Saturday, December 27, 2014

Best of 2014 – Mystery Fiction

One of the many items [old and new] enjoyed by Burbank Public Library staff during 2014, recommended for your consideration:

The Burning Room, by Michael Connelly

I was struggling with what fiction book I would select for a Best of 2014 selection. That struggle ended when over Thanksgiving weekend I read Michael Connelly’s newest entry in the Harry Bosch series, The Burning Room.

Harry finds himself entering his last year of his DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Plan) contract that brought him back into the LAPD and to the Cold Case division. When the victim, a Mariachi musician, succumbs to the effects of a decade-old shooting, his death is deemed a murder, so Harry and his new partner, Detective Lucia Soto, take a look at the shooting. The Burning Room also brings up a very personal case for Soto, and that resonates with Harry and his long held belief that “everyone counts or no one counts.”

Toss in a lot of "high jingo" complications to Bosch’s detective work--LAPD brass, an ambitious politician who steals Harry’s motto for his campaign, and a new experience for Harry Bosch as mentor and trainer--and Michael Connelly once again proves why he is just about the best crime fiction writer around and his Harry Bosch series one for all mystery readers to love.

The indications are that Bosch may not have too many cases left before mandatory retirement, but until that happens, let us all enjoy The Burning Room!

Chosen by David P., Technical Services Supervisor

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