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  • Series: A Harry Bosch Novel
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Edition edition (November 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316225932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316225939
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5,097 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The pleasures of a Connelly tome are many: complex, Easter-egg-strewn plots, terrific minor characters, L.A.'s gritty underbelly. These aren't mysteries you'll forget. They'll stay with you, even haunt you."—Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly

"You know Harry already. You know what to expect from the storyteller Michael Connelly. Both of them deliver superbly."—Don Oldenburg, USA Today (3.5 out of 4 stars)

"As always, Connelly pulls off a fast-paced, well-drawn police procedural. . . . Consistently entertaining . . . The Burning Room will more than satisfy his fans. . . . Bosch may be up for retirement soon, but I doubt anyone would complain if he did his thing for another 20 years."—Steph Cha, Los Angeles Times

"Connelly has the magic touch. . . . Connelly is one of the best crime writers in the business, and he continues to tell compelling character-driven tales."—Jeff Ayers, Associated Press

"A doozy of a tale . . . As long as Harry always remains patrolling on the margins of this series, its greatness is secure."—Maureen Corrigan, Washington Post

"Typically excellent"—Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal

"A searing success . . . The Burning Room is a terrifically satisfying trip."—Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times

"[Connelly is] a master at construction."—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

"Superb . . . Bosch shows himself once again to be the master and if he follows through on the retirement, his absence would leave an irreplaceable gap in crime fiction."—Jack Batten, Toronto Star

"The Burning Room offers a nuanced, nicely-honed performance from Connelly."—Daneet Steffens, Boston Globe

"Michael Connelly has yet another winner. . . . Let's hope [Bosch] sticks around for one more book."—Harry Levins, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Excellent . . . The Burning Room excels as a look at how power, prestige and the media can override the best intentions."—Oline Cogdill, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

About the Author

Michael Connelly is the author of twenty-six previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Gods of Guilt and The Black Box. His books, which include the bestselling Harry Bosch series and Lincoln Lawyer series, have sold more than fifty-eight million copies worldwide. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels and is the executive producer of the forthcoming series Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. He spends his time in California and Florida.

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241 of 257 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch, Michael Connelly's iconic character, is in the twilight of his career as an L. A. homicide detective. In "The Burning Room," Harry is partnered with twenty-eight year old Mexican-American Lucia Soto. Harry becomes Lucy's mentor, sharing his wide-ranging knowledge of procedure (some of it not exactly by-the-book) with his eager protégé. Harry's latest case in the Open-Unsolved Unit involves Orlando Merced, who was shot ten years earlier by an unidentified shooter. Merced survived for a decade in a wheelchair, with a bullet lodged in his spine. Merced recently died and Harry wants the bullet; it may help them find the perpetrator.

Harry and Lucy make a solid team. They are both committed to getting the job done, even if it means pulling all-nighters, being less than candid with their superiors, and upsetting high-profile individuals. What they learn is explosive. As they follow the leads that emerge, Harry and Lucy suspect that what appeared to be a random act might have been deliberate. Making matters more complex is the possible connection between the assault on Merced, an arson fire, and two robberies. If these felonies turn out to be related, what is the link?

Connelly keeps his foot on the pedal throughout this fast-moving and engrossing police procedural. The interplay between Bosch and Soto is amusing and instructive. Harry is all business and Soto matches his dedication. She comes to work early, leaves late, and both doggedly pursue every piece of evidence, no matter how flimsy it may seem. The beautifully constructed plot involves political corruption, greed, lust, and vengeance.
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98 of 112 people found the following review helpful By T. W. Wheat on November 8, 2014
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My wife always asks why it takes me so long to read a Michael Connelly book. The author paints beautiful pictures of each scene and I like to pause, close my eyes, and become part of it. His ability to get this reader into one of his works is the about best I know. I read The Burning Room in record time. It was easy to put the book down and return when I had little else to do. In the past, Mr. Connelly, through his character Harry Bosch, has taken me to familiar and unfamiliar places with visual ease. Harry used to be exciting whether it was suspenseful police work, romance, or caring for his daughter. There was no suspense unless one counts whether Harry will ever be back as cliffhanging, No romance, except a few memories of times past and Harry's daughter seems more like a boarder and adds nothing to the story. Harry, as does the author, seem to just be going through the motions. I feel sad in writing this review. I really hope Mr. Connelly gets back into his characters and regains the ability to put me back into the story. I want to wait with excitement for his next book. Maybe he feels the scenes will be better painted in his upcoming TV series. I, for one, don't think so. Sorry Michael and Harry. You used to be a couple of my best friends.
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103 of 119 people found the following review helpful By LG on November 21, 2014
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I was very disappointed in this book. Where was the angst that gives Harry so much depth? Where was the ethical dilemma, the moral struggle, the burning drive? Where was the poetry? The plot was so-so: two cases going on at once, but I had a hard time caring about either. Nothing moved me, and Harry has always moved me. The scene where Harry is looking out at "The Last Coyote" is still with me. I still remember feeling Harry's pain when Eleanor was killed. I don't think anything from this one will stay. I so hope that Mr. Connelly is not falling into the trap some popular authors fall into, pressure to publish constantly, because quality is usually sacrificed when quantity becomes the goal. We all love Harry because he is not just another detective story. And that's all this book was.
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157 of 184 people found the following review helpful By B. Jacobsen on November 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I've read most of the series, and with these latter ones, they almost feel like a draft. This one started with an interesting premise, but, perhaps to lengthen the book, adds a second case unrelated to the first, which feels like 2/3 of a short story has been added to the book.

I think Connelly has also run out of ideas about how to develop the Bosch character -- a possible romance gets mentioned in passing; Harry even mentions the casualty count amongst his former partners (to tell us every form of harm has happened to them?); and it feels like we've now had every "flavor" of partner for Harry, with this one now being the young, enthusiastic pup.

Other things that to me make the book feel hastily written:

The same fact is sometimes mentioned twice, a few pages after the first time (usually the justification of a police procedure or Harry decision).

The word "momentum" -- if I had the kindle version, I'd search for it -- it must have appeared 50 times in the first 5 chapters. Harry just has to have "momentum" continuing in cold cases.

Harry and his partner repeatedly drive to people's homes, and lo! almost every time, the person just happens to be there! A miracle!

And I don't know if this is a sign of a rapid draft or no: Am I the only person tired of detailed descriptions of LA routes and the accompanying traffic? I don't really care if Harry takes the 110 or.... And I even lived in LA for a while. I'm also tired of how many detectives have a passion for jazz....

The major characters: his daughter, his partner, his perhaps romance, his ex-romance, everyone is just "nice." There is just one designated "bad guy" in the police hierarchy (and of course the crooks).
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Michael Connelly was born in Philadelphia, PA on July 21, 1956. He moved to Florida with his family when he was 12 years old. Michael decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing -- a curriculum in which one of his teachers was novelist Harry Crews.

After graduating in 1980, Connelly worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, primarily specializing in the crime beat. In Fort Lauderdale he wrote about police and crime during the height of the murder and violence wave that rolled over South Florida during the so-called cocaine wars. In 1986, he and two other reporters spent several months interviewing survivors of a major airline crash. They wrote a magazine story on the crash and the survivors which was later short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. The magazine story also moved Connelly into the upper levels of journalism, landing him a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, one of the largest papers in the country, and bringing him to the city of which his literary hero, Chandler, had written.

After three years on the crime beat in L.A., Connelly began writing his first novel to feature LAPD Detective Hieronymus Bosch. The novel, The Black Echo, based in part on a true crime that had occurred in Los Angeles, was published in 1992 and won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America. Connelly followed up with three more Bosch books, The Black Ice, The Concrete Blonde, and The Last Coyote, before publishing The Poet in 1996--a thriller with a newspaper reporter as a protagonist. In 1997, he went back to Bosch with Trunk Music, and in 1998 another non-series thriller, Blood Work, was published. It was inspired in part by a friend's receiving a heart transplant and the attendant "survivor's guilt" the friend experienced, knowing that someone died in order that he have the chance to live. Connelly had been interested and fascinated by those same feelings as expressed by the survivors of the plane crash he wrote about years before. The movie adaptation of Blood Work was released in 2002, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood.

Connelly's next book, Angels Flight, was released in 1999 and was another entry in the Harry Bosch series. The non-series novel Void Moon was released in 2000 and introduced a new character, Cassie Black, a high-stakes Las Vegas thief. His 2001 release, A Darkness More Than Night, united Harry Bosch with Terry McCaleb from Blood Work, and was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Los Angeles Times.

In 2002, Connelly released two novels. The first, the Harry Bosch book City Of Bones, was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times. The second release was a stand-alone thriller, Chasing The Dime, which was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Los Angeles Times.

Lost Light was published in 2003 and named one of the Best Books of 2003 by the Los Angeles Times. It is another in the Harry Bosch series but the first written in first person.
Connelly's 2004 novel, The Narrows, is the sequel to The Poet. It was named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Los Angeles Times. His 11th Harry Bosch novel, The Closers, was published in 2005, and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The Lincoln Lawyer, Connelly's first-ever legal thriller and his 16th novel, was published in 2005 and also debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. This book introduced Mickey Haller, a Los Angeles defense attorney who works out of the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car. The movie adaptation, starring Matthew McConaughey as Haller, was released in 2011. This is the second film adapted from a Connelly novel.

Crime Beat, a non-fiction collection of crime stories from Michael's days as a journalist, was released in 2006, as was the Harry Bosch novel, Echo Park. The Overlook, Michael's 18th novel, was originally serialized in the New York Times Magazine. This Harry Bosch story was published as a book with additional material in 2007.

Michael's 19th novel, The Brass Verdict, was released in 2008, and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It introduces Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller to LAPD Detective Harry Bosch in a fast-paced legal thriller. Michael's 20th novel, The Scarecrow, was released in 2009, and reunites reporter Jack McEvoy and FBI Agent Rachel Walling for the first time since The Poet. It too debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Michael released a second book in 2009, the 15th Harry Bosch novel, Nine Dragons. In this story, Bosch goes to Hong Kong to find his missing daughter.

In 2010, The Reversal was released and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. This book has Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch working together on the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. The Fifth Witness, a Mickey Haller novel, was released in 2011 and also debuted at #1. Michael's 2011 novel, The Drop, a Harry Bosch novel, debuted at #1. Another #1 ranked book, The Black Box, focuses on Harry Bosch once again and is Michael's 25th novel. Its release came in Michael's 20th year in publishing, 2012. The Gods of Guilt , a Mickey Haller novel, was released in 2013, and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The Burning Room, a Harry Bosch novel, was released in 2014 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Fifty-eight million copies of Connelly's books have sold worldwide and he has been translated into thirty-nine foreign languages. He has won the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Macavity Award, Los Angeles Times Best Mystery/Thriller Award, Shamus Award, Dilys Award, Nero Award, Barry Award, Audie Award, Ridley Award, Maltese Falcon Award (Japan), .38 Caliber Award (France), Grand Prix Award (France), Premio Bancarella Award (Italy), and the Pepe Carvalho award (Spain) .

In addition to his literary work, Michael is one of the producers and writers of the TV show, "Bosch," which is streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video now. All 10 episodes can be watched here:

Michael lives with his family in Florida.

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