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The Burning Room by Michael Connelly

imageI would like to read The Burning Room by Michael Connelly, The nineteenth novel to feature Harry Bosch. This time Bosch and his rookie partner Lucia Soto are assigned the case of Orlando Merced, a mariachi performer who was shot in a crowded Los Angeles square and paralysed from the waist down. The shooter was never found, and Merced survived for ten years before dying from complications from his wounds. When the bullet is finally removed from his body, Bosch establishes that Merced was shot with a hunting rifle, and that the crime was not a random act of gang violence as originally suspected, but a targeted hit. This new evidence leads Bosch to one of the city’s most powerful businessmen and a controversial former mayor with aspirations of becoming Governor.

Meanwhile, Bosch notices strange behavior from Soto and begins to suspect that she has gang affiliations and has infiltrated the LAPD. After catching her carrying out an off-the-books investigation, she reveals that she is a survivor of a notorious apartment fire that killed nine children, but remained unsolved after a key suspect disappeared without trace. Bosch fabricates a connection to the Merced case to protect Soto, and the two investigate the fire parallel to the Merced case. The trail leads them to a series of robberies across Greater Los Angeles that the FBI believe were used to fund a white supremacist militia group,

Bosch is also worried that his retirement is imminent and so he makes it his mission to train Soto to take over in the Open-Unsolved Unit. However, when he is caught breaking into the Robbery Homicide Division offices as part of the Merced investigation he is placed on indefinite suspension…

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