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The Night Fire

A Bosch and Ballard Thriller
Series: Harry Bosch, Book 22, Renée Ballard, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
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Summary

Harry Bosch and LAPD Detective Renee Ballard come together again on the murder case that obsessed Bosch's mentor, the man who trained him - new from number one New York Times best-selling author Michael Connelly.   

Back when Harry Bosch was just a rookie homicide detective, he had an inspiring mentor who taught him to take the work personally and light the fire of relentlessness for every case. Now that mentor, J.J. Thompson, is dead, but after his funeral his widow hands Bosch a murder book that Thompson took with him when he left the LAPD 20 years before - the unsolved killing of a troubled young man in an alley used for drug deals.   

Bosch brings the murder book to Renée Ballard and asks her to help him find what about the case lit Thompson's fire all those years ago. That will be their starting point.  

The bond between Bosch and Ballard tightens as they become a formidable investigation team. And they soon arrive at a worrying question: did Thompson steal the murder book to work the case in retirement or to make sure it never got solved? 

©2019 Michael Connelly (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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Swiss watch plotting

As always with Connelly the plotting is right, characters consistent and with their own voices and stories that don't telegraph. They're what unputdownable reads like. Today was a write-off. Downloaded it at breakfast, finished it at 10 in my pyjamas.

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Superb. Great story brilliantly performed.

Three, count them, three top Connelly characters intersecting with a tense story and a few worrying red herrings. One of the best audio books I’ve enjoyed since signing up to Audible. I didn’t want it to end but couldn’t wait to know what would happen next.

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  • 03-11-19

Dull

Michael Connelly really needs to stop writing these stories, from his own words this series is "circling the drain". Either just do the tv crap or put some effort into restoring Bosch his wonderful self. The intensity, subtle twists and excitement has left the building.

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Firing on all cylinders

I like to say that Bosch books are built like a BMW - economical, sturdy prose with real torque which powers the protagonist through the cases, and keeps the reader holding on for dear life. I've been waiting for The Night Fire for nigh on 9 months, and true to form, I finished it in a single weekend. Bosch and Ballard are now in cruise control as a team, as are Titus Welliver and Christine Lakin as highly badass narrators. Connelly has a mastery over characters, of capturing human interaction in myriad ways, and the way in which the detectives use people and detect clues is truly a joy to follow. I am so happy that Bosch is still going strong, albeit with a new knee and cane, but as he said to his daughter in The Night Fire, 'Hey I'm gonna be around for a while.' All I can say is, hurry up with the next edition!!

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Bosch doesn't deserve this

I have read and/or listened to every Harry Bosch book ever written but, and I'm going to be charitable here, this is not a Harry Bosch book. Story line is Connelly by numbers. Ballard should be in her own book. Harry Bosch needs to be revived or discontinued entirely - I will miss him but I'd rather go without that carry on reading or listening to this reincarnation. I could listen to Titus Welliver all day as Bosch but Christine Lakin's voice just annoys me, especially when she tries to do a man's voice - it's awful. I'll re-read or listen to the old books if I feel like some Bosch, this is a poor second best.

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Formulaic & boring

Didn't enjoy this Connelly story: predictable & repetitive. Narration v good. His earlier stories were grittier.

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Night Fire

Another brilliant book, well written and read by experts.
Difficult to put down (switch off)

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Brilliant

From beginning to end a great story weaving many great characters and storylines together.

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very poor and disappointing

not good . struggled to finish it. weak characters and old stories. Ballard is dreadful.

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Can't wait for the next Bosch!!

What a story teller Michael Connely is!
Narration perfect as always. Thank you! Saw the Bosch triptych st The

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  • Lia
  • 28-10-19

Another Fantastic Connelly Book

Bosch is once again paired with Renee’ Ballard… a late career co-mingling series… and I must say that this episode… is ONE-HUNDRED-PER-CENT more enjoyable and more intelligently written than the others. In the prior story the author made Ballard out to be a combination of Superwoman and the Terminator. I believe that was to make sure she could be viewed through the lens of gender equality. This episode takes a much better approach. Ballard is simply a terrific… hard working… intelligent cop… with the perfect mix of human empathy. She’s good and she’s nice… on and off the job. Without giving away any spoilers… “old”… hobbling… Harry… attends the funeral of one of his early homicide training officers John Jack Thompson… and the widow presents a twenty-year-old murder book mysteriously… with no real audit trail that was in Thompson’s possession. Harry hands it off to his secret partner Ballard… and we’re off and running. Meanwhile the “senior” Bosch hobbles into the back of the courtroom to watch his half-brother (and favorite background character) Mickey Haller handle a case of a murdered judge… something feels fishy to the “seasoned” Harry… and guess what?? Mickey gives him the murder book of that case for Harry to investigate. Of course simultaneously… and intermittently… other crimes are handled in quick order with machine gun like precision.

Titus Welliver and Christine Lakin were superb with the delivery of the story

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  • Aspergillus Flavus
  • 13-11-19

Disappointment on history.

History is developing quite well. The plot is quite gripping, but the ending scenes are completely unrealistic and to be honest - idiotic. Probably the worst ending in a whole series of books about Bosch.
Very good production, Titus Welliver and Christine Lakin voices are amazing but as I said before unfortunately the ending destroys the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-19

Still a Bosch story, but way too many coincidences

Trouble with evaluating a Connelly story is that the benchmark is only another Connelly, right?

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  • ron
  • 07-11-19

Dynamic Duo

Harry and Rachel rock. looking forward to the next installment Titus makes Bosch seem easy