The Night Fire

The Night Fire

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After Harry Bosch's mentor, J.J. Thompson's 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 and LAPD Detective Renee Ballard 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?
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780316485616
Characteristics: 405 pages ;,25 cm.

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PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 08, 2019

After my recent disappoint with the newest Gamache novels, it's a pleasure to see that Connelly continues to master the mystery genre. There are two primary cases, which both start with Bosch, but he quickly brings in Ballard for help from the inside.

Like The Crossing, The Night Fire sees Bosch teaming up with his half-brother Haller in a way that, again, has Bosch at odds with his fellow officers and sometimes himself. While in the great tradition of playing fast-and-loose with the rules, Ballard starts working a cold case with Bosch, a case to which she isn't assigned. I'll admit that I found the Haller case to be, um... far-fetched? But Connelly's bullet-paced writing had my disbelief thoroughly suspended while I was in the moment.

The relationship between our two protagonists is done impeccably. Bosch has trouble not acting like a dad and Ballard doesn't like working with someone else, but they both learn from each other and feel like a natural fit. Having both in the same novel allows Connelly to highlight some of the differences between the two, maybe as an answer to critics who felt that Ballard was just a female-Bosch.

Connelly seems to be bringing Ballard into the Bosch novels so that at some point she can take over. It's sad, but Connelly did say that Bosch is a character living in real-time, and his recovery from knee surgery is a solid reminder that Bosch's days investigating may be numbered. While I don't want to see him go, I feel confident that Ballard is qualified to carry his banner.

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KLRoss_0
Nov 18, 2019

I would have liked the last last two Bosch books a lot more if the author paired Harry with one of his old female partners such as Kiz Ryder or Lucia Soto. They were both interesting and likeable. Ballard is neither.

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USAF1969
Nov 18, 2019

THE NIGHT FIRE is another successful novel from Michael Connelly. We have Bosch, Ballard and several cameo appearances with Micky Haller. All three of Connelly's best characters in one novel with multiple crimes, and lots of creative twists and turns. Awesome read.

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maipenrai
Nov 15, 2019

This book was fun because of the presence of 3 series protagonists: Harry Bosch, Renee Ballard, and Mickey Haller!! I have been reading the Bosch books for almost 30 years, so he is my favorite character, but Ballard is a very interesting new addition. Highly recommend the series. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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LuvReadingStuff
Nov 11, 2019

I have read everything on the character Harry Bosch. I will continue to read all Harry Bosch novels. The good and the not so good.... From the ending, it looks like Harry and Renee will team-up again. Michael Connelly is on my list of favourite authors.

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pattif152
Nov 09, 2019

I love this author's work. Pairing fan favorite Harry Bosch with Renee Ballard is genius--I have enjoyed the books featuring them together. Some of the plot lines towards the end of the book seemed forced to me--a departure for Mr. Connelly who is normally pitch-perfect on both plot and character development. It's still better than most other mysteries out there.

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nelll
Nov 08, 2019

It started off good...but the ending was flat...a bit disappointed...

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ValinOR14
Oct 31, 2019

I have been a huge fan of Michael Connelly for five years, and in that time I think I've read nearly everything he has written: Harry Bosch, Mickey Haller, Jack McEvoy, Terry McCaleb, and now Renee Ballard. I. Love. Them. All.

I love how Ballard is on board with Bosch's “everybody matters or nobody matters” code of honor. In The Night Fire, the bond between Bosch and Ballard tightens as they become even more of a formidable investigative team. It was fun seeing Haller again, too, although Bosch makes even more enemies when he helps Haller get a client off, adamant the cops got it wrong. Bosch then starts his own investigation, angering some high profile players and suspects. Like Bosch working on his own case, Ballard works on her own, as well. They sort of weaved in and out of each other's cases, which was interesting. I never found myself wanting to rush through Renee’s pages to get back to Bosch's. As far as I'm concerned, Ballard is definitely in the running for Harry’s best partner!

I have to say, however, it worries me that Bosch is nearly 70 years of age. It will break my heart if he ever stops working!

debwalker Jun 05, 2019

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