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The Night Fire

(Harry Bosch #22)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  11,327 ratings  ·  1,072 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 for
Hardcover, 405 pages
Published October 22nd 2019 by Little, Brown and Company
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SassafrasfromAmazon It is phenomenal. I like Titus in the Amazon series, but he a bit young. Bosch (in this book) is 70 yrs. old, but he’s still a force to be reckoned…moreIt is phenomenal. I like Titus in the Amazon series, but he a bit young. Bosch (in this book) is 70 yrs. old, but he’s still a force to be reckoned with.(less)
Nancy This is #3 of Bosch and Ballard: #1 is The Late Show, #2 is Dark Sacred Night. It is considered #32 in "Harry Bosch Universe".

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Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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?

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
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
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
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 ...more
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

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
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 ...more
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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!
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.
Jeff Dickison
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent Bosch/Ballard novel as Harry & Renee join forces to solve several crimes, old and new. Lots of excitement with unexpected twists and turns. A master at work. Recommended to everyone, but especially to Bosch fans.
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
Rex Fuller
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wrestled with whether to even start this because I was considering giving up on the Bosch series. Glad I did read it. To me, this one is better than the last several ones in the series.

Bosch and Renée Ballard team up on disparate cases (a cold case execution in a drug bazaar, murder of a judge, and a seemingly accidental death of a homeless man – the titular “Night Fire”) that Connelly brings together very neatly. I still think Ballard is Connelly’s insurance policy, the character he can use to
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
Excellent !!!!!!

My View:
Could this possibly be the best Bosch book yet? I think I am calling it.

This is a fantastic read, with several plot lines that intersect allowing the characters of Ballard and Bosch to shine as they go about solving crimes with their personal credo "everybody counts or nobody counts". You can’t beat a Michael Connelly novel for character driven plots, complex cases and mysteries that will always keep you guessing.

Can’t wait to read what next years book may reveal!

Todd Simpson
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, I loved it. I envy anyone that is just starting out reading their first Michael Connelly book, as they have so many incredible stories in front of them. He’s one of the authors that I’ll wait at the book shops door to open when one of his new books is released. The Night Fire was very enjoyable, especially having both Harry Bosch and Renee Ballard in the same story, along with Mickey Haller who are all great characters. I love the build-up, and the story keeps you guessing.
Harry Bosch
This was the best Ballard book yet.

I love Michael Connelly's writing so much because he always makes me forget everything else. There is a little violence in any book of this kind, and there were many subplots in this one, and not so much concentration in my brain, so I have to dock it a star there but you can't go wrong with any book by this author.

Bosch and Ballard are a team again, which I love, and the audio performances alternate between the male and female performers, who are both great,
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Michael Connelly comes thru again with a great novel that includes all 3 of our favorites :) You get enough of each of them (Bosch, Haller and Ballard) to keep us happy. Now the long wait for the next book...sigh.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Suspenseful, but dual stories were sparsely spread and intersect too neatly to be as veridical as most in the series of deep, hard-edged Harry Bosch novels.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sample
Apr. 19, 2019:
I'll try the sample and decide afterwards. Somehow I have the feeling as if this Ballard woman will be the equivalent to Angie from the Grant series - don't like her but she just refuses to vanish.

Oct. 22, 2019:
Ok, I tried the sample, which was good enough to buy the book:)
So, book, please do not disappoint me!!!

Nov. 1, 2019:
So, finished and I have to say, this book didn't disappoint, in fact it was a great read and I have to admit, Ballard is growing on me. Still, Harry Bosch is
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of his training officers dies, and his wife gives Harry Bosch a murder book he has stolen from LAPD. Why? What was special about this case? Things get even stranger when they cannot find any evidence that he tried to solve the drug-related murder of a parolee. Bosch asks his friend on the force from the late show (Renee Ballard) to help. Meanwhile, Renee has her own case to work, which involves the burning death of a fellow tent dweller, which is passed to RHD and her old supervisor nemesis, ...more
Vicki Willis
I love everything Harry Bosch! This is the 3rd book where he is paired up with Renee Ballard. For some reason, I am just not feeling her. I didn't like her in the first one, she grew on me a bit in the second one and now I have read the 3rd one. There is something about her I don't like and her attitude just rubs me wrong. I get it though, after all these years Harry is too old. The best parts for me was the sections with Mickey Haller. He is an excellent character. Harry's daughter is grown up ...more
Ivana Richards
Not a bad book, though not up to the standard set by Connelly's earlier works. While this one sets the seeds for the end of the Bosch series the end assures us of at least one more in the Bosch/ Haller set.
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What can I say? Nobody does it better. Reading the newest Connelly book is like catching up with the family. Once again Bosch teams up with Renee Ballard and solves several cases. Without a doubt, this held my interest as I savored every page.

The cases are all fascinating and only by their diligent digging does the connection become clear. I always need logical closure in my novels and Connelly manages to pull it all together. At my age, I appreciate a senior citizen super hero, like Bosch,
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