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The Burning Room (Harry Bosch Series #19)

The Burning Room (Harry Bosch Series #19)

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by Michael Connelly

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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


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).

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 10/01/2014
Orlando Merced is finally dead from the bullet that struck him in the spine and paralyzed him a decade ago as he played with his band in Los Angeles's Mariachi Plaza, and the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit has caught the case. Such investigations are rarely straightforward, but soon detectives Harry Bosch and his new partner, "Lucky" Lucy Soto, discover that the victim had ties to a mayoral hopeful, putting a political spin on their probe. Bosch has never had patience for political machinations, interoffice or otherwise, and he must juggle this complication along with an inexperienced and untested partner. Bosch finds himself in shark-filled waters with a murder case that turns out to be about much more. His love for the job and for the City of Angels, warts and all, and his fierce sense of justice are among the many things that make this series great. VERDICT Connelly's (The Gods of Guilt) exceptional gift for crafting an intricate and fascinating procedural hasn't faded a bit. Our protagonist remains, after 19 books, one of the most intriguing creations in crime fiction, even as he faces his impending retirement. A humdinger of an ending will have readers anxiously awaiting the next book. [See Prepub Alert, 5/12/14.]—Kristin Centorcelli, Denton, TX
The New York Times - Janet Maslin
Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series has its highs and lows, but the latest installment is perched on a hilltop. The Burning Room is the best Bosch book in years, not only because of its sharp dialogue and fast-paced detective wizardry, but also because it neither dawdles nor lets Harry get moody…The Burning Room finds Harry in his highest gear, making every minute of police work count. And it gives him just the kind of crazily convoluted case that fans of detective fiction love.
Publishers Weekly
★ 09/08/2014
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. Agent: Philip Spitzer, Philip G. Spitzer Literary. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
"This is the finest crime series written by an American....There are few fictional characters we know so well; Harry is an old friend now."—Patrick Anderson, Washington Post

"Bosch has become one of the most popular and enduring figures in American crime fiction."—Kevin Nance, Chicago Tribune

"The Black Echo introduced Connelly as the heir apparent to Raymond Chandler and also helped usher in a new approach to the police procedural. Now, twenty years later, Connelly is still writing about Harry Bosch, continuing to discover new layers to this now iconic character with increasingly complex and believable plots....Connelly makes him a fresh and original character each outing."—Oline H. Cogdill, Miami Herald

"Bosch has become Mr. Connelly's most durable, well-entrenched creation."—Janet Maslin, New York Times

"Connelly proves again that neither he nor Bosch has lost his touch."—Christian DuChateau, CNN

"Harry Bosch is as formidable as he ever was."—Sherryl Connelly, New York Daily News

"Connelly's writing is like the best flavor of ice cream: reliably delicious every time."—Jeff Ayers, Associated Press

Kirkus Reviews
The latest and most intricate of Harry Bosch's cold cases (The Black Box, 2012, etc.) begins with a victim who's still cooling off in the morgue.Orlando Merced was shot 10 years ago by a sniper who fired into his band, Los Reyes Jalisco, as it played on Mariachi Plaza. He's just now died of blood poisoning, but the coroner's office is calling it murder, since the cause was the bullet that's been lodged in his body all these years. Ex-Los Angeles mayor Armando Zeyas, who can't resist grandstanding on behalf of the dead man who played at his wedding, offers a $50,000 reward guaranteed to bring the crazies out of the woodwork, and one of the callers tells Bosch's very junior new partner, Detective Lucia Soto, that the shooting is linked to a 1993 fire at the Bonnie Brae apartments that killed nine victims, most of them children. Since Soto survived that fire as a child and had friends who didn't, she comes to full alert when the anonymous tipster claims Merced was killed because he knew who set the fire. The two crimes are both linked, it turns out, to another crime, the violent robbery of an EZBank the same day as the Bonnie Brae arson. Though the felonies may be ancient, Connelly (The Gods of Guilt, 2013, etc.) maintains a rapid pace, steadily increasing the tension even after the solution becomes obvious. Following Bosch's trail is like watching Lew Archer in the glory days of Ross Macdonald, except Connelly's focus is social, political and ultimately professional rather than psychological. Expect Bosch to uncover a nest of vipers as powerful as they are untouchable, but don't expect him to emerge from his Herculean labors a happy man.

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Little, Brown and Company
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Harry Bosch Series , #19
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Meet 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 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.

Brief Biography

Sarasota, Florida
Date of Birth:
July 21, 1956
Place of Birth:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980

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The Burning Room 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 199 reviews.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Working as a detective in LAPD’s Open Unsolved Unit, veteran Harry Bosch is in his last year before he should retire under the Deferred Retirement Option Plan. Despite this, he is still working diligently to solve any cases sent his way and now he’s been paired with the youngest detective in the unit - Lucy Soto. Their case concerns who murdered Orlando Merced, a musician who had been shot ten years ago in Mariachi Plaza but has only just died. The victim had suffered for many years because of the shooting and it is only after his death that the bullet can be retrieved from his body - it had been lodged in his spine for all those years, causing lead poisoning, him to have limbs amputated and, finally, his death. How the two set off to solve the crime, linking it to others of a more personal nature for Lucy, political intrigue and great teamwork make this a brilliant addition to the series of books starring Bosch, but you really don’t need to have read any of them to appreciate the brilliant writing by this author, true craftsmanship! The characters are portrayed, warts and all, interacting with each other in realistic manners, the storyline is brilliant, with lots of twist, turns and it ends with a totally unexpected cliff hanger! Superb story, very highly recommended! Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reads like his early novels - much better than some of his recent books. Recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. The author is back in form after the last two books which I thought were less intricate. Having read all his books I would compare this to his earlier ones (Black Echo, City of Bones) that I liked the most. Looking to see what's next for Harry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have read in months. Well written. The plot was tight and carefully thought out and served to the reader. Harry Bosch stories are always excellent and Mr. Connelly is one of the best writers on the market. And no short cuts, no trash, no just written for the money. Buy this and enjoy a great read. Kat
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Now, presumably, entering his final year as a detective, Harry Bosch is paired with Lucia Soto, a young Latina woman with no experience, on the theory he has the experience to mentor her and something would rub off. As it turns out, she not only has the same drive and commitment as the veteran, but also a private agenda which provides a second plot to the original cold case they are tasked to work on. The first case is an unusual one: A man who was shot ten years before, the bullet lodging in his spine leaving him paralyzed, dies of blood poisoning, and the coroner rules it a homicide. So Harry and his partner not only have a cold case but a current murder to investigate. The second case is a personal obsession of Lucy, who as a child was the victim of a fire in which nine other children and their minder died. The case was assigned to another detective team, and Harry exhibits his maverick ways by acquiring jurisdiction with his unique methodology. As a result, the novel proceeds with two police procedurals, for which the author is, perhaps, among the best writers of this kind. It is a little sad to think Harry is coming to the end of a long run. Or does Mr. Connolly have something else in mind for the venerable character (or his partner)? The Harry Bosch series has been one of police procedurals in the best sense of the term, and of the genre, and it would be disappointing to its loyal readers if it were to suddenly disappear. As were its predecessor novels, “The Burning Room” also is highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
nice flow...fast read
LWH78 More than 1 year ago
The old dog is teaching the newest dog how to do the job. Harry has changed some over the years, and has to choose carefully what to pass on. He  teaches  the same way he does the job, as only he can, with natural consequences. This character has taught me a lot about the nature of the best people who become cops, a welcome reminder in days where the papers seem to carry stories of only the worst. I wish the stories about the sold papers too. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thid was a very interesting mystery and I enjoyed every twist in the story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read all of the Bosch books. This one has Harry older and wiser and serving as a mentor. No one could be better. I was worried after reading negative reviews that this would one disappoint me -- it did not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finest crime series written by an American; couldn't agree more
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Easy and fun to read. Great read for bedtime. Until you hit THAT spot. Then you can't put it down.
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Interesting and sound research.
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The burning room. Excellentt