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The Night Fire

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

Connelly never fails to deliver. To me he is a most consistent author and all he writes is 5 stars. This book is just another of his brilliant story telling ability. Bosch is a character that I had warmed to, embraced, and rallied for - I have as a Bosch fan always dreaded the inevitable loss of Harry one day. Ballard has big shoes to fill, but once again Connolly is working his literary genius and she is becoming all I admired in Bosch and more. I love their flaws, humanity, tortured pasts and imperfect characters. I very much look forward to every release and devour them in one to two days. That is the followed by lamenting having to wait another year for the next book. I simply do not believe he can write a lacklustre or disappointing book.

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love harry

love harry bosch. great hearing Titus's voice. highly recommend. enjoyed new character of renae ballard

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The Old Firm of Harry and his half brother-Good

Not bad but not his best. I still think his best work was a non Bosch novel-"The Poet"-but I do enjoy Bosch. I guess I have to get used to less and less Bosch until he finally dies-probably from leukaemia- then we will have the crime fighting trio of Uncle Micky, Maddie and Ballard? overall a good yarn.

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narration

I found the variation in volume between narrators a bit distracting needing to be adjusted.... otherwise it was good

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Bosch and Ballard burn bright

My two favourite Connolly characters in one book. Carefully drawn characters are developed and challenged.

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Amazing!

Amazing! as always, this series just keeps you wanting more, looking forward to the next book! and with Titus reading it, just makes it! I couldn't imagine anyone else being Bosch!

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The Night Fire

Love the Harry Bosch and Renee Ballard are my favourite. I will keep reading them.

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  • Lia
  • 28-10-2019

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
  • 13-11-2019

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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  • ron
  • 07-11-2019

Dynamic Duo

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-2019

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-10-2019

Swiss watch plotting

As sheets 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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  • J. Zycinski
  • 28-10-2019

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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  • Mr
  • 03-11-2019

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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  • Max
  • 29-10-2019

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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  • Jacqui Chandler
  • 17-11-2019

Awesome

This was a great story. I've read all the Bosch books and also enjoyed the TV show, but wasn't sure if I'd like the audio version of the new book, or if I should wait for the book at the library (I'm 17th in line!). I had a credit available on audio so had a look. I usually only listen to factual books and read novels in book form. When I saw it was Titus Welliver I decided to give it a go. His voice is amazing and completely brings it to life. Christine Lakin was great too. It was more like a drama than just being read to. Loved it.

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  • EmGem22
  • 15-11-2019

Excellent

I have a few favourite authors and characters and Harry has been on my list for many years, he never disappoints.

But to add Renee into his stories has worked so smoothly and she has become a character I like too. Its rare that a much loved character can get a partner so far down the line and it work so seamlessly.

I think as an author Michael C has made the best move, we can enjoy Harry far into his dotage now he has the younger Renee. I need him to live to at least 120 because I would miss him.

The stories never disappoint either, they aren't always as deep as some crime writers, but I love that, there are enough twists and turns to keep you glued, but not so much that you are going back to figure things out.

Purely enjoyable reading/listening.

I can't wait for the next.

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  • Matty
  • 12-11-2019

fab<br />

another fantastic Harry Bosch book. I thought they'd get worse but this is a cracker

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  • Mark
  • 10-11-2019

Bosch and Ballard on Fire

Titus Welliver is Harry Bosch. End of. I know of no other voice actor who has so completely inhabited the skin and voice of a main character. He is beyond compare as Bosch, perfectly capturing what I hear in his gravelly, LA sun, sand and sin soaked world experience. And yet, he continues to fight the good fight despite the inevitable ageing process, a dodgy knee and a worrying earlier exposure to radiation that threatens to impact adversely on his health. I worry for Harry but I don't fear for him because he can handle pain and still get stuff done. Like dealing with night stalkers and peepers, gang bangers and jail birds, sleazy and corrupt lawyers, bent and sloppy police officers, lethal mafia hitters and other assorted LA and Vegas low life scumbags. Although his new unofficial 'partner' Ballard has been unfairly banished to the night shift aka 'the late show' she brings some welcome light to Harry's life and together they are a formidable team in this tightly plotted, well paced procedural. Connelly has not gone off the boil, he's at the top of his game and I hope he keeps up this extraordinary level of quality.

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  • Kazasid
  • 10-11-2019

as good as ever

Loved it, listened twice, twists turns, old Bosch right there, gonna read whole series now. irresistible. leave Cuba out of it though. it's not the cold war!

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  • Sam
  • 09-11-2019

Excellent production and good story

Titus Welliver adds gravitas and strong voice acting for Harry Bosch and Christine Lakin is decent. The story is interested even if a little coincedentsl towards the end. Excellent production