MYSTERY

The Night Fire

Little, Brown. (Renée Ballard & Harry Bosch, Bk. 3). Oct. 2019. 416p. ISBN 9780316485616. $29; ebk. ISBN 9780316457484. M
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A fire that kills a homeless man and a cold case left to retired LAPD detective Harry Bosch by his recently deceased mentor bring current LAPD detective Renée Ballard and Harry back together for a roller-coaster crime-solving ride. Master storyteller Connelly manages to top himself with his latest intensely gripping thriller, his 22nd Bosch story and third Ballard novel. He tells a superb tale with an economy of words using a no-nonsense, fly-on-the-wall style of writing. Keeping the chapters short and the Bosch and Ballard sections separate brilliantly aids in the thought process continuity that readers will find necessary for this mystery containing many irons in the fire, a few holy cows, and edge-of-your-seat chills. Fans will also get to catch up with other frequent costars such as Harry’s half brother “Lincoln Lawyer” Mickey Haller, and his now college-age daughter Maddie.
VERDICT Fans of this prolific author of crime dramas and either series will find this best-seller-list-bound novel hard to put down. Though it reads well as a stand-alone, this series is best read in order. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/19.]

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