Desert Star

Desert Star by Michael Connelly Book Summary

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).

Desert Star by Michael Connelly Book Reviews

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I was trying out this morning to my house to go home now I

I just wanted to let you know that I have a job for you to

And you know I will go ahead with me I will be at

I’m going back to my place now I’m not done yet

Michael Connelly’s novels never disappoint. There were a few holes in this story, but overall a good read. I hope this is not the last Bosch book.

Well done.

I couldn't put it down! Love the stories, the characters, the "feel" of being there with Harry. He never disappoints.

I’m 8 chapters in and can’t stop. I have to confess that I’m not an avid reader, but this book have me hooked on the story and I love it. What a way to star my reading habit to work again.

We’ll done story like earlier writings

He stays true to the character and the story is as good as any others. Sad he writes an exit plan for Harry but nothing last forever.

While adding to Renee Ballard’s profile, Michael weaves the best of everything that is Bosch. By far his best ever, I am saddened to think Harry is coming to an end. All of his works grab you from the start and leave you breathless by the end. Thank you for the pleasure of reading another one of your masterpieces.

Yet one more book I stayed wit for long reading sessions. Enjoyed it - the story, the writing, the considerations weighed in authoring it. Thank you!

A great read. I wanted to slow down and savor the story, but it pulled me to the end. I wanted it to keep going.

Really great read.

Could not put this book down! Exciting, riveting and straight to the heart! Never leave us Harry Bosch.

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.

But once it got rolling… hold on tight!

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!

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.

Well done.

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.

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.

Not his best, but I always read them all.

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.

RIP Harry. Thank you, Michael.

The first 1/3 of book had a tremendous amount of filler. The last 2/3 was classic Bosch and excellent. Not sure the Ballard character can survive a series without Harry Bosch on the scene!

I read this book after a series of similarly themed books in this genre by other authors. It reminded me again how a brilliant author can engage the reader with sufficient detail to create tension, excitement, anticipation and entertainment without bogging down the pace of the story or losing the complexity of the characters. Connelly is the best there is at it.

Interesting. Not his best, but worthwhile reading.

Another page turner from Mr. Connelly,

Love the Bosch books - and the prior Bosch Ballard pairings. This installment was disappointing with a plodding pace and no suspense.

4.5/5 stars. Great characters as usual. Unique plot that eventually comes together. I’d recommend it. Hal R

I have read all the Bosh books and the only thing wrong with Desert Star is it ends. From start to finish its a wonderful read. Hopefully, our Desert Star finds his way into many more books.

As usual, this Connolly book was a delight to read. A great and believable plot. Continually entertaining. Wish he would do more books each year.

I have really enjoyed all the Harry Bosch novels and this was no exception. A unique organization-cold cases,books of lost souls. Two super cases.Harry is my favorite character, hope he is around awhile longer.

This was an enjoyable murder mystery with a few twists to keep the reader engaged. The characters are interesting and the stories mostly believable and realistic.

Michael Connelly did it again! Great story with righteous cases, nice plot twists, a road trip, and justice being served. I sense a great follow up story…

Thought I’d try one last Connelly read, but no, it too disappointed like the last one. He's creat two of the most unlikeable leads since Ahab in Bash and Bannock. Two cases, rushed resolutions, and a morbid ending that confirms Harry Bosch is a grade a —

Mr. Connolly sir. For the gift of Harry Bosch. Respectfully, Mike Cook Richland WA

I’ve read all the books in this series and found this one to be the best so far. I’m hoping there are a few left…🤔😉

Wow! Another awesome book by an outstanding writer! I loved reading this story. I am surprised at Renee’s maturity and confidence, and how easily she manages her new staff. I’m always impressed with Harry. He is just awesome and irreplaceable.

This series of books, written by Michael Connelly, got me through forced bed rest and a dark time in my life. Harry Bosch is real to me and Renee Ballard is too, now. I don’t know what the future holds for the two of them but the stories have been incredible and I hope they continue for a long time. This book tied up some loose ends but left questions unanswered and more stories to tell. Looking forward to the next one.

Good book but sad ending! Seems to be the writer modus operandi!! Good books weak ending!

Some of his best writing

Well-plotted, characters always engrossing…sensing a denouement here, but a fine and gallant conclusion. Love Bosch and Ballard for who they are.

As always, a very enjoyable read. Bosch and Ballard work to solve Open/unsolved homicides including Bosch ‘s “white whale.”

give a book 5 stars. But the crime solving duo of Bosch and Ballard is an exciting read. Like the first 2 in this series, no disappointment. Mr. Connelly knows how to write a great story, still fresh and fascinating after all these years.

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One of his best, I couldn’t put it done so unfortunately I was through it in no time. Excellent read.

Another great one from Michael Connelly, sad because Harry is getting old…

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About Michael Connelly Wiki

Michael Joseph Connelly (born July 21, 1956) is an American author of detective novels and other crime fiction, notably those featuring LAPD Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch and criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller. Connelly is the bestselling author of 31 novels and one work of non-fiction, with over 74 million copies of his books sold worldwide and translated into 40 languages. His first novel, The Black Echo, won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best First Novel in 1992. In 2002, Clint Eastwood directed and starred in the movie adaptation of Connelly's 1997 novel, Blood Work. In March 2011, the movie adaptation of Connelly's novel The Lincoln Lawyer starred Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller. Connelly was the President of the Mystery Writers of America from 2003 to 2004. Early life Connelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the second oldest child of W. Michael Connelly, a property developer, and Mary Connelly, a homemaker. He is of Irish ancestry. Ac....

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