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This is a good readable police mystery novel with the familiar lead character, Harry Bosch, and a new sidekick, Renee Ballard. However, maybe since I recently have read a couple of these novels already, I wanted something new other than the Los Angeles police scene. It also is difficult to believe that a retired detective can still actively get involved solving murders with a currently active one without ending up in serious trouble himself. The plot is twisted and has many characters and false leads that keep you guessing all the way, which is good writing, as well as good descriptive scenes that take you right there.
If you like these kinds of novels, the Los Angeles tableau, and are new to the author’s works, you should enjoy this one.
Michael Connelly never disappoints. He consistently writes great books. I enjoy the series with Harry Bosch and Renee Ballard. Looking forward to the next one.
4-4 1/2 star read. This is the 23rd book in Connelly's terrific Harry Bosch series and his second in the Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch series and it was a humdinger of a read. Harry's old mentor in the police force dies and his widow gives Harry a murder book, one that he took when he retired from the force. As Harry starts to investigate, he brings Renee in on the case and they partner on it. Ballard also has a case and Harry helps her with it. There are a lot of twists and turns in both cases and Harry and Renee end up putting a lot on the line to try to bring the cases to their conclusions. A very good read and I look forward to the next one in the series.
It is a great book for the military buff. I tend to go to mysteries and cozy mysteries. It does have a lot of technical details for military if that is your cup of tea.
'The Night Fire' builds slowly with many moving pieces and loose ends. Often Harry and his unofficial partner, Renee Ballard, pull those loose ends a bit outside the bounds of legality. Harry and Ballard work well together because, while it appears they plod along in their cases, they are both thinkers. Renee tends toward the impetuous while Harry wants to play inside the lines, even though sometimes he doesn't.
I met Harry Bosch for the first time 24 years ago in 'The Black Echo'. It rather hurts to see Harry in pain both physically and as he finds his fallibility and disappointment in his mentor after death. It's sad to see Harry preparing for his own death, but he seems to be doing just that.
I think the brief encounters with both his half-brother, Mickey Haller (The Lincoln Lawyer) and his daughter Maddie are unnecessary to the main plots of 'The Night Fire' but give credence to the realization (his and ours) of his mortality.
There are no great profound messages from Michael Connelly, just great fiction born of better writing.
Good read as usual, moves along nicely, plenty of herrings... challenges you to try and figure out whats relevant or not... little shy on the Vegas connection evidence, though...
Bosch and Ballard are a good team. I'd prefer more Bosch, less Ballard. In this era of violent street thugs and addicts, it's not believable that any police detective would live alone in a tent on a beach. This one does a decent job of twisting their cases and resolutions together. It feels like the author is losing his interest in the Bosch character, but I hope not.
Outstanding Bosch/Ballard. Very worthwhile. A few nits but they hardly detract from the overall read. Four and a half out of five stars. The missing half is for some plot implausibilities. Connelly is a master of this genre.
Unlike some reviewers, I found this to be just as good as Connelly's best. He is bringing along Bullard and preparing readers for Harry's end. In the meantime, disparate cases converge near the end and the reader gets a great ride. I liked this one.
This time Michael Connolly keeps us hopping with three cases that Bosch and Ballard are working on together. All in all it is reasonably difficult to keep all the characters and scenarios straight, and especially the names of all the cops involved. I would give it maybe a 3.5 rather than a 5.0 like some of his other books. My advice: take notes!
I have read all of Connelly's books, most of them more than once. I have to say I am very disappointed by this latest effort. Very tedious and boring, although it speeds up past the halfway point.
Is Connelly trying to retire Harry , phase him out and concentrate on a new character, namely
Ballard ? It seems like it. It very much lacked the essence of HB, who came across as tired, dull and lackluster. It is a bit ominous for Harry, in that Connelly has given him a cancer diagnosis, so maybe he is going to pass on. I hope not, although Harry must now be around 70 or so. Ballard is a bit like him, but is sort of ho-hum.
Maybe Connelly should give us a few more Mickey Haller books, because this one did not quite cut it.
Harry Bosch and I go back years/decades, it's almost intimate. MC is first a journalist, his writing is vivid, chronological, logical & the words flow so well. When it appears Bosch is ill from toxic handling, I began to dread finishing the read. I cannot imagine he can die, not after his early life, Chu Chi and all the dangers & disappointments he's experienced. The addition of Ballard has proven a good read, despite her slightly risky behavior. I'm #259 on waitlist for audio and finally the really good voice of Titus W. as Bosch. Perfect.
A little disappointed in this novel. Kept loosing focus as parts became boring. I am a fan of Micheal Connelly's Harry Bosch series and even recommended them to others. I have always looked forward to about Harry and was impressed how Micheal brought to live the character and even went as far as giving the character Harry a real personality that a person could relate to with all of his conflicts in life and his own beliefs. I was even impressed with Connelly's double meaning titles for example, The Wrong Side of Goodbye and Two Kinds of Truths. However with this last book I found the title lacking significant meaning as well as the novel was mainly about Reene and not Harry. Although Harry is getting old and the author did a decent job of creating a character that actually ages and as they age their priorities and beliefs change but in this novel Micheal Connelly fell short of a great novel. Should have stopped with the last novel.
Connelly has wrritten many novels, over many years with the tales of Harry Bocsh the most prolific. So many readers with so many views, and all have merit. I'm a fan of this novel. Having kept up with Bosch all these years, I was happy to see his daughter, Maddie, make an appearance, as well as Mickey Haller. I like the multiplicity of mysteries to solve, cases to close, even alternating points of view between Bosch and Ballard. Like Bosch, I've grown old since my first read of Bosch. It's nice to visit with an old friend, catch up with his family, and make promises to meet again in a year. Thanks for allowing me to visit with you Harry- and keep up ith the PT.
Time to hang it up, Bosch...er...Mr. Connelly. Yes, I suspect the young female detective is being eased in as Harry's replacement. Fine: maybe her stories will be better. The last two pairing them together? Remind me again what were they about?
Comparisons are always tricky, and it's not always an author can "top" his best. In Connelly's case, that would be early entries such as Trunk Music and City of Bones and more recent entries such as The Crossing, and, from 2009, Nine Dragons--nothing beats that one!
I'd rather re-read one of those, thanks...
Lone-wolf Renee Ballard and "seen-it-all-before" Harry Bosch fit like a glove as a renegade detective team in solving homicide cases in LA, this time: a “throwaway (homeless. drug addicts or prostitutes)” burnt victim, a questionable CBA (‘CBA’—Cleared By Arrest) and one enigmatic cold case. Agree with most comments herein but a pretty good thriller after getting past the long setup.
Continuing the current trend of Connelly books that I’m not thrilled by. Too many cases going on at once (probably getting hard to come up with one plot and keep it going). Too much of ending with major characters put in danger near the end and getting “miraculously” saved. Took much tidy wrapping things up without much lead up to the events.
Again, Connelly is still always worth a read for an entertaining light read but his earlier books were better, more engaging and better plotted.
It's hard to find an author that doesn't disappoint after 30 years! Another non-stop page turner. Amazing.