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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, JJ Thompson, is dead, but after his funeral his widow hands Bosch a murder book that Thompson took with him when he left the LAPDyears 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 Connelly deserves his reputation as a writer of superior crime novels with only a few misses in a long line of books And this book is most certainly one of his best which, makes it very good indeed.First off it s obvious that Connelly is looking for life after Bosch He has allowed Bosch to get old and suffer the inevitable ailments that age brings and I m quite sure that this character will stop being written in line with age and fictional reality But, clearly a replacement needs to be found and cleverly Connelly has introduced Ballard who is working with Bosch on the QT This is like handing over a project or job at work to a new colleague when retiring It means that we get used to a new character whilst still buying the Bosch books My gut feeling is that there will be another one or two Bosch Ballard combo s then it will be all Ballard from then on.Anyway, it works well and allows a tangled web to be developed in an engaging way that never becomes too confusing but allows enough intrigue to keep you page turning.As ever, the writing is faultless with superb pacing, great character development and a solid whodunit story.Bosch is getting old and can t be allowed to be the young vigorous policeman running around because that would stretch credulity, thus Ballard fills that role.Bosch is of course the better known fictional character and I m quite sure that many of us have read all of the stories and thus are very familiar with him This book builds upon that history in a logical way.Ballard is new ish and Connelly is fleshing her out and adding depth to the character in a way that will inevitably lead her to becoming his major on going story lead character The development in this story works well and he has made her engaging and interesting.Overall this is another winning book that I finished all too quickly. Sorry not impressed with this one I wondered if he had used a ghost writer as it did not seem like the Harry Bosch we know and love Ending a bit rushed Certainly not as good as the earlier books in the series. The Night Fire has received a mixed bag of reviews with some people loving it and others finding it not to their liking when compared with earlier stories featuring detective Harry Bosch For the record, I am firmly in the loved it category and here s why 1 It is a story that focuses as much on character as it does on plot Harry Bosch is nearing 70 years old and his health is clearly deteriorating However, he has lost none of his desire to see justice done even if it means reappraising colleagues he has respected for most of his working life and putting his life on the line in the course of duty We also get insights to a personal and reflective side of Harry s character, which, as someone who has just become a Septuagenarian, certainly stuck than a few chords with me 2 The story has a gripping plot There are three separate story lines, or threads, each one featuring characters who have appeared in earlier novels Bosch s half brother, the Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller, who defends a man accused of murdering a judge in a city park Detective Renee Ballard, a young detective who works the night shift and investigates the murder of a homeless man who had been burnt alive while sleeping and Harry Bosch who, on the death of his mentor, is left the murder book of an old unsolved homicide We follow the development of each of these cases and, not surprisingly, Bosch ends up being involved one way or another in all three 3 The story can be enjoyed as a stand alone novel even though it features characters from earlier books by Michael Connelly The Night Fire is a quick and easy read and contains lots of page turning drama and intrigue.4 For long standing Bosch fans, such as myself, I sense we are being prepared, in the nicest possible way, for the closure of the Bosch series Looking back over the series, we have accompanied the former Vietnam tunnel rat and maverick detective Harry Bosch through the twists and turns of his very long and varied career as he pursued justice, but like the rest of us will in time, he is approaching the twilight years of his life So this novel is, in a way, a continuation of a shift first seen in the other recent novels The Late Show and Dark Sacred Night where we have the young detective Renee Ballard not only interacting with the older, experienced Harry Bosch but also portraying some of Bosch s behaviour and values, such as his mantra of everybody counts or nobody counts.So, for me, these are the reasons I enjoyed this novel, and should you decide to read it, I hope you find it as gripping and engaging as I have. Unfortunately I was disappointed with this Bosch novel I absolutely love the books in the series but this is not as fulfilling as others The story is disjointed and too convenient for me Markers have been set for the next book but clearly Bosch is on the way out I m sad that Ml Connolly is going about retiring the greatest detective Decided I will reread the entire series