The Burning Room (Harry Bosch) by Michael Connelly


KK Conley ReviewMC Burning Room

I love Michael Connelly’s books. He’s a gifted writer who makes each story unique and fresh rather than write to a formula. In this book a murder victim takes nine years to die. Now Bosch has a cold case with a fresh corpse.

Bosch watches the autopsy and feels sympathy for the victim and the desecration of his body.

What bothered Bosch about the grisly tableau was that the body had already been so violated for so long. Both legs gone, one arm taken at the shoulder, the surgical scars old but somehow raw and red. The man’s mouth was open in a silent scream. His eyes were directed upward as if beseeching his God for mercy. Deep down Bosch knew that the dead were the dead and they no longer suffered the cruelties of life, but even so he felt like saying, Enough is enough. Asking, When does it stop? Shouldn’t death be the relief from the tortures of life?

I like that about Bosch. He’s got his priorities right.

He’s also got a newbie named Soto for a partner. Soto has issues stemming from an unsolved arson case that killed several of her friends when she was a child. It doesn’t take much for her to persuade Bosch to help her with an unauthorized investigation into this old case.

This is another great Bosch novel, and I recommend it.

Booklist Online Review

Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD before and then come back, but this time it appears he’s played out his string. So when Harry is paired with a rookie detective in a cold case like no other—the victim of a nine-year-old shooting has only now died, leaving the detectives with a warm corpse and a cold investigation—he’s tasked with a dual charge: find the killer and train the newbie, Lucie Soto, who has an agenda of her own. As a child, Soto, an orphan, was trapped in a burning building and watched many of her friends die before she was rescued. No one was ever arrested for the arson, and Lucie is out to solve her own cold case—against the rules and off the books. Harry, who has never seen a rule he wasn’t willing to break, agrees to help his new partner, if she agrees to put their real case first. That becomes considerably easier to do when it appears the two may be connected. Ah, but there’s a rub: the trail leads to what Bosch calls “high jingo,” political considerations that mean interference from the big bosses.

By putting the emphasis on the training of a young detective, Connelly shows us a side of Bosch we tend to de-emphasize, stressing instead his maverick attitude and his battles against inner demons. Harry is also a damn good detective, eschewing databases and cell phones to do his investigating by following the old-school motto of “Get off your ass, and go knock on doors.” Sadly, door-knocking doesn’t always win in the face of high jingo, or even garden-variety bureaucrats, and if the Bosch series teaches us anything, it’s that hard work is often its own—and only—reward. That’s the real lesson Bosch must teach Lucie, and he does it in grand style.

HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Connelly’s 26 novels have sold more than 58 million copies worldwide, proving that crime-fiction fans love a maverick.

— Bill Ott

© Booklist Online

Amazon Description

In the new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly, Detective Harry Bosch and his rookie partner investigate a cold case that gets very hot… very fast.

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 that 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 let some secrets stay buried.

In a swiftly-moving novel as relentless and compelling as its hero, Michael Connelly shows once again why Harry Bosch is “one of the most popular and enduring figures in American crime fiction” (Chicago Tribune).

4.3 stars, 5,800+ reviews

Goodreads

4.0 stars, 18,000+ ratings

Michael Connelly’s Description

(This is basically the same description that is on the Amazon page.)

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 that 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 let some secrets stay buried.

The Burning Room is available now in print, eBook, and audio formats in the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

(There is a special limited edition version of The Burning Room published by the Mysterious Bookshop in October 2014. It is bound in blue leather and blue marbled boards. Limited to 200 signed and numbered copies. Price is $150.)