The Burning Room

The Burning Room

A Novel

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455524181
9780316225939
Branch Call Number: F CON NVD
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 24 cm

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cambridgedon
Sep 21, 2018

All the hallmarks of a solid Connelly story - tough lead character, solid plot, effective pacing, entertaining narrative, and driving motivation to see chase through to the end. What's not to like?

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wildct2003
May 23, 2018

One of the better Bosch stories.

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Liselara
Jan 29, 2018

After I read about 50 pages, I thought, "okay, here we go again, bunch of crooked politicians or cops or whatever...". I found this to be a real snooze. His new partner, Lucy, was more interesting than Harry but predictably, she took second place. It would have been fun if the story was told from her point of view; she's young, relatively new to the police force and partnered with tired old Harry who is just waiting to retire. Plus, she had a stake in the investigation. But I don't think Connelly is talented enough to bring alive a young woman character that is believable and strong enough to carry a novel.

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stanb44
Jan 19, 2018

A disappointment for me. Didn't care for the story or the main characters. In retrospect, spent way more time than I should have on it. After one of the police officers shot a suspect in the back and her partner said it was a good kill, I gave up, didn't care how it ended.

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reeread
Oct 17, 2017

A sense of the passing of the baton from the experienced old hand to the young, talented and ambitious new kid on the block.

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timettial1
Oct 05, 2017

This was one of my best liked in the series. Lots of good twists.

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linto94
Feb 22, 2017

Did not find this book as interesting as others. Rather boring and too much detail

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Dave99_0
Dec 21, 2016

I find the premise that Harry Bosch is a workaholic to be unrealistic. Michael Connelly's character lives in sunny Southern California. Don't you think that his character has something better to do during his offhours?

But the plot flows. I would rate "The Burning Room" at 4.0 stars.

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StarGladiator
Sep 24, 2016

Not my favorite MC Bosch novel, but still quite good, and I agree with the commenter, amukhrj, below about the ending.
I have a love/hate relationship with this series: MC's books are too realistic as far as real organizations [police, military, et cetera] go, but still enjoyable!

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amukhrj
Jan 21, 2016

It was a very interesting read. However, it felt like the writer was lost interest in the end and wanted to the end the novel very quickly. A lot of stuff happens in this book. Has a lot of details. The ending was haphazard a little.
Good read nonetheless.

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jimg2000
Jan 06, 2015

“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
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“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.
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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.

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jimg2000
Jan 06, 2015

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.
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“I do. Everybody counts or nobody counts—isn’t that what you told me once?”
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“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?’
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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.

debwalker Nov 10, 2014

It's a hot door and we have to be careful. You never open a door on a burning room.

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winstonbarker
Apr 09, 2015

Bosch and female partner Soto solve old mystery when victim dies and bullet finally retrieved from his spine. The usually deftness of writing and plot development by Connelly.

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