The Burning Room
A NovelLarge Print - 2014
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“Come on,” Bosch urged (to Skinner who will turn 50 next day). “Do this and then I’ll buy you a margarita for your last day as a forty-niner. T
“Mother’s Day” was street slang for the day that government subsistence checks landed in mailboxes, usually the first of every month. The nickname came about because street hoods often came home to visit mother on the day she got her government check.
A birth certificate was the only requirement to apply for a California driver’s license. The problem was, there was no national template for birth certificates. Thousands of counties across the country issued them, each with its own design. A DMV clerk in California would be hard-pressed to declare as false a certificate from ... if the document presented appeared official and legitimate. A driver’s license would be only one stop on the way to a full identity package, with Social Security number and passport to follow.
She was a “slick sleeve”—not a stripe of rank on her uniform—and made the jump to detective by being a twofer. She was Mexican-American and spoke both English and Spanish fluently.
“I do. Everybody counts or nobody counts—isn’t that what you told me once?”
“I also learned much more from this man, who became a friend. I learned perseverance. I learned compassion. I learned what it is to make do with the cards you are dealt. I saw firsthand the resilience of the human spirit. Orlando never asked, ‘Why me?’ He just asked, ‘What’s next?’
the girl’s parents carried out two cultural traditions, the mother presenting her daughter with the “last doll,” symbolizing the end of childhood, and the father changing her shoes from flat sandals to high heels, symbolizing the beginning of womanhood.
It's a hot door and we have to be careful. You never open a door on a burning room.
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