always read them all.
  • Bosch and Ballard, great team

    By conrad 55
    A must read for Michael Connelly fans. One of my favorite of the Bosch series. Love the way Connelly has now fully developed Rene Ballard’s character into someone I want to read more about in the future. Maybe working with Mickey Haller? That would be interesting.