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Harry Bosch and LAPD Detective Renée 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, 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A mystery from the past refuses to stay buried in this page-turning installment in Michael Connelly’s long-running series starring dogged detective Harry Bosch. Harry’s mentor John Jack Thompson has just died, leaving him the case files from the unsolved murder of a young drug addict, shot in an alley in 1990. Teaming up with the wrongly disgraced detective Renee Ballard, Harry hopes to finally catch the killer. He’s determined to answer the burning questions that had us listening from the edge of our seat. Like...why did Thompson take the files at all, when he never even worked the case? The bass rumble of narrator Titus Welliver will be instantly familiar to fans of the series’ hit TV adaptation, and his sardonic cadence definitely makes him the perfect Bosch. Making the story even more immersive is the presence of secondary narrator Christine Lakin as the relentless but troubled Renee. Whether you’re a Bosch fan or a total newcomer, you’ll become as obsessed with this twisty case as Harry himself.
Good Story But...
The author has a good but not great story here and is worth the price of admission. The narration is an 7 of 10. To be fair, this is my first by this author and reader (s). I will be trying another.
Titus Welliver and Michael Connelly are the dynamic duo
I love that Titus Welliver is reading this Bosch novel. His voice is deep and easy to hear. Connelly’s Bosch novels are some of my favorites. I purchased this as a paper book but since having eye surgery I elected to try audio books. I’m normally one that likes to read in my own, so this was my first audiobook. It did not disappoint.
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