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Desert Star
Desert Star | Michael Connelly
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LAPD detective Rene Ballard and Harry Bosch team up to hunt the brutal killer who is Boschs white whalea man responsible for the murder of an entire family. A year has passed since LAPD detective Rene 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 himthe 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 againthe 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).
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MicheleinPhilly
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Bosch and Ballard never let me down. I won‘t say much more because I‘m not a spoiling asshole, but this one left me a little verklempt.

Leftcoastzen 👏 4d
TrishB The end of this one is 😱🥲 2d
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swishandflick
Desert Star | Michael Connelly
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After being on the library waitlist foreverrrr with no end in sight, I saw an $11 copy on sale at the airport during my layover and didn't hesitate to snap it up 👏🏽 I love me see Harry Bosch! ❤️

MicheleinPhilly Safe travels! 3w
swishandflick @MicheleinPhilly Thank you! It was a long (but thankfully uneventful) day. 3w
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Crawfor3247
Desert Star | Michael Connelly
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Great read . I love all his books

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Decalino
Desert Star | Michael Connelly
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My son got me this book for Christmas (he knows me so well!) and I read it right away. As usual, Harry Bosch is focused on solving cold cases and finding justice for the dead, this time as a volunteer at the newly reformed Open-Unsolved Unit headed by Renee Ballard. But time is taking its toll on him and it feels increasingly urgent that he find one last murder suspect, no matter what the cost. Another great entry in an exceptional series.

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Andrew65
Desert Star | Michael Connelly
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There‘s a new #Star in the sky, with the new Michael Connelly book that was published in early November. Definitely a case of follow that star!

#DivineDecember

@Eggs @AlwaysBeenALoverOfBooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 👍🏻 2mo
Eggs Well done 🌟🌟 2mo
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TrishB
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Great storyline and interaction with the characters.
The ending though 😞 love this series.

MicheleinPhilly Uh oh. Now I‘m nervous. 2mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly those bloody cliff hangers! 2mo
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KathyWheeler
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I simultaneously like this book and am extremely unhappy with some things that happen near the end. It‘s worth the read though, and I may finally be warming up to Ballard. I have no new walking book on deck yet, so I‘ll have to look for one. Instead of listening to an audiobook on my last walk, I listened to Fleetwood Mac in honor of Christine McVie. #audiowalk

TrishB Yes I‘m very 😞 about the disclosures at the end. 2mo
KathyWheeler @TrishB Me too and my husband won‘t let me tell me tell him about them since he loves the show but hasn‘t read the books and wants to. 2mo
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TrishB
Desert Star | Michael Connelly
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#flightread
Short flight to Belfast, going to see The Cure tomorrow 😁

AmyG My daughter would be soooo jealous. Have fun! 2mo
Bookwomble Very cool 😎 2mo
AlaMich Ooooh, the Cure!! I loved them back in the day! 2mo
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LeahBergen I hope they play Charlotte Sometimes! Have fun! 😘 2mo
wanderinglynn Ooh, I‘m so jealous! Love the Cure! Enjoy!!! 2mo
batsy So jealous! One of my favourites to have seen live. Enjoy! 💜 2mo
Hooked_on_books Oh man, that sounds awesome! 2mo
MicheleinPhilly I shared a bedroom with one of my sisters until I was 12. She had a MASSIVE poster of Robert Smith on the wall that used to give me nightmares. 🤣🤣 2mo
TrishB @LeahBergen sadly not! In all the years I‘ve seen them I‘ve never heard it live. 2mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly aww Roberts‘s not scary ❤️ 2mo
MicheleinPhilly He was in that poster! 2mo
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KathyWheeler
Desert Star | Michael Connelly
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Well, this is a far cry from A Wish for Winter! It‘s good to be back with Bosch & Ballard again. There‘s a new Open Unsolved Unit that Ballard heads; she recruits Harry for it. There were terrible thunderstorms last night but the afternoon was beautiful for a #audiowalk.

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Tonton
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By strange coincidence (this is only the second time)I read two books in a row that share the same type of hero and theme; this time the latest Rebus and Bosch. Both grumpy lone wolves, retired, with a private code of honor that doesn‘t fit the world anymore. Both see no way out except that of going over the ultimate line. Brought back a memory of a shocking, indelible, episode of a gritty police series titled Baltimore. Same theme.

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Twainy
Desert Star | Michael Connelly
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🎧 Bosch 24, Ballard 5. Another great Bosch book! My favorite Ballard book to date the chapter POV switches back & forth between Ballard & Bosch and the narrators are fantastic!

Bosch cones back at Ballard s behest to a cold case unit. Bosch is Bosch & and soon he‘s up to his old tricks.

Great police procedural! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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EvieBee
Desert Star | Michael Connelly
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My irrational fear is that Bosch, although a fictional character, might not rally again. What‘s the LAPD without Harry?!? Sigh. Another great police procedural!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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EvieBee
Desert Star | Michael Connelly
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I so look forward to the Renee Ballard drop every fall/winter! Can‘t wait to sink my teeth in. Thank you, library system!

Traci1 I really liked this one. It felt more like a Bosch book with bits of Ballard, though. 3mo
EvieBee @Traci1 When I first got into the series, Bosch really annoyed me. I wanted it to be all about Renee, but then he grew on me. I surprised myself by starting his series from the beginning. 😆 3mo
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