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The Burning Room by Michael Connelly

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Two old cases form the centre of this new Harry Bosch thriller, one from ten years previously, the other 25. So ten years ago a musician was shot while playing a gig. The bullet lodged in his spine but did not kill him. When he did die the coroner decided the cause of death was the bullet so now we have a murder. Nice one. Bosch decided the original shooting was intended to hit someone else and the case thickens. This is a slow-paced tale for a Connelly, intricate, intriguing and clever but lacking tension. The second case involves Bosch’s new partner, the rookie detective Lucia Soto, and a dreadful tragedy in her childhood.

If you like Michael Connelly you might also like to read books by Harlan Coben, John Grisham and Jeffery Deaver.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. In the LAPD’s Unsolved Crime Unit, something strange and unprecedented has happened. A murder victim has died a decade after a crime; Orlando Merced dies after complications from being shot years before. It’s up to Detective Harry Bosch to investigate the case in which, although the corpse is recent, all other evidence simply no longer exists. Harry has his hands full. The ever-reliable American author Michael Connelly alternates his two heroes, serviceable lawyer Mickey Haller and tough cop Harry Bosch, and sometimes (affording his fans a certain frisson) has them interacting with each other in the same book; this latest, however, is a Bosch book.
~ Barry Forshaw


The Burning Room by 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.

About the Author

Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly is a former police reporter for the LOS ANGELES TIMES and the international bestselling author of the Harry Bosch thriller series. He is the author of several standalones, including the highly acclaimed legal thriller, THE LINCOLN LAWYER, which was selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club. BOSCH, the TV series based on Michael's novels, is the most watched original series on Amazon Prime Instant Video and has just been commissioned for a second series. His novel Blood Work was adapted into a film in 2002 with a screenplay by Brian Helgeland and direction by Clint Eastwood, who also played the lead role. Connelly's novel The Lincoln Lawyer was made into a film in 2011, with Matthew McConaughey playing defense lawyer Michael "Mickey" Haller. He occasionally makes guest appearances as himself in the ABC comedy/drama TV series Castle.

His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won awards all over the world, including the EDGAR and ANTHONY AWARDS. Fifty-eight million copies of Connelly’s books have sold worldwide and he has been translated into thirty-nine foreign languages.

Author photo © Wendy Werri

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30th November 1999


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