Mystery tales often involve a secret that has been buried for many years and then someone starts digging for information with the end result that new victims start popping up. Should some secrets stay buried?
That’s the question that arises in The Burning Room, the latest Harry Bosch tale (#19 in the series) by Michael Connelly that will be published on November 3rd. Harry Bosch was first introduced in 1992 in the book The Black Echo, which won the Edgar Award for best first novel. Harry is a veteran homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. Michael Connelly worked as a crime reporter for several years, first in Florida and then in LA so he knows what he writes.
In The Burning Room, Harry has a new partner, Detective Lucia Soto who is brand new to the homicide department and has no homicide experience. They’ve been asked to investigate the death of a victim who had recently died from a gunshot wound that was inflicted 10 years previously. As they dig into this case other evidence leads to an incident 20 years earlier where several children were killed in a fire. As their investigation begins to threaten careers and lives, Harry and Detective Soto have to decide whether it’s best to leave some secrets uncovered.
Harry was called “one of the most popular and enduring figures in American crime fiction” by the Chicago Tribune. He seems to be always in conflict with authority yet is able to solve the many mysteries that come his way. There is usually a romantic interest in each of his books but they don’t last long. Two fascinating aspects of this character that Michael Connelly created is that Harry Bosch has made cameo appearances in books by other authors: Strange Bedfellows (2006) by Paula Woods, Cons, Scams & Grifts (2009)by Joe Gores and The Last Detective (2004) by Robert Crais. Harry is also the fictional half-brother of Mickey Haller (The Lincoln Lawyer), another series by Michael Connelly and has appeared in additional Mickey Haller tales: The Brass Verdict and The Reversal.
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– Carol W.