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The Wrong Side of Goodbye (A Harry Bosch Novel) (original 2016; edition 2016)

by Michael Connelly (Author)

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Title:The Wrong Side of Goodbye (A Harry Bosch Novel)
Authors:Michael Connelly (Author)
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2016), Edition: 1St Edition, 400 pages
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This is an outstanding Harry Bosch novel that I had a hard time putting down as Harry looks for a possible missing heir as a PI and a serial rapist as a volunteer detective for the San Fernando PD. We also learn more about Harry's time in the Viet Nam war. I had a hard time putting this book down. ( )
  lewilliams | Jun 5, 2017 |
This is the first Michael Connelly book I’ve read, and if all are as interesting as this one, I will seek out other books by him. I find few authors who can connect events that have happened in the past with current times. Connelly is one of those who uses the Vietnam experience his detective, Harry Bosch, with a current private investigation. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of his private investigation with the search for a rapist in his current position as an unpaid member of a small city police force, along with his father duties to his daughter in college. ( )
  brangwinn | May 6, 2017 |
I won this novel in a Bookreporter.com Word of Mouth Contest. Thank you!

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. ( )
  pegmcdaniel | Mar 12, 2017 |
One of the better Bosch novels. ( )
  sberson | Feb 28, 2017 |
While he has spent most of the last year suing the LAPD over his forced retirement, these days Harry Bosch is a private detective when he isn’t working as a reserve officer for the San Fernando PD. Bosch works for free as the small department does not have the funds to pay him. For Bosch it is a chance to wear the badge and work any of the city’s many unsolved cases. One of the cases Bosch is working on is the serial rapist case as the “Screen Cutter.” That case is the prominent secondary storyline of The Wrong Side Of Goodbye.

Bosch got the job at SFPD because of his old LAPD contacts. He gets his private detective jobs by way of referrals. Sometimes those referrals happen by the way of his former colleagues. While he might be an enemy of some in LAPD who are angry over the lawsuit there are plenty of others folks very aware that nobody is a better detective then Bosch on a case.

That ability and those contacts lead him to a meeting with the 85-year-old reclusive billionaire Whitney Vance. Creator and owner of Advance Engineering, Whitney Vance expanded the family legacy considerably from a modest start dating back during the California gold rush. Whitney also believes he may have expanded the family legacy another way-- by fathering a child.

While in film school at USC in 1949, he met someone. Hispanic and underage, she was not somebody that the family would appreciate. They had a brief relationship and she became pregnant. After Whitney told his father, who was convinced that the young woman was looking to become a married citizen, certain people talked to her about not having the child. She then vanished and Whitney has no idea what happened to her or the baby.

Whitney’s independence was now over as his father had leverage on him to make him conform. She was under age so there was that potential legal issue as well as the family embarrassment if the story cane out and was public. He did as he was told and left film school and transferred to Cal Tech. Eventually graduating and further expanding the family legacy.

All these years later, he can tell Bosch little at this point other than her name, Vibiana Duarte, and that she used to work at the student cafeteria known as “Everybody’s Kitchen.” Those facts and a couple of others give Bosch enough to go on. That hunt for the heir becomes the prominent storyline of The Wrong Side Of Goodbye.

This latest book in the Bosch series is far more straightforward than earlier books in the series. Bosch divides his time between both cases, with occasional side excursions to see or call his daughter, as the pages fly by. There is zero character development for anyone in the novel as Bosch and his family were fleshed out long ago. Even characters new to readers are barely more than cardboard cutouts and interchangeable as spare parts. Instead, it is about the hunt for a rapist and the heir.

It wouldn’t be a Bosch novel without a bit of workplace friction. That function is served here by having Bosch work in the San Fernando PD under a boss that has a bit of a bureaucratic bent. It isn’t surprising that Bosch flaunts a rule that he sees as petty only to have it become an issue for another character. The reader that pays attention to detail will see the setup for this coming a mile away.

Overall, the latest Bosch novel is a good one. Though it lacks the complexity of some of the earlier novels and a couple of the twists are a bit obvious, The Wrong Side Of Goodbye is a good read. The only real problem is that this read is nowhere near the high bar this author consistently set for most of this very entertaining series. Good on its own, The Wrong Side Of Goodbye, does not come close to the books earlier in the series.

The Wrong Side Of Goodbye: A Bosch Novel
Michael Connelly
Little, Brown And Company (Hachette Book Group)
November 2016
ISBN# 978-0-316-39675-2
LARGE PRINT Hardback (also available in hardcover, eBook, paperback, and audio)
555 Pages

Material supplied by the good folks of the Plano Public Library System.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2017 ( )
  kevinrtipple | Feb 19, 2017 |
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Harry Bosch is working as a part-time detective in the town of San Fernando outside of Los Angeles, when he gets the invitation to meet with the ageing aviation billionaire Whitney Vance. When he was eighteen Vance had a relationship with a Mexican girl called Vibiana Duarte, but soon after becoming pregnant she disappeared.

Now, as he reaches the end of his life, Vance wants to know what happened to Vibiana and whether there is an heir to his vast fortune. And Bosch is the only person he trusts to undertake the assignment.

Harry's aware that with such sums of money involved, this could be a dangerous undertaking - not just for himself, but for the person he's looking for - but as he begins to uncover Vibiana's story, and finds uncanny links to his own past, he knows he cannot rest until he finds the truth.
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Unstoppable detective Harry Bosch returns in a new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly.

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