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The Night Fire

64.3% complete
2019
2024
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Bosch
Chapters 1-2
Ballard
Chapters 3-4
Bosch
Chapters 5-6
Ballard
Chapters 7-11
Bosch
Chapters 12-13
Ballard
Chapters 14-16
Bosch
Chapters 17-20
Ballard
Chapters 21-25
Bosch
Chapters 26-29
Ballard
Chapter 30
Bosch
Chapters 31-32
Ballard
Chapters 33-37
Bosch
Chapters 38-40
Ballard
Chapters 41-43
Bosch
Chapters 44-47
Ballard
Chapter 48
Bosch
Chapters 49-50
Ballard
Chapter 51
Ballard and Bosch
Chapter 52
Epilogue
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A series of fiction novels written by Michael Connelly featuring Renée Ballard - a night shift detective in the LAPD.  These take place in the world of Harry Bosch.

1) The Late Show
2) Dark Sacred Night
3) The Night Fire
4) The Dark Hours
5) Desert Star
6) The Waiting
Copyright © 2019 by Hieronymus, Inc.
For Titus Welliver,
for breathing life into Harry Bosch.
Hold Fast.
Bosch arrived late and had to park on a cemetery lane far from the grave site.
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Extract (may contain spoilers)
Ballard's first stop was Property Division, where she checked out the sealed evidence box marked with the John Hilton murder case number.  She could tell right away that it was not a twenty-nine-year-old box and the sealing tape was not yellowed as would have been expected.  The box had obviously been repacked, which was not unusual.  The Property Division was a massive warehouse but still too small for all the evidence stored there.  Consolidation was an ongoing project and old, dusty evidence boxes were often opened and repacked in smaller boxes to save room.  Ballard had the evidence list from the murder book that she could use to make sure everything was intact - the victim's clothes, personal belongings, etc.  She was primarily looking for two things: the expended bullet retrieved from Hilton's body during autopsy and the casing retrieved from the floor of his car.

She checked the sign-out sheet on the box and saw that, other than the repackaging that had taken place six years earlier, the box had apparently not been opened since it was placed in Property by the original two detectives - Hunter and Talis - nearly three decades before.  This would generally not be unusual because no suspects had ever been developed, so there was no reason to analyze collected evidence in regard to a potential killer.  Hunter and Talis had collected the evidence and had a list of the box's contents in the murder book.  They knew firsthand what they had.  They had seen it and held it.
However, what Ballard did find curious was that John Jack Thompson, when he took possession of the murder book and apparently started working the case, had never gone to Property and pulled the box.  He had never checked out the physical evidence.

It was literally the first move Ballard had made.  Yes, she had the property list from the murder book, but she still wanted to see the evidence.  It was a visceral thing, like an extension of the crime scene photos.  It brought her close to the case, closer to the victim, and she could not see pulling and working a case without this necessary step.  Yet Thompson, the mentor to two generations of detectives, had apparently chosen not to.

Ballard put the question aside and started going through the contents of the box, checking them off against the list from the murder book and studying each piece of clothing and every item gathered from the Corolla.  She had seen something in the crime scene photos that she wanted to find: a small notebook that was in the console between the front seats of the car.  An entry on the property list said simply notebook, with no description of its contents or any detail about why Hilton kept a notebook by his side in his car.

 

Added: 28-Apr-2022
Last Updated: 17-Mar-2024

Publications

 29-Oct-2019
Hachette Audio
Book on CD
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Date Issued:
29-Oct-2019
Format:
Book on CD
Cover Price:
$40.00
Length:
10 hrs 4 min (449 pages)
Catalog ID:
DD46944
"Read":
Once
Reading(s):
1)   22 Jan 2024 - 23 Jan 2024
Cover Link(s):
Internal ID:
23202
Publisher:
ISBN:
1-549-12077-8
ISBN-13:
978-1-549-12077-0
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Credits:
Christine Lakin  - Narration
Renée Myers - Cover Design
Shutterstock - Cover Photograph
Titus Welliver  - Narration
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 inquiries - while still working her own cases on the midnight shift - Ballard finds aspects of the initial investigation that just don't add up.

The bond between Bosch and Ballard tightens as they become a formidable investigative 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 withing burn out.
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©2019 Hieronymus, Inc ℗2019 Hachette Audio
9 CDs
 01-Oct-2020
Grand Central Publishing
Paperback B
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Date Issued:
Cir 01-Oct-2020
Format:
Paperback B
Cover Price:
$9.99
Pages*:
456
Cover Link(s):
Internal ID:
43494
ISBN:
1-538-70145-6
ISBN-13:
978-1-538-70145-4
Printing:
1
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Credits:
Mario J Pulice - Cover Design
Shutterstock - Cover Photograph
SOME CRIMES
LIGHT A FIRE THAT NEVER
GOES OUT...


A JUDGE MURDERED IN A CITY PARK
Mickey Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer, defends the man accused.

A HOMELESS PERSON BURNED ALIVE
Detective Renée Ballard catches the case on the LAPD's notorious graveyard shift.

AN UNSOLVED HOMICIDE FROM A LIFETIME AGO
Harry Bosch is left a missing case file by his mentor who passed away.  Why did he keep the case all these years?  To find the truth - or bury it?

IN L.A. CRIME NEVER SLEEPS
But in Ballard, Bosch, and Haller: the fire always burns.  Will it light the way - or leave their lives in ashes?
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Notes and Comments:
Originally published in hardcover and ebook by Little, Brown & Company in October 2019
First oversize mass market edition: October 2020
First printing based on the number line
Canada: $12.99

Includes:
Preview of The Law of Innocence by Michael Connelly

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Author(s)

Michael Connelly  
Birth: 21 Jul 1956 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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