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The Burning Room (Harry Bosch Book 19) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Connelly
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Book Description

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 ten 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.

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    As ever in Michael Connelly's work, Los Angeles - a city in which 'no matter how close it something looked, it was still far away' - is a character in its own right. And the jazz soundtrack - 'plaintive and sad but ... with an undeniable underlying hope' - makes The Burning Room a superb swansong. (EVENING STANDARD)

    It's a good story, but crucially The Burning Room shows Bosch on top form, his age no impediment to his stubbornness nor his professional insights (Marcel Berlins THE TIMES)

    what Connelly delivers here - as ever - is a slice of classy, clever, page-turning stuff, as Bosch and his excellent new sidekick trace the shadows of years-old crimes whose tendrils stretch through the echelons of LA society and across the sprawl of its geography. The detective is described by his boss - 'the one that knows the most in the troop. Has all the experience.' Connelly, too, is a pair of eminently safe hands, and The Burning Room is a pleasure to read. (Alison Flood THE OBSERVER)

    Connelly weaves his story as deftly as always, never slackening the tension (DAILY EXPRESS)

    Connelly has lost none of his fire, nor his desire to take his readers by the throat and never let them go (DAILY MAIL)

    a master of narrative tension, complex but believable plotting and three-dimensional characters ... his latest novel maintains the same high standard and relentless impetus that keeps one turning the pages. (THE SPECTATOR)

    a taut and believable tale set in a grimly recognisable world where those at the top - be they career politicians or career criminals - share a disregard for the lives of those they exploit. (MAIL ON SUNDAY EVENT MAGAZINE)

    A master at construction, Connelly finds a way to link the two cases, which burrow deep into Los Angeles's Latino community. As often happens in Connelly's police procedurals, Bosch's meticulously built case is undermined by political corruption in high places, leaving him 'suddenly sick to death of everything'. (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY)

    Book Description

    Detective Harry Bosch tackles a cold case unlike any he's ever worked, in the new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author Michael Connelly.


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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1170 KB
    • Print Length: 401 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316225932
    • Publisher: Orion (6 Nov. 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00JOM7SKA
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (388 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #482 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the author of Harry Bosch thriller series as well as several stand-alone bestsellers, including the highly acclaimed legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer, selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club.
    Michael Connelly has been President of the Mystery Writers of America. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won awards all over the world, including the Edgar and Anthony Awards.
    He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his family.

    Here are the Harry Bosch novels in series order:

    The Black Echo
    The Black Ice
    The Concrete Blonde
    The Last Coyote
    Trunk Music
    Angels Flight
    A Darkness More Than Night
    City of Bones
    Lost Light
    The Narrows
    The Closers
    Echo Park
    The Overlook
    The Brass Verdict
    Nine Dragons

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    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Connelly's weakest piece to date 11 Dec. 2014
    I am a huge fan of Michael Connelly. Michael Connelly is hailed as one of the best crime fiction authors of the 21st century, without any doubts. However, The Burning Room fail to meet my expectations. Connelly has written nail biting pieces featuring veteran LAPD officer Harry Bosch. Angels Flight, Black Box and Drop are some of the novels which have wowed me.. Should this mark the end of the character? I have to say yes, as he is becoming a ragged character now. The author seems to be depleted of ideas on how to utilize and move forward the character. The plot is around unsolved cases featuring the death of a band member and burning of a house leading to a number of the deaths. He is partnered with a new officer, Sato, a rookie cop with a point to prove. I am not sure whether this partnership works. To me, this signals a strong message for the author to introduce new characters for future novels. Harry appears to be doing the same work and is always affected by the politics. These are the usual cliches of the character.

    The Burning Room starts well, but loses momentum and becomes flat mid way through. The author ran out of steam as it appears to me. There are detailed sections about police procedures and processes. Whilst being insightful, it defeats the point of what is expected of a high octane thriller.The story metaphorically speaking is like a stagnant river. Nothing is flowing in the river. In this context, it is stale with elements of action and excitment missing to grip readers. I admire Bosch's qualities as a fine police officer. He always thinks about the victims. He does not follow correct procedures. As a consequence, lands into trouble by bosses. The work relationships are poor with senior peers. I found some of his qualities commendable as a police officer..
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 22 Nov. 2014
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    I was disappointed! Having recently re-read the early Bosch books, I have been reminded of the complex, vulnerable character at the heart of these books. This most recent offering if simply a crime procedural tale, with little of Bosch's history and character coming through, still less his daughter, Maddie , whom we have known almost all her life and who has become the most compliant and boring teenager ever, quite unbelievable given her mother's violent death, transplanted to live on a new city at a young age, with a father who has never raised a child. This book could have been so much more than it is, but loyal Bosch fans will love him anyway.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Burned out 23 Nov. 2014
    By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
    Several years ago I read an article by the brilliant Nicholson Baker who was writing about traditional paper books vs ebooks. He was heavily on the side of paper books but he mentioned that he did stay up reading The Lincoln Lawyer in the dark on his phone using the Kindle app because he didn’t want to turn on the light and wake his wife - he had to finish it no matter what!

    That convinced me to check out The Lincoln Lawyer and he was right, it was amazing! Suddenly I had a new favourite writer and I picked up the next Michael Connelly I could find: The Brass Verdict. Again, it was great and I was introduced to a new character, Harry Bosch, who I began to read about in Echo Park, which might be my favourite Connelly book.

    I ended up doing something I almost never do and read seven or eight Connelly books in a row before stopping - after the great ones I found came the dross and eventually I realised I’d burned through the good and went elsewhere to other writers. I returned here and there for the new books - Nine Dragons, The Reversal - but they weren’t as good and after The Fifth Witness, which I couldn’t bear to finish it was so bad, I gave up on Connelly for good.

    Until now. Three years later and I thought it might be worth checking in with Connelly again - maybe he’d gotten the crap out of his system and he was back to producing quality thrillers like Lincoln Lawyer/Echo Park? I was wrong. He’s remained as bad as I remembered.

    In one of the later Bosch books I remember Harry talking about retiring, and maybe he did, so I was shocked to see he’s still working in the LAPD! How old is he now, 80-something? Wasn’t he ‘Nam? So apparently Bosch can’t retire because Connelly can’t come up with another wafer-thin character.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good example of this author's work! 23 Jan. 2015
    By Lucy V
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Dreadful! I love these books normally and am a great fan of Michael Connelly.
    Something very wrong with this one. Normally I can't put these books down. I kept reading in the hope it would get better but it didn't.
    Don't use this one as an example of the authors work.
    He's normally brilliant and other books in the same series are much better than this.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    By Tom2221
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    I love Michael Connelly books, and his fans are likely to enjoy this one too. Within The Burning Room we find the reassuring familiarity of Harry Bosch's determined detective work, and the relentless momentum he applies to the problems he's solving.

    But he's definitely getting on a bit, and there's a certain weariness in Bosch at having to go through the motions and jump through bureaucratic hoops. The reason this is a 3-star review is because I sense a similar weariness in some of Michael Connelly's writing. There remains some brilliant observations, and the story will maintain readers' interest until the final page, but there are also some glaring examples of hurried and unimaginative prose: "Bosch once called a detective in St. Louis in preparation for a trip there to make an arrest for murder. Little did he know that he was talking to a man who happened to be related by marriage to the person Bosch was coming to arrest. Bosch didn't learn of this connection until after he got there and found the suspect had fled the night before." It might seem unfair to pick out such an example without context, but this and other paragraphs like it stand out only because most of Connelly's writing is so vivid.

    I hope that Bosch returns soon, and that his familiar passion for life and its challenges is matched by a renewed sparkle in the storytelling.
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