The Burning Room by Michael Connelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jacket Blurb: 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.
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.
Read as an audio book.
Kudos! Hachette Audio managed to get Titus Welliver as the narrator! Very cool.
Harry has one year left on the job and wants to make the most of his time left with the Open Unsolved Unit. The department has undergone another reorganization, and he's now paired with Lucia "Lucy" Soto, a young and upcoming Latino woman who made a name for herself as a street cop. She's now paired with Harry, and Harry feels it's his mission to "train" her in properly in the ways of being a True Blue detective.
Which means he doesn't trust her, he treats her like a subordinate and someone who doesn't know anything. Because, as we all know by this point in the series (book #22), only Bosch knows best.
But, despite my grumblings and misgivings, this book surprised me I think this is one of the better in the series.
Bosch wasn't a complete and total ass to Lucy - but found that she met "his" criteria for what it takes to be a detective - working late, coming in early, getting her boots on the ground and knocking on doors, and a tenacity that rivaled his own.
Bosch wasn't a complete ass to strangers/coworkers. At one point he even held off on making a phone call in the middle of the night so as not to disturb the individual. He wouldn't have done that in previous books.
The year Bosch has remaining with LAPD was a bit heavy on the foreshadowing. I felt like I was being hit over the head with the repeated "How much time do you have left Harry?" questions and responses.
Ultimately, I thought the cold cases in this book were interesting, nicely convoluted, and kept me engaged. Lucy's tie in added a level of personal touch that humanized the murders. If you've read the previous twenty-one books in the series, I recommend this one.
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