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fred7771

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I think DSN is a suspenseful read that successfully intertwines two careers that have a lot in common.  While Harry shows his age through certain aspects of MC's description in Dark Sacred Night, he hasn't changed much in his signal areas of relentlessness, risk-taking, and street smarts.  I would argue that Rachel Ballard displays the same characteristics.

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SPOILERS in mostly a broad sense.

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Harry limps doggedly through the book, but in a straight line as always, with his eyes on the prize.  At points he questions his sexual ability at 65+, expresses frustration with his knee problem, and doubts his judgment with regards to how he has handled tactical solutions. Rachel continues to demonstrate that LA police machismo continues to be an impediment for female officers in 2018, but maneuvers around the male bias by dint of her implacable pursuit of the big evil.  Still the endings here are not happy, although both of our leading characters need rescuing and therein lies the suspense, highlighting the resourcefulness of those main characters.  I enjoyed the give-and-take between Ballard and Bosch, to a point where I wasn't surprised that MC establishes that their collaboration will continue.  (Suggestions about who will play Rachel in the Amazon series to follow on this board I'm guessing.)

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Jeannie

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Just finished DSN and really loved it!

I must admit I was not crazy about Renee's introduction in The Late Show.  She did not quite gel for me as an authentic character.

Dark Sacred Night has changed all that.  She strides through the book as a strong, genuine foil as well as friend to Harry, and I am completely sold.  As Harry himself recognizes by the end of the book, she is the real deal.

For years I have been waiting for the TV show to introduce Rachel into the mix, but thought maybe her character as an FBI profiler had been merged into the Eleanor character.  But now that Eleanor is gone, maybe Rachel could be introduced. 

But if there was a choice, I would really like to see Renee incorporated into the show, even though she is not a love interest to Harry.  I can see them getting together but it might not work because Renee seems to see him as more of a father figure.


SPOILER ALERT:
It was obvious about a third of the way into the book who the killer was, but it was still fun to see it unfold.

fred7771

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I also SUSPECTED that you-know-who was the serial killer, but I didn't feel certain about it.

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However I found the book to be more "dark" than "sacred" for sure, especially due to some turns of conversation between the two lead characters.

By the end of the book the emphasis seemed to be on the bleakness of the LA landscape as far as human behavior and the value of life.  The "shake" cards consistently described human trash on the streets of "The City of Angels," an irony not lost on the two detectives.  At one point they both state, "What a wonderful world!" to describe sarcastically the general uselessness, purposeless, and depravity of the many folks "in the life", not coincidentally the title of the Louis Armstrong song from which the line about the "dark sacred night" comes from.  Harry's future is uncertain, except for the fact that he, the outsider, will be collaborating with insider Renee.  To emphasize the darkness, Renee discovers that the poetic author of her favorite shake card descriptions has committed suicide not long after leaving the police force. When she mentions that fact to Harry, he tells her that "a lot of poets end their own lives." A dark point of view, indeed.

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