The Burning Room by Michael Connelly
It has been several years since I've read a Harry Bosch novel, and I'm not sure why because I've always enjoyed them. The Burning Room did not disappoint.
Detective Harry Bosch is with the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit now and nearing retirement. When a man who was shot nine years earlier dies from complications of the bullet that lodged in his spine, the case is determined a homicide.
Harry and his partner Lucia Soto, a rookie detective are assigned to the case. The shooter was never caught, but the case was sensational for several reasons, and although the victim survived for years, the Open-Unsolved case in now considered an open homicide investigation. Harry and Lucia are faced with a case that is nearly ten years old and that continues to be of high media interest.
Harry and Lucy do their best with the twists and turns that develop in their investigation, but they also, in their spare time, work on another cold case, a fire that resulted in the death of several children at a daycare facility. Lucy is one of the survivors of that fire, and she is determined to see if she can find the culprit responsible for the deaths of her friends.
Two cold cases keep the book moving. Two great characters keep the reader emotionally involved. Connelly remains at the top of his game.
read in Nov.
NetGalley/Little, Brown, and Co.
Police Procedural/Mystery. Nov. 3, 2014. Print length: 401 pages.
The Night Ferry by Michael Robotham
I read my first book by Michael Robotham as a NetGalley selection this year, and I was suitably impressed! When NetGalley generously offered Suspect and Lost, the first two in the series, I was all over them.
Robotham has a unique method in his series that features the psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and/or D.I. Vincent Ruiz. Both characters may appear or only one, but in most cases, neither will be main protagonist. There is always another character, the character whose story the novel presents.
In The Night Ferry, the third in the series, the story belongs to Alisha Barber, a detective with the Metropolitan London Police. D.I. Ruiz has a small role and is the link that continues to connect the novels in the series, but Ali is the protagonist.
Ali receives a note from her best friend Cate, from whom she has been estranged for a number of years. The note says that Cate is in trouble and that she wants Ali to come to their high school reunion. At the reunion, Cate tells Ali that she needs her help, but the two are interrupted, and Ali is not able to get the details. Before Ali can talk to Cate alone, Cate and her husband are hit by a car--the husband is killed and Cate never regains consciousness.
The plot involves illegal immigrants, human trafficking, forced pregnancies, and illegal adoptions. Ali is an intriguing character: a modern Sikh with a relatively conservative family, a dedicated friend, a dogged detective, and often, too impetuous.
Not without its flaws, I nevertheless was immersed in The Night Ferry from beginning to end. I did find the conclusion a bit too ambiguous, but it was a great ride.
Crime/Mystery. 2007. 384 pages.