Detective Harry Bosch must track down someone who may never have existed in the new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly. Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from thirty years with the LAPD speak for themselves. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire is nearing the end of his life and is haunted by one regret. When he was young, he had a relationship with a Mexican girl, his great love. But soon after becoming pregnant, she disappeared. Did she have the baby? And if so, what happened to it? Desperate to know whether he has an heir, the dying magnate hires Bosch, the only person he can trust. With such a vast fortune at stake, Harry realizes that his mission could be risky not only for himself but for the one he's seeking. But as he begins to uncover the haunting story--and finds uncanny links to his own past--he knows he cannot rest until he finds the truth. At the same time, unable to leave cop work behind completely, he volunteers as an investigator for a tiny cash-strapped police department and finds himself tracking a serial rapist who is one of the most baffling and dangerous foes he has ever faced. Swift, unpredictable, and thrilling, The Wrong Side of Goodbye shows that Michael Connelly "continues to amaze with his consistent skill and sizzle" (Cleveland Plain Dealer).
When you read a series that has been running as long as this one, it’s inevitable you’ll enjoy some more than others. This one is a keeper.
Harry Bosch is “retired”. After being shoved out of the LAPD, he got a P.I. license & also volunteers at the tiny, cash strapped San Fernando police department. Now he has 2 cases that prevent him from checking up on daughter Maddy as much as he’d like.
Whitney Vance is an elderly billionaire whose days are numbered. When he was 18, he fell in love with a Mexican girl who became pregnant. His elitist father kiboshed the relationship & he never saw her again. As he nears the end of his life with no family, Vance begins to wonder what became of the young woman & if he might have an heir. What he needs is a good P.I.
In San Fernando, Harry & his colleagues have been searching for a serial rapist. His crimes are unspeakable & there’s no doubt he will strike again . Despite some friction with his captain, Harry gives in to his tendency to colour outside the lines as he races to identify their man. But then another woman is snatched & this time it’s personal.
I could blather on (and probably will). What you need to know is this is a great read. My ultimate compliment? I read it in a day, growling at anyone who invaded my space. Connelly is a master of pacing & I found myself chanting “just one more page, just one more page” until I hit the back cover. The dialogue is lean & characters so well developed that you feel as if you’re in the room with them as events unfold. Both story lines are compelling with more than a few twists to keep you on your toes. But it’s Harry’s search for Vance’s heir that packs an emotional punch. It resonates with Harry for personal reasons & reminds us all of the prejudices that were common in the 1950’s. And when the meaning of the title is revealed, it’s an especially poignant moment.
Enough. Just get it & prepare to do some growling of your own.
Bosch is hired in great secrecy by a billionaire to find if he has an heir from a liaison many decades before. The stakes are enormous, especially after Bosch gets a holographic will in the mail shortly after the man’s death that names him executor and charges him with continuing his search for the heir. He, of course, calls in Haller and together they pursue the heir.A congruent investigation involves a serial rapist that’s also a good story showing off Bosch’s investigative talents.
One of Connelly’s best.
TV series is a disappointment. It needs better casting for the lead character: Harry Bosch.
Bosch is now working part-time (and uncompensated) as an investigator for the tiny San Fernando Police Department. He is working his way through the department’s cold case files and is currently focused on solving the Screen Cutter rapes. As he gets close to solving the case, one of his coworkers disappears. Meanwhile, Harry has also been hired by a wealthy tycoon to determine if the old man has any heirs. Due to his wealth, there are a number of people who don’t want any potential heirs located. Between the two cases, Bosch has his hands full.
Michael Connelly writes a fabulous mystery time and time again. One of my favorite parts of his stories is that he includes a number of interesting stories about the L.A. area and the other locales Harry visits. This time around a portion of the story takes place in Vietnam, and Connelly includes the show performed there in December 1969 by Bob Hope, Connie Stevens, Neil Armstrong, and a jazz saxophonist named Quentin McKinzie. I was not familiar with the details regarding this event and truly enjoyed learning about it. I also loved the way he incorporated Harry into a subsequent portion of that story. I was fascinated too to learn that tip lines create more work for police officers frequently because so many people call in trying to settle scores or payback an enemy. Who would do that?!
I highly, highly recommend this book and the entire series. Anyone who reads this book is in for a wonderful treat.
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With a vast fortune at stake, Harry sets out on his mission, one that he will pursue until he finds the truth.
While conducting his investigation, Harry is also working gratis for a small police department where he finds himself tracking a serial rapist, one of the most dangerous foes he’s ever faced.
With its unexpected twists and turns and a thrilling plot that twist and turns as it creates a tension-filled tale, this is a story readers won’t be able to set aside until the final unexpected reveal.
Picking up a Harry Bosch book is always like coming home again, and this one was no exception. Bosch is a well-loved, nuanced, and wonderful character. He is complex and well-written, and I will forever be saddened when Connelly stops writing about him, or Bosch decides to stop investigating crime. I sincerely love him dearly. This novel is Bosch and Connelly at their best: a well-plotted mystery novel backed by Bosch's backstory and ruminating. Bosch is amusing, stubborn, and familiar, and he's also wonderful at his job.
Connelly does an excellent job of telling the tale with Bosch's two disparate cases (Vance and the Screen Cutter rapist); neither seem to overshadow the other, and you don't get confused with both threads going on simultaneously. Both are interesting cases, and Bosch is torn finding time to devote to each, much as the reader is. The story features appearances from Bosch's daughter and Mickey Haller (Bosch's half-brother, and a key character in the Lincoln Lawyer series), which is always fun, too. I was very intrigued by both of Bosch's cases, and Connelly kept me guessing until the end. I find it amazing that he's managed to keep Bosch so relevant and in the game all this time, but I suppose that's a testament to Bosch's skill (and Connelly's).
Overall, this isn't some amazing beyond words mystery, but it's just so well-done, with its dual cases, and features such a wonderful character, that I really loved it. If you haven't read any of Connelly's books, I highly recommend them. I started at the beginning with the Bosch series and certainly didn't regret it. But you could always start with this one, too. 4.5 stars
Detective Hieronymus Bosch is back. After being forced to resign from the LAPD and winning a lawsuit against them, he's working as a PI and volunteering his time to a detective squad in a neighboring town. He comes up against interesting cases in both lines of work: a dying billionaire hires him to find out if he ever had any heirs, while he searches for a serial-rapist targeting Latinas.
As usual the action works well, as we look over Harry's shoulder to observe his thought processes. But the diversion into his personal life, as he makes frequent phone calls to meet up with his college-age daughter for a meal, are quite irritating. The don't advance the story at all, and who cares anyway? Still, if you're a fan of the Bosch novels or TV series, this one's for you.
Harry has been asked to find a missing heiress by aviation billionaire Whitney Vance. This job will involve him revisiting his past war history as he searches out Vibiana Duarte who became pregnant after a short relationship with Vance and subsequently deserted by him. Before he dies he wants to put things right. Is she still alive? If not where is the child? In addition he is working with the San Fernando police department trying to find the sexual rapist known as the Screen Cutter. Amidst all this drama he still has almost daily contact with his daughter Maddie, now a student, but very close to her ever worried and fearful dad. During the two investigations a mistake by Harry results in a dramatic and almost tragic situation with an unusual outcome.
As always the writing is tight, the characters believable and well-drawn, with an excellent story, never over complicated, always enjoyable. There is certainly much life left in a maturing Harry Bosch and I look forward to his return in what will be his 24th outing.
Good police work, and while this is not a stunner, the cases not terribly flashy, Bosch with the occasional help from his brother from another mother, Heller, keeps the story moving. Just a solid, well thought out entry in the Bosch cannon. I always look forward to a new one in this series and I was not disappointed. Another long running series that manages to maintain my interest.
ARC from publisher.
The plots are OK- both are believable and handled as expected with Bosch's combination of smarts and hard-headedness. I particularly liked the resolution of the rape case and the description of the thought processes running through the mind of a great detective as events are unfolding at jet speed. I felt he telegraphed the conclusion of the 'missing heir' case, but it was still a nice twist.
Overall, the writing was very bland and uninteresting, the dialogue ranged from OK to wooden, and there was little character development throughout. The stories were OK, so all-in-all a decent reading experience.
I wondered where Connelly was going to take Harry once he left the LAPD. But once a cop, always a cop. Harry has joined the small San Fernando PD as a reserve officer. He's been working the case of The Screencutter, a serial rapist working in the area. Harry is also a private investigator now and is called to the home of a reclusive billionaire. At death's doorway, the man wants to know if he has any blood heirs. But there are those just as determined to see that none are found.
Connelly has come up with two great cases, both intriguing and well plotted. We meet a whole new set of characters in the new police department. I would definitely like to see more of this group and this setting. Mickey Haller (The Lincoln Lawyer) makes an appearance as well. I quite enjoy the two characters appearing in each other's cases.
This is the 21st entry, but this series has never lost it's momentum or freshness. Skillful storytelling, great characters, inventive plotting, excellent detective work and so entertaining.
The Wrong Side of Goodbye was a fantastic listen. Narrator Titus Welliver has become the voice of Bosch for me - gruff, growly, tough. His interpretation of the character absolutely matches my mental image. And he also stars in the television series Bosch.
Detective Bosch returns in this novel to try and locate a serial rapist before he has an opportunity to stage another attack that will injure and traumatize a new victim. He is working for the police department, pro bono, for the chance to get back into detective work. His past battles with the force have followed him and made him a pariah with some who choose to ignore his previous successes in solving crimes and murder investigations in favor of holding a grudge against him for objecting to his wrongful termination and consequent suing of the police department, a suit in which he ultimately emerged the victor.
At the same time, he has been hired as a private investigator, by a terminally ill man of enormous wealth, to discover if he has an unknown heir to his fortune. Against policy, in his private pursuits, he uses the police computers, databases and resources to glean information not available to the general public. When in the one case, a murder is committed, and in the other, a police officer is kidnapped,, the action begins in earnest.
I don’t think this is the author’s best work because most of it was quite predictable. Still , what surprises there were, especially at the end, held my interest. The author presented the novel with a bit of a liberal point of view with characters voicing opinions on our legal system, illegal immigrants, greed and alternate lifestyles throughout the story, as well as giving a nod to the “right” in scenes which promoted life rather than abortion.
The narrator tended to drone a bit, which often made me lose my train of thought. I think he needed to exert a bit more emotion into his reading. That said, his presentation was ungarbled, staightforward and easy to understand.
Harry is retired, but active doing some private eye work and acting as a non-paid volunteer cop for San Fernando, a small community completely surrounded by LA. He is hired by a very wealthy, very old industrial giant to determine if there is a possibility of an only heir, a child which the old man fathered in Viet Nam days. Meanwhile, Harry is also engaged in trying to apprehend an unknown serial rapist who has attacked at least four women over the past few years.
There was a lot I enjoyed very much about this book. The pace was brisk and constant, but never frenetic, so it seemed to be a quick read though it was 388 pages - there were no lulls, and I always looked forward to picking it up again. It was very today, feeling like it was written within the past few days (it's Feb 2017 as I write this); even the dedication to Vin Scully was today's "news". Yet it also had some very well done ties back to the Viet Nam era, without being one of those overdone things that spends too much time in flashbacks - this was just right. Very LA, lot of good local history that was interesting even to me, an East Coast guy. I had never read a Connelly with Mickey Haller, the half bro, and I was surprised to find that I liked him as much as I did. Two good storylines, they interwove very well. Lots of tension at appropriate times, but not saturated with blood and guts, though there's a minimal bit of violence.
I was not crazy about how the heir story ended. I thought it was a bit anti-climactic. I would have done it differently, but how can you argue with a guy who has sold a billion books. But nevertheless, I dinged a half star for that. Yet I recommend this highly, I will read the next Bosch, and I might even go back and read a Haller.....
I bought and read the hardbound version of this novel. Amazon's pricing at the time of my purchase - and remember, this book is still "new" at this time, a current best seller and not an overstock - was higher for the Kindle version than the Hardbound. Outrageous! I will no longer buy ebooks over $9.99 The publisher (and price setter per Amazon) is Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
This latest novel from Michael Connelly in the PI Harry Bosch crime fiction series is definitely a winner. It's a thriller that held my attention throughout. It's carefully plotted, the characters are well-developed, and you'll even find out a bit about Harry's time in Vietnam.
Harry is involved in two investigations: (1) find an heir for an aging billionaire, and (2) clear up a cold case involving a serial rapist. There are plenty of twists and turns as Harry uses his skills, intelligence, and instincts to solve these cases.
I like that Connelly sets the scenes with Los Angeles and its suburbs so vividly. I always enjoy reading novels set in an area I have visited or lived near and can recognize street names, highways, and other landmarks.
It's a good thing I forgot my earlier doubts as I found “The Wrong Side of Goodbye” to be thoroughly enjoyable.
In this book Bosch is retired and investigating cold cases as a volunteer for the small San Fernando California police department. His present case is a series of rapes by the “screen slasher,” so called because of the rapist’s practice of cutting through the screen covering a window to enter the victim’s home.
Bosch also has a small practice as a private investigator and in that capacity is hired by a multi-billionaire to determine whether he has fathered any children. The billionaire had an affair as a young man but parental pressure forced him to break off the relationship. Now as he is nearing the end of his life the billionaire wants to know if he has any living progeny.
As in "Burning Room," "Wrong Side" is thoroughly enjoyable. The story captured my interest almost immediately and maintained my interest throughout and this time it looks like Harry will get to keep his job.