Desert Star, Michael Connelly
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Desert Star

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Author: Michael Connelly

Series: A Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch Novel

Narrator: Titus Welliver, Christine Lakin, Peter Giles

Unabridged: 9 hr 37 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Little, Brown & Company

Published: 11/08/2022

Genre: Fiction - Crime

Synopsis

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 must pull Bosch off his all-consuming 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).

About the Author

Author Michael Connelly was born in Philadelphia PA in 1956. His genre of choice are crime fiction and thrillers. The term "detectiveis used to describe many of his works, such as those featuring LAPD Detective HieronymusBosch or criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller. Most every reader is familiar with those characters. A fun fact is that Connelly recreated a lot of publicity when President Bill Clinton was exiting a bookstore carrying the Connelly novel, "The Concrete Blonde "Harry novels

Connelly wrote which was adapted to film with Cline Eastwood as director and playing the lead actor as character FBI agent Terry McCabe. The book and movie were based on the "survivorsthat a person has after a heart transplant. s interest in the world of crime investigation come when he was 16 and one night on his way home from working as a dishwasher, he witnessed a man throwing an object into a hedge. Curious, he retrieved the object which ended up being a gun wrapped in a flannel shirt. A great happening for a future fictional crime novelist.

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