After a Slow Start, Bosch Races to the Conclusion
Retirement is getting closer to Harry Bosch, who is working LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, dealing with cold cases. Lest the reader think Harry may run out of work, we are assured that there are 10,000 unsolved murders on the books.
Harry has a new partner, Lucia Soto, a 28 year-old Mexican-American who jumped into the limelight following a shoot-out at a liquor store. With no real experience, Soto is moved to Open-Unsolved and is paired with the ?old silverback.?
This case in unique; the shooting took place 10 years ago, but the victim (Orlando Merced) has just died. With that death, the bullet can be extracted and analyzed ? which gives Bosch and Soto new leads.
?The Burning Room? refers to a decades-old fire in an apartment which killed several children and an adult. I thought the way Bosch connects Orlando's shooting to the apartment fire to be a bit far-fetched, but otherwise, the story was pure Michael Connelly.
There's some sadness as Bosch sees himself as a relic from the past versus Soto's easy use of the latest technologies. My favorite part was Bosch's interaction with his daughter when she gets a rare date. We find that Harry makes his daughter tell any intended date that her father is a detective with LAPD and has a gun. What a hoot!
The early part of the story is slow; then ?momentum? takes over and the story races to its conclusion.