I enjoyed the last Connelly book I read, Dark Sacred Night, so much I picked up his most recent within a week. Harry Bosch, the main detective in the series for many books now (22?) is retired but keeps his hand in and has an unofficial partner, Renee Ballard. Renee works as a detective on the night shift (aka the “late show”) where she was assigned due to filing (deserved) sexual harassment charges against her supervisor.
The Night Fire
by Michael Connelly
2019 / 416 pages
read by Titus Welliver and Christine Lakin
Rating: A++ / crime procedural
Although Harry is muckiest holder than Rekey, they make a good team; they’re both loners
and workaholics and don’t necessarily operate within all the department rules. They work closed cases after hours. Another familiar character turns up as a case goes to court, Mickey Haller, Bosch’s half-brother from The Lincoln Lawyer. This is perhaps the overarching plot line but there are several to choose from.
As usual in the later books of the Harry Bosch series there is a lot going on, many cases to follow with lots of characters and procedures. Two of the cases usually rise to the top though. Connelly writes very nicely, developing characters and plots simultaneously and keeping the energy of the novel going while maintaining high interest in procedures. This one is another winner and Connelly, at 63 years, maybe has another 10 or 15 years of writing in him. I’m looking forward to it.