The Burning Room by Michael Connelly

burning roomThis is a police procedural, another Harry Bosch story,  with minimal thriller aspects.  Instead, Connelly shows us the dogged working through of a cold case investigation,  lengthy car trips around crowded Los Angeles freeways,  internal politics of a police department,  the way a senior officer mentors a rookie, and the struggles of a working father to stay connected to his teenage daughter. It’s long hours, not much glamour or much pay, and some powerful people are not on Bosch’s side. If you are familiar with Southern California, you’ll recognize the mariachis, the view from Mulholland Drive, run-down inner-city apartments – so real.

The pleasure in this book is not the writing or the excitement of the chase, but the tangled interplay of motives and feelings in those who commit a crime,  those who are solving the crime, and even some of the victims.


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