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The Night Fire

A Bosch and Ballard Thriller
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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Great story, great listening.

Great story , Connelly getting better with characters. Can't wait for the next story to come out.

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Book has problematic racial tropes. I think this is especially noticeable with the BLM movement drawing attention to these in appropriate depictions. Book kept my attention when I listened, though it wasn't something that I felt compelled to listen to. Stereotypical cop thriller. A little clichéd.

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Good overall but somtime a little involved.

I enjoyed it overall, but in some places it was a bit confusing and a couple of the side cases were not finished off very well.

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Fabulous

Another brilliant book by Michael Connelly. The narration by Titus Welliver is so well paired with the character of Bosh, I think this is how Bosh would talk. Also, I love Renee Ballard's character, as long as she doesn't take over the book and we loose more off Harry, her character is strong enough for her own books. I have read all of Bosh's books, many a number of times and now with this brilliant Audible App, I can listen to them 24/7. Thank you Audible.

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great read, I have enjoyed the book

great read and I would recommend it to others who enjoy detective homicide reads as Michael Connelly is a great writer

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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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  • 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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  • Mark
  • 07-04-2020

I am enjoying this series from Michael Connelly

I am enjoying this series from Michael Connelly and the narration from Titus Welliver and Christine Lakin. This one intertwines a number of stories and murders featuring Bosch, Ballard and Mickey Haller. Thanks to Bosch's assistance Haller pulls off another magical courtroom acquital and later Ballard saves Bosch from execution by a hired killer while she is critically stabbed and almost bleeds out in the attempt. A top tier effort and looking forward to the next one.

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  • Ross
  • 17-02-2020

A great combo listen.

A new Harry Bosch arrives..a nod to diversity? Excellent acting from both readers. A series of 'solves' all intertwined. It is too easy to recommend this one

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  • HTW
  • 06-01-2020

Most enjoyable

Yet another intriguing and enjoyable Michael Connelly. I've read or listened to all of them and not sure what the negative critics are on about!

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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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-10-2019

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hard Press
  • 11-12-2019

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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  • Lee
  • 23-12-2019

disappointed

lots of loose ends and Bosch in a support function. several little stories that were not connected and not solved. bring back Bosch!

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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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  • 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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  • Sean Dynan
  • 14-10-2020

Connelly finally drops the ball

This one felt rushed and contrived, like a by-the-numbers Hollywood thriller. And I wasn’t a fan of the some-evidence-case-closed approach...when did a Connelly novel avoid the interrogation and courtroom stages?? And as for the femme fatale assassin...dear, oh dear.

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  • rilenka
  • 13-07-2020

Ghastly

I began to listen with anticipation to a favourite author. I could just about cope with the breakneck speed of the male reader but was then assailed with Ms Lakin who, in common with many American actors seem to produced their words at the back of their throat. I cannot give a fair review of the book and will instead read it myself as Michael Connolly is deserving of more attention than I can give it with this awful narration.

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  • Geoffrey Johnson
  • 26-05-2020

Great story

The narrative is well crafted and the two story tellers work well and GoPro vide and excellent balance. The twists and turns in the story keep the listener on her toes and are credible in the developmemt of the whole plot. An excellent listen.