In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost 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 evidence is virtually nonexistent.
Now Bosch and his new partner, rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Starting with the bullet that's been lodged for years in the victim's spine, they must pull new leads from years-old information, which soon reveals that this shooting may have been anything but random.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
It’s no accident that Michael Connelly is regarded as one of today’s finest crime authors. With laser-like precision, he draws you into the mystery surrounding a decade-old shooting of a mariachi band member in Los Angeles. In this novel, winningly scruffy leading man Harry Bosch—an icon of modern detective fiction—is paired with a courageous but inexperienced young policewoman with a lot to prove. You don’t have to be familiar with the Bosch series to get swept up in this thrilling story with its sympathetic characters and cinematic colour.
An autopsy opens Edgar-winner Connelly's superb 19th Harry Bosch mystery (after 2012's The Black Box). Orlando Merced, a mariachi musician, was transformed into a symbol for urban violence by an opportunistic mayoral candidate when he was wounded a decade earlier, a random victim of a drive-by shooting. Merced's death prompts a reexamination of the case, and Bosch and his young new partner, Lucia Soto, get to work. With his usual deftness, Connelly links the Merced shooting to an act of arson an apartment fire that killed nine on the same day and returns to his perennial themes: local politics, the media, the LAPD's internecine warfare, and, of course, Los Angeles itself, from the wealthy enclaves of Mulholland Drive to the barrios of East L.A. Bosch is very much of the old school in this high-tech world, but his hands-on tenacity serves him and the case well just as Connelly serves his readers well with his encyclopedic knowledge and gifts as a storyteller.
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Have read all Harry Bosch novels before this one and the latest does not disappoint. Always believable, always page-turning. Connelly doesn't need countless sexual encounters or descriptions of mindless violence to keep his readers' interest, he just moves the plot along in a manner that holds your attention. Now waiting for the next episode of Lazarus-like action.....
The Burning Room - Michael Connelly
Great read, One of those books I couldn't put down. What a fantastic woven tale with believable villains. I'm not bad at picking out the baddies but this one had me stumped right until the end. As detective stories go it was a little different, I'm going to have to research which book is the follow up as I'm hooked on the characters Soto and Bosch.
Not the best!
Lacks the fire and brimstone we are accustomed to I'm afraid!
A kind of ho hum yarn that I could easily put down for days at a time and then force myself to soldier on to finish it!
Woeful anti climax ending and pretty poor at that!
Let's hope the next one has some more action to it!