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The Burning Room
Harry Bosch Series #19
Michael Connelly
Read by Titus Welliver

Hachette Audio
11/3/2014 / ISBN 9781619694262
Detective / Suspense / Audiobook - CD / Unabridged

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks


Detective Harry Bosch is back and working a cold case with new rookie Detective Lucia Soto. He is now assigned to the Open Unsolved Unit because homicides in Los Angeles are actually down. (Hmm…) In his first case, a Mariachi guitarist shot twenty years ago recently died, and it’s the bullet lodged near his spine that holds the key to the shooter. Bosch is determined to find the gun used in the crime, he calls in favors from work associates and searches deep for even the slightest hint of a clue. The two take road trips both locally and further out; at one point they travel to Tulsa Oklahoma in search of a fellow band member of the victim, but the chief draws the line at taking a flight to Acapulco. The drive-by shooting case leads them to an apartment fire, hence the title The Burning Room. It’s a sad case that I’ll leave for readers/listeners to discover on their own. Eventually, the bullet and the gun lead Bosch down a deadly road of danger and betrayal, and it’s a stunning end for a tired detective.

Bosch does seem tired in this storyline or maybe it seems that way because he’s teamed with a young, energetic detective. Soto seems to out run him on this case; she shows up at work even earlier than Bosch, interrupts interviews to ask her own questions, and at times refuses to stand down, even when Bosch commands it. Bosch hasn’t lost his skill of crime-solving. He may not be as energetic as Soto, but he can still sort the clues and outsmart the bad guys. When it comes to Bosch’s private life, he’s a man who keeps his secrets, especially when it comes to women. He continues to put his daughter first, and now she wants to be a cop. He shares this with Soto, which shows us he may trust her after all. The story ends with a cliff hanger which will have his fans wondering if Bosch will be back or if Soto will be the lead character in Connelly’s next book. Nah, Bosch is too good to leave behind. He’ll be back.

Titus Welliver narrates the audio version. He is Bosch. I recommend you find a place to rest or a chore that doesn’t need your full attention because once you hit play Weliver and Connelly will take you far, far away. This is a case you won’t soon forget. I promise.

Reviews of other titles in this series

The Last Coyote, Trunk Music,
Angels Flight, # 4, 5, 6
(Harry Bosch Vol 2)


A Darkness More Than Night, # 7 [book]  [audio]
City of Bones, # 8 [book]
Lost Light, # 9 [book]  [audio]
The Narrows, # 10 [book]  [audio]
The Closers, # 11   [book]  [audio]
Echo Park, # 12   [book] [audio]
The Overlook, # 13   [book] [audio]
The Brass Verdict, # 14
[audio ]
9 Dragons, # 15 
The Reversal, # 16
[book] [audio]
The Drop, # 17 [book]
Murder and all That Jazz
-Bosch Short Story


The Black Box # 18 [audio]
Angle of Investigation [audio]
The Burning Room # 19 [book 1] [book 2] [audio]
The Crossing
Bosch #20/Haller #6
The Wrong Side of Goodbye [audio]


Reviewed 2015