The Burning Room (Harry Bosch Series #19)

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The new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly follows Detective Harry Bosch and his new partner as they investigate a recent murder where the trigger was pulled nine years earlier.

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 nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still ...

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Overview

The new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly follows Detective Harry Bosch and his new partner as they investigate a recent murder where the trigger was pulled nine years earlier.

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 nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent.

Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Beginning 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 reveal that this shooting may have been anything but random.

In this gripping new novel, Michael Connelly shows once again why Harry Bosch is "one of the greats of crime fiction" (New York Daily News).

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Veteran LAPD detective Harry Bosch has a new partner and a very old case, but when the mariachi musician victim of a shooting a decade before suddenly dies, their first cold case together warms up rapidly. With clues scarce and powers-that-be resistant, Bosch and his bright, but inexperienced female partner must ferret out the truth, a task made more difficult when a link appears between the homicide and a fiery arson that took the lives of children twenty years ago. With The Burning Room, Michael Connelly delivers another police procedural that makes us hope that Harry Bosch will never retire.

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.)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-10-05
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.
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

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316225939
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 11/3/2014
  • Series: Harry Bosch Series , #19
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,454
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael  Connelly

Michael Connelly is the author of 26 previous novels, including the bestselling Harry Bosch series and Lincoln Lawyer series. A former newspaper reporter, Connelly has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels, and he is the executive producer of the TV series Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. He spends his time in California and Florida.

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2014

    Excellent read. The author is back in form after the last two bo

    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.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 5, 2014

    Working as a detective in LAPD¿s Open Unsolved Unit, veteran Har

    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.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2014

    Great read!

    Reads like his early novels - much better than some of his recent books. Recommended!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    nice flow...fast read

    nice flow...fast read

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2014

    Excellent

    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

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2014

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    Now, presumably, entering his final year as a detective, Harry B

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2014

    That Harry

    Finest crime series written by an American; couldn't agree more

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2014

    The old dog is teaching the newest dog how to do the job. Harry

    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. 

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2015

    Outstanding story line and very well written!

    Thid was a very interesting mystery and I enjoyed every twist in the story!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2015

    Stlll love him after all these years

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2015

    Harry Bosch Series Always a Good Read!

    There was nothing really new in this latest installment of Michael Connelly's detective series. Still, reading this book was like having lunch with an old friend, comfortable and enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2015

    Not A Fan

    I have never read a Bosch mystery and won't read another. The writer has a following in this series, but to like Bosch would be to admire brawn and subterfuge over brain. One would also have to believe that everyone else in the police department in LA is an idiot incapable of seeking out and following the most basic and obvious clues and failing to ask the most basic questions about a crime. I doubt police detectives are that dumb in real life. At least, I hope not. I also have never liked stories about the police where they somehow get ahead because they break the law, which Bosch does repeatedly. These stories often end up where the bad guys have to be killed off because there is no case against them. What a macho cop out, pun intended. At least the author knows enough not to imply that a conviction is possible for any of these bad guys, horrible as they are. And Bosch disbelief that he might be disciplined for obvious infractions is pretty sad as a story line. I finished the book, which is the only reason I give it a 2, but the second half was consumed with a sense of disbelief, albeit Mr. Connelly's mediocre writing and amoral, macho protagonist are probably standard fare in these times.

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  • Posted January 23, 2015

    A little disappointed

    I didn't like this book as much as the previous Michael Connelly books. It drags a little.

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  • Posted January 20, 2015

    delivered again, one of the best book I have read in long time.

    delivered again, one of the best book I have read in long time.

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  • Posted January 20, 2015

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    Harry Bosch Still Has His "Groove" and Has An Interesting New Partner!

    Bosch is approaching the last year of his DROP and he is working with Lucy Soto, a new partner. They are assigned a new cold case that is a little bit different than most. A trumpet player in a Mariachi band had been shot several years prior by a sniper. The case was never solved, though it was thought to be gang related. The trumpet player survived the shooting but still had the bullet lodged in his spine. Gradually, the toxins from the bullet poisoned his body and he eventually died from the wound, changing the crime to a homicide. Bosch and Soto now have new evidence to work with as the bullet is retrieved during the autopsy.

    During the course of their investigation, Bosch finds Soto also looking into a 1993 fire that killed several children. Bosch learns that Lucy has a special reason to want to investigate the case as she was one of the child survivors of the fire and wants justice for her friends who died. Bosch agrees to help and uses unorthodox ways to get them assigned to officially look into the case.

    As with most Bosch tales, Bosch relentlessly pursues the truth while having to constantly placate his superiors while constantly worrying they will pull the plug. Lucy makes a good partner and looks like someone that Connelly could spin off after Bosch's DROP concludes. This book is just about as good as any of Harry's previous tales but I would have liked to see Maddy (Bosch's daughter) have more of a role in it. She seems to only have been included so Bosch could take her to a shooting range to investigate a possible lead in his case.

    There will definately be at least one more Harry tale to come as Connelly hints as what is to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2015

    Not hid best effort

    Lacks the great 'Harry' zest. Disappointing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2015

    Love Harry Bosch......

    This one fell flat. Sorry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2015

    Love/Hate

    I LOVE this book but I HATE that it ended and how it ended. I'm forever a Bosch fan.

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  • Posted January 2, 2015

    Highly recommend it

    Another great Harry Bosch book. Must read for fans

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  • Posted January 2, 2015

    read if you have nothing else on your Nook

    not one of his best , dragged on a bit

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