Finished The Night Fire by Michael Connelly in June. This 2019 release was the third book in Connelly’s Renée Ballard series. Since it also features Harry Bosch, it is the twenty second book the the Bosch series. Like the second book in the Renée Ballard series , Dark Sacred Night, Connelly tells this story from the perspective of each of the two main characters. This one blends three different murder cases from three different time periods. Connelly demonstrates his skill at telling this kind of complex multi-threaded story. If you are a Connelly fan, you will want to put this on your TBR list.
By 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, and his widow gives Bosch a murder book, one that Thompson took with him when he left the LAPD twenty years before — the unsolved killing of a troubled young man.
Bosch takes the murder book to Detective Renée Ballard and asks her to help him discover what about this crime lit Thompson’s fire all those years ago. As she begins her inqueries — while still working her own cases on the midnight shift — Ballad finds aspects of the initial investigation that just don’t add up.
The bond between Bosch and Ballard tightens as they become a formidable investigation team. And they soon arrive at a disturbing question: Did Thompson steal the murder book to work the case in retirement, or to make sure it never got solved?
Written with the intense pacing and masterful suspense that have made Michael Connelly “the hard-boiled fiction master of our time” (NPR), The Night Fire continues the unofficial partnership of two fierce detectives determined not to let the fire with burn out.
Published Octobre 22, 2019
449 pages (print)