Finished The Burning Room by Michael Connelly. I received a copy from the publisher.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“Detective Harry Bosch tackles a cold case unlike any he’s ever worked, in the new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author 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.
In this gripping new thriller, Michael Connelly shows once again why Harry Bosch is “one of the greats of crime fiction” (New York Daily News).“
I don’t read many mysteries anymore, but Michael Connelly is always a must-buy for me. I have enjoyed all his books, but the Harry Bosch ones are my favorite. (I feel a little guilty, actually, because whenever I read a Mickey Haller installment, I always love them but I also always think, “I’d rather it were Harry Bosch instead…”)
I also know that these books are drawing to a close (Harry is approaching retirement) and I know that will be a sad, sad day for me.
But we don’t have to think about that yet.
So anyway, Harry has a new partner: Lucia Sota, who’s new and is a bit of a media superstar. (Her last partner died in a shootout and she was able to hold the gunmen at bay until reinforcements arrived.) I wasn’t completely sold on her at first, but I ended up really liking her, and I hope that she will show up in more books. I’m not ready to lose Harry, but more books with Lucy in them would be really good.
This is a cold case and Harry quickly gets sucked into it. He even uses his current catchphrase (“Everybody counts or nobody counts”), which is basically every value I have distilled into one sentence. The best part is that a politician overhears and appropriates it and Harry is just completely horrified (because he actually means it and it’s so obvious that the politician is trying to score votes.
If you’re a fan of police procedurals, you owe it to yourself to read Harry Bosch.