Michael Connelly The Wrong Side of Goodbye

Last updated: June 20, 2019


If you're a thriller fan, you're likely familiar with Harry Bosch, the detective in Michael Connelly's popular novels.  "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" marks the series' 19th book, following Bosch as he tracks down a billionaire's ex-lover. Connelly's focus on creating strong characters makes every one of his books compelling.

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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.

Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

Grade-A Connelly. The dark forces arrayed against the hero turn out to be disappointingly toothless, but everything else clicks in this latest chapter of a compulsively good cop’s odyssey through the City of Angels and its outlying neighborhoods and less angelic spirits.
Bosch turns police work into fascinating stories in the same way that a good reporter (Michael Connelly was one at the Los Angeles Times) puts flesh on the bare bones of a news report.
It may be Connelly’s twenty-first Harry Bosch book but it is fresh and innovative from the first page till the last.
Connelly’s best-selling success is built on an understanding of the symbiotic relationship between plot and character. Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch is one of the most aptly named protagonists in crime fiction, an eagle-eyed observer of fearsome landscapes who is unafraid to peer into the abyss and report back on the horrors therein.
It is rare for a screen version of a well known fictional character to resonate with me but Titus Welliver’s face and voice leapt out from the pages and, if anything, added to the enjoyment of The Wrong Side of Goodbye. A masterclass in crime writing.
Harry Bosch is a great character, and nobody does this stuff better than Michael Connelly. The Wrong Side of Goodbye is easily one of the year’s best mystery novels and a must-read for thriller fans everywhere.
Connelly is always at the top of my to-read list and I suspect he will be for a long time yet.
The characters in The Wrong Side of Goodbye are real, the plot compelling. With his latest novel, he has written another winner.
Unlike so many authors of long-running series, Connelly continues to discover new depths to his character and new stories to tell that reveal those depths in always compelling ways.

What reviewers didn't like

I gave the last two Michael Connelly books I reviewed 3 stars and this is another 3-star effort. I’d really like him to up his game on his next book.
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