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The Night Fire

Written by: Michael Connelly
Length: 10 hrs and 4 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, John Jack 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 Hachette Audio

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Loved the narration....

Loved everything about this story...Michael Connelly has delivered yet again. And the narration by Titus Welliver and Christine Lakin made it even more enjoyable.

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  • R. Pontiflet
  • 2019-10-30

Great Story, Excellent Narration !!

Another great story by Michael Connelly and an excellent narration by Welliver and Lakin. Titus Welliver sounds like a Harry Bosch should sound. This story really held my interest all the way through. There were unexpected twists and turns. I think I've read all of the Harry Bosch stories and this story is one of my most favorites. The publisher's summary provides a very good synopsis of the story, so I won't try to add anything except that I liked the way the two primary plots dovetailed together and there was no "typical" antagonist/villain. Bosch and Ballard stories are good reads/listens. Highly recommended.

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  • Wayne
  • 2019-10-23

Outstanding!!

Michael Connelly simply does not write bad novels. With Harry Bosch retiring Connelly introduced LAPD detective Renée Ballard two years ago. She teams with Bosch giving him access to LAPD. Like Bosch Ballard is a strong character and together they are a formidable team. Bosch's half-brother lawyer Mickey Haller, who has his own Connelly series, makes a cameo in THE NIGHT FIRE. The publisher's summary sets up this novel very nicely, so I will not add more to it.

Titus Welliver as Harry Bosch and Christine Lakin as Renée Ballard make a wonderful narrating team. Welliver plays Bosch in the TV series and has narrated the Bosch audio novels beginning in 2014.

Very highly recommended!

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  • Eamonn J. Donovan
  • 2019-10-27

Disappointing production, rushed story

When you put Harry Bosch, Renee Ballard & Mickey Haller you’re probably expecting a delightful story especially for longtime Connelly fans. This badly missed the mark. It’s the only Connelly novel since City of Bones that didn’t have me fully engrossed. It’s worth reading for fans of the three before mentioned principals but just don’t expect too much.

The storylines, and there are many, are too many for a book as short as The Night Fire. If the novel was three times longer, better developed and and less rushed into release it could have been one of the best books involving great potential stories slowly winding around one another before ending with a confluence that would tie everything together. Instead you have a disjointed set of separate events. It’s just as several events converge and it becomes really suspenseful that the novel quickly ends.

I have no knowledge of the book being rushed into release but if you read it you will probably come to the same conclusion. If only the book was further developed it could have been great. It would be great to have all those characters involved in the next novel too, but I would rather wait another 2-3 years for a longer book.

As much as it pains me to say it, Harry Bosch might need to be retired to ancillary status unless he finds some other job as a private or contract detective. Just grabbing random cases seems especially far-fetched for a retiree. At least he could tie up more of the cases in which he played some part. Maybe he finally joins a security firm. My personal hope would be for Harry to join forces with Rachel Walling & Jack McEvoy either as partners in an investigatory firm with Haller & Ballard in supporting roles . That’s my dream. Until then I will probably reread this book on Kindle and see if I am more impressed.

The production it was easily the biggest disappointment with this book. The way Dark Sacred Night was performed with Ballard chapters read by a female voicing all characters and male voicing the Bosch chapters was a real hit. With that in mind having both performers voicing their characters in the same chapters was a strikeout. I hope next time they return to the previous format.

The duel acted chapter formula could have worked but it was clear to me (though I could be wrong) that the performers did not record , at the same time, in the same studio together. That made for a mess that ruined the entire audiobook for me. It could work in the future if the scenes were actually acted out together but for whatever reason they were not. My advice to readers is to actually read the book instead of listening. Maybe that could save the novel from my criticisms. I hope you enjoy the book despite my review. To each their own.

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  • Donna
  • 2019-10-23

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If you have been a long time fan of Michael Connelly's Los Angeles PD Detective Bosch's
wonderful series -- you will have already purchased this audio. If you have not indulged in this series, this book will stand alone-- buy this then you must plan to go back and read/ listen to all the books.
What a talented writer! And what a fine narrator. :-)

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  • L. E. LoPiccolo
  • 2019-10-27

Disappointing

Waited in anticipation for another Bosch novel and was disappointed in The Night Fire. Don’t like the Ballard character and don’t understand wht Mr Connelly paired them up. The voice of Bosch was excellent- long overdue. Please give us a Bosch novel. Also, anxiously await another Halloran novel.Thanks

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  • Barry
  • 2019-11-01

Preliminary review

I haven't yet finished the book but I am more than half way. I'm writing this now because frankly it bugs me so much I have to write down a preliminary review. So here goes:

(small spoiler ahead) Bosch has been teaming up with Detective Ballard in the past couple of books and it seems to work well. Since he's on his way out of official policing and she's relatively new, he's able to keep his hand in somewhat vicariously by working with her. One thing that really got me, however, was a moment when Ballard tells the uniformed cops to not call ICE on several women who are apparently in the country illegally and victims of sex traffickers. The problems I have with this are two fold - Firstly, Connelly must be aware that California is a sanctuary state and Los Angeles a sanctuary city. The former occurred over two years ago under Governor Brown. Why would Connelly pretend that this isn't the case, unless he wants to portray Ballard as a compassionate detective and ignore reality... or maybe he is actually unaware of the fact? I find this second possibility rather unlikely. The second issue I have is, if Connelly is in agreement with his fictional character (and this is just conjecture on my part), why would he, as a former law enforcement officer himself, discourage interagency cooperation between the feds and locals? How would he feel if the feds withheld vital information on a suspect just because they may not be in agreement with some of the laws of that state? I wonder if he knows that ICE is also responsible for investigating human trafficking? Maybe someone should tell him.

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  • Ursula
  • 2019-10-30

First time I was disappointed

I’m embarrassed to say, I didn’t enjoy this one. Embarrassed because I’m a huge Connelly/Bosch/Welliver fan. I just found the story boring for the first time. Most loved the book and I’m in the minority. I was rehearing Black Ice (starting the series over for the fourth time) when Night Fire came out. I still better than most other thrillers but I guess I expected more. But I will keep reading anything coming out from this author.

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  • David Langston
  • 2019-10-28

Where's Harry?

I have read all the Bosh Series and like all of them but it seems like Harry is now a secondary character. That's disappointing and I found I could barely get through the book. Probably my last Bosh read.

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  • Quinn E Breece
  • 2019-10-22

That voice, Titus Welliver, THANK YOU

Listening to audiobooks is not just about the story, I want a pleasurable listening experience, and TITUS WELLIVER always delivers pure joy with his supremely masculine voice.

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  • MK
  • 2019-10-26

Kinda Boring

Narrators were awesome. The back-and-forth parts were performed and edited extremely well. Great job.

The story was good, but there was nothing that I can point to that really hooked me. I wasn’t drawn into it. Well, not until the last hour. Then, this great, interesting storyline abruptly ended in a really unbelievable and rushed manner. The book should’ve started with the ending storyline and proceeded from there.

This book felt like I was watching a Law and Order episode. Not bad, but nothing to get excited about.

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