Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Burning Room

The Burning Room
by Michael Connelly
The Burning Room (Harry Bosch, #19)

Genre: Mystery

Synopsis:  Detective Harry Bosch tackles a cold case unlike any he's ever worked, in the new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly.

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 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.

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

Review:  I got this book as a blind date from the library, meaning that I checked it out without knowing what it was.  I would not have picked this book up on my own, given that it is number 19 in a series of mysteries involving the same character.  While it was a stand alone book, it was obviously part of a series; random characters were introduced for no real reason, and Bosch's back story was alluded to without being detailed.  It was an enjoyable mystery read, and I quite liked the characters of Detective Harry Bosch and his new partner Lucky Lucy. 

Rating: 3.5 stars

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