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The Night Fire

(Harry Bosch #22)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  34,134 ratings  ·  2,807 reviews
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 #1 New York Times bestselling 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 f
Hardcover, 405 pages
Published October 22nd 2019 by Little, Brown and Company
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Sidna Just finished this book and I loved it! I like Titus, too, but I always pictured Humphrey Bogart as Harry. Since he has passed away, guess that isn't …moreJust finished this book and I loved it! I like Titus, too, but I always pictured Humphrey Bogart as Harry. Since he has passed away, guess that isn't possible. Connelly's books are one of the few series that my husband and I both read and like. We watch every episode of the Amazon series as soon as it comes out.(less)
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Medhansu Good question. I think it was just "filler" to give some more insight into the operational aspects of a major police force

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David Putnam
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to preface this one by saying I am a big Connelly fan and hold him to a higher standard. That being said; I loved this book. I think the Ballard books are an amazing shift in the series and keeps the Bosh books fresh and alive. Ballard is a strong female character who is intelligent, self-motivating and fun to follow around while she tracks down her suspects.
Another thing I find amazing about this book are the secondary investigations that have nothing to do with the main plotline. With s
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Harry Bosch is one of my favorite detectives. And Renee Ballard is a worthy “partner”. The chapters alternate between the two. Here, they are re-examining a cold case from 20 years ago. Harry’s mentor has recently died. His widow found a murder book in his desk and hands it over to Harry. This is the case Harry and Renee partner on investigating. What’s unique is that it doesn’t appear the mentor had actually worked the case, either on the force or after his retirement. So, why did he have it?

Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Michael Connelly continues to pair Harry Bosch with his newest Detective Renee Ballard of LAPD's Late Show, the Hollywood police night shift, whilst bringing back lawyer, Mickey Haller, Harry's brother in this latest instalment. As a rookie cop, Bosch was mentored by John Jack Thompson, the man who instilled in him that every case and everyone matters, igniting the fire that drives a police detective to solve and close a case. Thompson is now dead, and Harry has come to pay his respects at his f ...more
Larry H
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Harry Bosch and Renee Ballard return in another fantastic installment of Michael Connelly’s new series pairing two police detectives—one mostly retired, one fully immersed in her job—dogged in their pursuit of finding the truth.

When Bosch’s mentor from his early LAPD days dies, his widow gives Bosch the crime book from an unsolved murder 20 years earlier. Why did he have it all these years? Was he trying to solve the case, or was he trying to hide something? Why is a key piece of evide
Susanne  Strong
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Fantastic Stars.

If you asked my friends who one of my favorite fictional characters was, I know for a fact that several would say “Harry Bosch.” I have a few favorites, truth be told, but Bosch is very near and dear to my heart. He’s been with me since the early 90’s when Michael Connelly first wrote “The Black Echo.” I’ve grown old with him and honestly feel like he’s a part of my family. Each year when a new Bosch novel comes out, I am both giddy with excitement and filled with trepidation,
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Michael Connelly returns to continue the torch passing between two of his key police detectives, doing so in brilliant ways that will keep the reader talking for the foreseeable future. Harry Bosch is privy to an unexpected gift when attending the post-funeral party of his first partner at the LAPD. A murder book from a case back in 1990 holds much, though it would appear nothing has been done in almost three decades. He brings this nugget to Renée Ballard, his quasi-partner, who continues to li ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Police procedural fans
I am thankful that Goodreads friends got me back to reading the Harry Bosch series, and in turn starting the new Renee Ballard series. This is the 3rd of the Ballard installments that the two have worked together and they make a formidable team.

After the death of Harry Bosch’s mentor, his wife gives Bosch a murder book that has been in her husband’s possession for years. Bosch seeks Ballard’s assistance in looking into the 20 year old murder case as she is on the LAPD staff and he is not. The bi
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars rounded down for another great police procedural by Michael Connelly. All of of Connelly's books just flow so evenly as you are caught up in the ongoing cases. In this book, Bosch, now retired from LAPD, again teams up with LAPD Detective Renee Ballard as they work on 2 separate cases that converge at the end of the story. Although this book is 405 pages, I sped through it in 4 days.
Ballard's case is a homeless man who is burned to death in what initially appears to be an accident. B
Diane S ☔
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lor-2019
Ballard and Bosch. Has a nice ring to it, a partnership formed, a detecting duo extradordinaire.
Bosch, now in his seventies, is recovering from a knees surgery, is Connelly's long running detective. A character that I respect, I mean who can't love a man/cop whose motto is, "Everybody counted, or nobody counted." Ballard is a young detective, on the night shift or late show in police limbo. She has already run into the politics of being on the job, young and good looking, she is on this shift be
Mandy White
The Night Fire by the brilliant Michael Connelly is the third book that sees Harry Bosch and Renee Ballard working together. Harry Bosch is without a doubt my favourite character and crime series. Harry has been working for a long time and is getting on in years so the introduction of Renee is a smart way to keep the series going. She is young and like Harry she never gives up. Harry has always believed "Everybody counts or nobody counts" and this comes through in every case that he works and he ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of Michael Connelly. I have read many of Harry Bosch’s books. I read the first book of the new series with Renee Ballard, but somehow missed the second book of the series. This book is the third of the series.

The book is well written. Connelly has Bosch working on three cases. One is a cold case that a wife of a recently dead colleague gave him the murder book she had at home. The next case is with Renee about a dead homeless man and the third one is with Micky Haller. What is not to
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Renee Ballard series gets better with each story. The depth of her character development is on point. 9 of 10 stars
Andrew Smith
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bosch is now retired – again – and is handed a murder book by the wife of a recently deceased ex-colleague who was a mentor to him in his early days as a junior homicide detective with the LAPD. The unsolved case detailed in the file relates to the murder of a young man, some twenty years ago. Why had this file been taken home by his old friend when he retired from the force? It’s not clear, but Bosch intends to spend some time taking a look at the case, if for no other reason than to sate his c ...more

The funeral for John Jack Thompson was a sad one, especially for Harry Bosch. Thompson had taught Bosch a lot over the years as his mentor; when he’d retired Bosch had kept in contact. But it was the murder book that Thompson’s widow handed Bosch after it was all over that started the collaboration between Bosch and LAPD Detective Renee Ballard as they tried to solve a cold case from over twenty years prior.

Ballard was a detective on the Late Show; midnight to dawn. It was initially a puni
Harry Bosch is one of my favorite characters ever, and I wait with much anticipation for the release of every new Michael Connelly novel. The Night Fire is the third book that features both Bosch and Detective Renee Ballard, who works the LAPD night shift. I’m really loving their partnership now and have grown to care for Ballard in her own right. (Bosch will always be my true love, though.)

This is another well-researched book from Connelly, as Bosch and Ballard work a series of intriguing case
kartik narayanan
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
The Night Fire is a slightly below average Bosch novel.

This is the third team-up between Bosch and Ballard. it seems quite obvious that Bosch is on the way out and Ballard is shaping up to be his replacement.

The story has multiple cases and while these cases are fine, it does feel a bit contrived at places. Random deus ex machina that tie plot points together etc.

I liked The Night Fire but it left me nostalgic for the earliest Bosch stories which were superb
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
Not a fan of Renee’s questionable tactics with the wire tap. The cases were okay but the coincidences were just too much to be believed. And I don’t care for “carry-over” criminals. We obviously haven’t seen the last of this one.

And please, authors, stop putting pets in books if the owners are not responsible. It drives me crazy that she has a dog she rarely spends time with.
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, actually.

After reading the first two books that brought together retired LAPD detective Harry Bosch and detective Renee Ballard - giving each 5 stars - I was eager to read this one. I loved it as well, albeit not quite as much as the other two. It's hard to put my finger on why, but I think for the most part it was because Bosch just didn't seem to have his whole heart in the game. Granted, he's nearly 70 years old with a couple of health issues, but somehow he lacked his usual enthus
Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, own, read_2019
The Bosch universe is in full effect with Ballard, Haller, and Bosch all getting page time as the trio manage an interlocking caseload; some of it official, some not so much. The headliner; a cold case murder book long locked away in the home of a retired detective. Cold cases aren’t new to Bosch, now moonlighting as a vigilante of sorts with help on the lawful side of things by late show regular Ballard, but this one seems ‘off’. Enter the dangerous world of murder, gangsters, corruption and mi ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am loving these Renee Ballard books! I still need to go back and fit in the ones I’ve missed along the way.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
Book 3 in the Renee Ballard series published 2019.

If, like me, you are a Michael Connelly devotee this book will have you in raptures. Between the front and back covers I found three of my favourite characters EVER. Harry Bosch, Renee Ballard and Harry’s little brother Mickey Haller all in the one book, all at the same time. WOW.

Harry is at a time in his life where the spirit is still willing but the flesh is getting weak. After a recent knee re-construction Harry is getting around with the use
RachelW (BamaGal)
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
3.5 Stars. Good story, well written; if a tad on the slow side until the very end. The individual cases were interesting; but none of them blew me out of the water. There were several different investigations going on, with the cold case being the primary focus; and a lot of characters to keep up with. Harry seemed to be teaching Renée some of his bad habits. What he gets away with retired might well hurt her career while on the job.

Glad we got to see some of Mickey Haller, and the alternating p
Connolly Does it Again

When it comes to writing the modern police procedural, Michael Connolly wrote the book, literally. In fact, his extended Harry Bosch universe - in all its incarnations- runs into nearly three dozen books and surprisingly there's no drop off in quality. The Night Fire is an exciting read from page one to the end and for a four hundred page book, it's easy to finish it in less than 24 hours. Just don't make big plans for the next day. And, upon finishing it, my first thought
L.A. Starks
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For fans of Michael Connelly as I am, this latest is another brilliant edition to the series.

Well-plotted with interesting sub-plots and as always, the characters are incredibly humane.

Highly recommended!
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
"... You're a dog with a bone, Bosch"
“everybody counts or nobody counts”

Bosch has been around for a while. He is retired, almost seventy, and just had knee replacement surgery. But there was a time when he was a rookie homicide detective. Back then he had a mentor, John Jack Thompson. John Jack taught Bosch to take the work personally and light the fire of relentlessness for every case. John Jack has recently died and back at the Thompson house after the funeral the widow tells Bosch to go to ba
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 32nd book in the Harry Bosch series but would work as a stand alone no problem. The more novels you read by Michael Connelly the better they get and I just can't get enough of his work.
The main character Harry Bosch is now retired but still investigates cold cases with Renée Ballard, who was exiled to the Hollywood Division night shift when she complained of being sexually harassed by her supervisor.
The novel starts the funeral of Bosch’s mentor John Jack Thompson. Bosch is handed
The Real Book Spy
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Connelly opens his latest novel with Harry Bosch walking across the soft cemetery grounds, his cane—aiding him during his recovery from a recent knee operation following the events of last year’s Dark Sacred Night—sinking into the grass as he approached the final resting spot of John Jack Thompson.

Back in the day, as a young detective, Bosch was trained by John Jack, who specialized in bringing young investigators along and showing them the ropes. Now, after a long and distinguished career with
Natalie M
Dec 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I found much of this book slow and slightly disconnected with forced interludes between Bosch and Ballard.

The usual intensity from Connelly is missing and the realistic elements are sparse (probably more so in the tenuous connections between cases which seemed contrived at times). Michael Connelly still writes a good book but this is not a great one.

There were times when I just didn’t care how this was going to pan-out. The last 100 pages nearly had me changing my rating but in it’s entirety I
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
You can't lose when you get Harry Bosch, Renee Ballard, and Mickey Haller all together in one book! Another awesome addition to one of my favorite series!
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Harry Bosch and The Late Show Crossover

Renee Ballard, also known as “Balls” and Harry Bosch had previously decided to collaborate on an informal basis.

In Night Fire, Harry is given a Murder Book by an esteemed mentor’s widow soon after the funeral. He enlists Ballard’s help in solving the cold case.

Why his friend took the book home upon retiring when it appears that he hadn’t even worked the case is yet another mystery. Harry is determined to find out.

Meanwhile, Ballard immerses herself into a
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