The Burning Room (Harry Bosch Series #17)

The Burning Room (Harry Bosch Series #17)

by Michael Connelly

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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 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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455524181
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Series: Harry Bosch Series , #17
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 30,919
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 4.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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.


Sarasota, Florida

Date of Birth:

July 21, 1956

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980

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Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reads like his early novels - much better than some of his recent books. Recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
nice read
LWH78 More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thid was a very interesting mystery and I enjoyed every twist in the story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never disappointed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finest crime series written by an American; couldn't agree more
lynguy1 8 months ago
THE BURNING ROOM by Michael Connelly is the seventeenth book in the Harry Bosch series and it still has the ability to draw me into the story and keep me engaged throughout the book. This is a well-written police procedural. Harry is working in the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, has about a year left until retirement and is partnered with rookie Detective Lucia Soto. A man dies from complications from a bullet ten years earlier and Harry and Lucy catch the politically sensitive case. Both Harry and Lucy were compelling and well-drawn characters with clear goals. There was enough at stake and enough tension throughout to make it a page-turner for me. The plot twists were believable, but not totally unexpected. The scenes progressed in a realistic, compelling manner. Harry's softer side came through in his relationship with his teenage daughter. While the main story was resolved, there was a cliffhanger at the end of the book that I felt should have been resolved here rather than in another book. I recommend this series to those than enjoy police procedurals.I look forward to reading more books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The formula: Grizzled male police veteran near retirement linked with young, idealistic mixed-race female rookie, who learn a lot from each other. Short on moralizing, characterization, and back story, but long on meticulous police work and on brilliant follow-up of faint leads.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read by Michael Connelly! Love Harry!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced thrill ride. As always this book had great characters and lots of twists! I would recommend this book.
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NNLight More than 1 year ago
I had never read a Bosch mystery and started out with one of his later works. I was blown away as the book was hard to put down. I hadn't been reading it more than a few days when I found myself dreaming about the story unfolding before my eyes. The partnership between the Vet Bosch and the young Soto was so perfectly written. The layers of murder mystery kept me on the edge of my seat. Unfortunately, the ending was flat. I was left unsatisfied by one of the worst endings I have ever read. 95% of the book is superb and the last 20 pages are terrible. 4 stars. I will keep the book on my bookshelf in the mystery section, but I won't read the ending again. Disclaimer: I received a paperback copy as a gift from my beloved wife for my birthday. My Rating: 4 stars
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Harry and Mike at their usual best!
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Another good Bosch story. I have really enjoyed following his carrer. Looking forward to the next. Highly recomend this series to anyone who enjoys the genre. Satisfaction garranteed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Connelly does it again. Now a new character can take center stage. Lucy Soto is the next generation as Harry gets closer to his next chapter in life.