Detective Harry Bosch and His Rookie Partner Investigate a Cold Case That Gets Very Hot... Very Fast
Title: The Burning Room (A Harry Bosch Novel Book 17)
Author: Michael Connelly
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
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.
I had never read a Bosch mystery and started out with one of his later works. I was blown away as the book was hard to put down. I hadn't been reading it more than a few days when I found myself dreaming about the story unfolding before my eyes. The partnership between the Vet Bosch and the young Soto was so perfectly written. The layers of murder mystery kept me on the edge of my seat.
Unfortunately, the ending was flat. I was left unsatisfied by one of the worst endings I have ever read. 95% of the book is superb and the last 20 pages are terrible.
4 stars. I will keep the book on my bookshelf in the mystery section, but I won't read the ending again.
Disclaimer: I received a paperback copy as a gift from my beloved wife for my birthday.
My Rating: 4 stars
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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 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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Reviewed by: Mr. N