Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Wot I'm reading: Harry Bosch warms up a cold case

Michael Connelly: THE BURNING ROOM

The victim of a Los Angeles shooting dies nine years after a seemingly random bullet put him in a wheelchair. The bullet recovered from his body re-opens an unsolved case which is given to LAPD's finest investigator, Detective Harry Bosch, and his rookie new partner, a Latina known as 'Lucky Lucy'. They quickly find a link to two other cold cases, a bank robbery and an arson attack that killed five children and their play-school supervisor. The trail leads Lucy and Harry to some surprising locations, including the office of a former mayor and a convent in Mexico.

With thirty-plus titles to his credit Michael Connelly continues to serve up books that are tightly plotted and perfectly paced. He writes dialogue that reads like real people talking, not like people feeding the reader facts and stats. Harry, who lives with his teenage daughter, is now only a year from enforced retirement; listening to jazz one night, he nurses the hope that "there was still a chance for him, that he could still find whatever it was he was looking for, no matter how short his time was."

I'm sure I'm not alone in hoping that his time is far from short, that Mr Connelly can find a way to extend Bosch's service to the city and to his worldwide readership. Both the author and his creation are still at the top of their game.

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