In this #1 New York Times bestseller, 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).
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 color.
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.
The Law of Innocence
Who wrote this?
After reading all of Connelly's other Bosch books I noticed a distinct change of style periodically throughout the book - no longer Connelly's voice, but seemingly a fill-in writer being used for the connecting scenes or background. If this is happening, the mimicry is poor. If the book was entirely authored by Connelly, he's off his game.
Still a good story, but the changes in style, from Connelly to ghost writer and back, was very distracting.
The Burning Room
I would prefer to give this a negative star, but someone (doubtfully Michael Connelly himself) took the time to at least put pen to paper, so I'll give it one. What pedantic, boring writing from one of my favorite authors on one of my all-time favorite characters. I didn't think it was possible to have so much expository writing in one book. By page 60 I was still waiting for the writing to heat up, let alone the story or the characters - it never did.
What a shame to add this drivel to such an exceptional series.