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 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 Ren E 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 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 One thing I always like about Connelly s books is he never pretends a detective would just have a single case Even Harry in retirement has multiple balls in the air Harry and Renee both search for the truth, but they also struggle with helping anyone on the defense side of things, a substory that is contained in Harry s chapters as he helps Mickey Haller with a case I appreciate that Connelly paints Renee as just as strong and intelligent a character as Harry That said, they always come across as human Several times, another character points something out to Renee and she realizes she should have picked up on it earlier With the actors that play Harry and Mickey firmly pictured in my head, I m still trying to decide which actress should play Renee This is a great story that kept my interest throughout I ve got to give Connelly credit, the man continues to come up with fascinating, timely storylines I ve read everything Connelly has written but I still think this book could easily be read as a standalone My thanks to netgalley and Little, Brown for an advance copy of this book. 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 the LAPD, John Jack is dead but he left one final case for his former prot g to crack.Back at Thompson s house following the funeral, John Jack s widow instructs Harry to have a look around his office There, he finds a Read the rest of this review here I guess there is not even any pretense any that this is going to be about Renee Ballard This series has now gone Ballard and Bosch all the way PityI love Harry but I wish Ballard could have had her turn She was such an interesting character Perhaps Connelly thought the series would have sold better with Bosch included, and was not willing to let Ballard s series build a fan base.I ll still happily read it, of course, but disappointed 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. True heroes are hard to come by Michael Connelly knows how to stir up the action thicker than gravy as he once again proves he s the master of thrillers.The Night Fire deals with an angry ex cop who goes on a rampage and throws a lawyer off the roof and kills founding partner or so the story goes.The Black Widow ahhh now I might have your attention Bosch and Ballard on another murder case that stemmed from the mentor s passing and the murder book he left behind from his widow.That murder book deals with an unsolved murder of a young man who was found dead in the alley used for drug deals.Now how on Earth does it all connect now you ask Well folks perhaps this might help G.C and cashSpecifically money talks and Bs walks but you know duty free is where it s at and hey what s a good story w o some transactions taking place.If you ask the woman in charge The only mistake I have ever made came from trusting men So there you have it..Do yourself a favor and get a copy of this new work as you won t surely forget it Best Bosch Ballard team up yet .Reading first 5 chapters nowAwesome. 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, knee replacement and all I really enjoyed every moment and love the fact that Connelly gave us a hint about the next Bosch Ballard bookcan t wait Thank you Netgalley for this terrific read. Honestly, some folks can t write a single plot line with one protagonist Michael Connelly manages several in his newest, The Night Fire, with Bosch and Ballard doing a smooth, slow dance with crisp, strong lines that criss cross over each other, but never get knotted up or muddied How does he do it Thanks to the publisher and to NetGalley and to Michael Connelly for the opportunity to read and review this title Such a pleasure to read NightFire Netgalley I read THE NIGHT FIRE in two days it was that good Harry Bosch and Ren e Ballard work together with synergy on a cold case inherited from a Harry s recently deceased mentor, a suspicious of a homeless man by arson, a case tried by Mickey Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer and Harry s half brother I received pre publication access thanks to NetGalley.
- 416 pages
- The Night Fire (Renée Ballard, #3)
- Michael Connelly
- 18 December 2017 Michael Connelly