About the book (from the publisher): In the LAPD’s Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet ten years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other clues are virtually nonexistent. Even a veteran cop would find this one tough going, but Bosch’s new partner, Detective Lucia Soto, has no homicide experience. A young star in the department, Soto has been assigned to Bosch so he can pass on to her his hard-won expertise.
Now Bosch and Soto are tasked with solving a murder that turns out to be highly charged and politically sensitive. Beginning with the bullet that has been lodged for years in the victim’s spine, they must pull new leads from years-old evidence, and these soon reveal that the shooting was anything but random.
As their investigation picks up speed, it leads to another unsolved case with even greater stakes: the deaths of several children in a fire that occurred twenty years ago. But when their work starts to threaten careers and lives, Bosch and Soto must decide whether it is worth risking everything to find the truth, or if it’s safer to leave some secrets buried.
My review: I’ve read every book in the Harry Bosch series. Why? Because Michael Connelly is simply one of the best, if not the best, crime writers out there. When a new Bosch mystery is published, I’m first in line at the bookstore. Connelly has been writing for years, but he started out as a newspaper reporter who frequently wrote about real-life crimes. The knowledge he accumulated in those years served him well when he decided to start writing novels. He knows his stuff. He also knows Los Angeles, where this series takes place, like the back of his hand. I consider LA to be a character in his novels, so rich and detailed are his descriptions of that sprawling city.
Like all good writers who spin one book off into a series, Connelly has let the readers witness Bosch’s progression over the years. I don’t want to give anything away, but he’s had his share of heartbreak. He’s seen changes in the police department. He’s found a brother. He’s found a daughter. His role in the police department has evolved over time as he ages. He’s very good at what he does.
Connelly also writes fascinating characters with telling detail. Major or minor in the plot, each and every one is richly drawn.
The action is always gripping, as Connelly takes us through the steps that any good cop has to take to solve a crime, throws in a surprise here and there, and keeps us on the edge of our seats. The Burning Room is another excellent mystery written by a master.
If you haven’t read any of the books in this series (and there are 18 of them – lucky you!) you don’t have to read them in order. But, though they are stand alone novels, I suggest you start at the beginning. Tracking the lead character as he grows and ages is part of the fun, don’t you think?
About the author: Michael Connelly is the author of twenty-six previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Gods of Guilt and The Black Box. His books, which include the bestselling Harry Bosch series and the Lincoln Lawyer series, have sold more than fifty-eight million copies worldwide. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels, and is the executive producer of the forthcoming series Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. He spends his time in California and Florida.
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