Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Burning Room by Michael Connelly

Harry Bosch is back.  He has a rookie partner he's not sure about and a cold case from twenty years ago.  Does he get discouraged?  No, Harry gets to work.

Little Brown and Company and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It was published the first part of this month, so you can get a copy now at your local bookstore.

Harry is a grizzled old investigator who is willing to call in favors and slip a little on the wild side to get the job done.  I admire him as a character not only for his dedication to the case but for his vigilante side.  He's not sure about his new partner.  She's a good cop but she got promoted quickly and he's not sure she's seasoned enough.  The longer he works with her and learns about her motivation and desires and reactions, he begins to realize she might even be a better cop than he is.  He's happy to see that.

This is a mix of two cases with different players.  

One is a rich political backer, one is an ex-mayor, and the others are all either employees or friends of power.  It began with a man that got that shot while playing in a band in a public park.  He dies from the bullet wound twenty years later.  That means the case is open again.  When Harry finds he was not the intended target, it changes the complexion of the case.  Soto can speak Spanish, so she's really useful in interviews with Hispanics.

While Harry is pursuing this case, he finds Soto is trying solve a dead case herself.  A fire was set at a building that housed a daycare and almost everyone died.  One child lived; that child was Soto.  There also happened to be a bank robbery a couple of blocks away.  Harry thinks they might be related and he's right.

This is an intense read with two good mysteries being solved at the same time.  It kept me glued to the story.  I was rooting for both Harry and Soto.  Of course, Harry gets in trouble again.  Somehow he always does.  It will be interesting to see what Mr. Connelly does with him in the next book.  If Harry is in it, I'll be reading it!

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