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The Wrong Side of Goodbye (A Harry Bosch Novel) Hardcover – November 1, 2016
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1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 1 USA TODAY BESTSELLER Notable Book of 2016 Washington Post 10 Favorite Books of 2016 Colette Bancroft Tampa Bay Times 10 Best Mysteries of 2016 Adam Woog Seattle Times 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 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Notable Book of 2016 Washington Post 10 Favorite Books of 2016 Colette Bancroft Tampa Bay Times 10 Best Mysteries of 2016 Adam Woog Seattle Times Detective Harry Bosch must track down someone who may never have existed in the
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In his private investigator role, he is invited to meet an aging aviation billionaire, Whitney Vance, who has a proposition - find out if he has any surviving offspring who could become the heir to his huge fortune. At age 18 Vance had a relationship with a young Mexican girl called Vibiana Duarte, but soon after becoming pregnant she disappeared and Vance had never seen her again.
Bosch quickly finds a lead that Vibiana had a son who was adopted out shortly after birth. This lead fades when Bosch finds that the son perished when he was shot down in a helicopter in Vietnam. As soon as he starts to find more leads Bosch realises that he is being followed by powerful parties who don't want any surviving relatives to be found. When his search takes a more dramatic and serious direction he turns for help and legal protection to his half-brother, Mickey Haller.
At the same time, Bosch gets tied up almost full time with a major case for the small police force of San Fernando - a serial rapist who gains entry by cutting through the screen door of victims' houses. The hunt for the "Screen Cutter" heats up when more victims are identified and a criminal profile suggests that it is only a matter of time before the rapist also becomes a killer.
Connelly showed his skills in weaving Bosch's investigatory skills between two totally different cases. It was certainly a change not to see him constantly doing battle with his police superiors. There is not much background about his personal life as his daughter Maddy is at college and only has a cameo role.
Over the last year, I have been revisiting and enjoying several of Michael Connelly's earlier books. IMHO this one stands out as one of the best he has written and maintains his top place in US crime fiction and showcased Connelly's skills in keeping this long-running series alive. We will certainly see a lot more of Harry Bosch in the future.
I was able to review this book now as it was published in Australia on 24 October 2016 and won't be released in the US until 1 November 2016. It certainly deserves to be in the bestsellers list leading up to the festive season.
This well written tale finds Harry simultaneously handling a big private case… when he’s hired by billionaire octogenarian Whitney Vance… who is hanging on to life by a thread… to find out if a long… long… ago relationship resulted in an heir… the lifelong bachelor didn’t know if he had… while… concurrently on his SFPD gig (That’s San Fernando) a serial rapist… code named “The Screen Cutter”… is not only on the loose… but hitting close to home. As Bosch tries to juggle both cases… on one hand… not letting anyone know about the Vance case… due to a confidentiality agreement that he signed restricting him from discussing it with anyone… and on the other hand… juggling the fact that he shouldn’t be using any of his SFPD access to delve into any data he needs to find on the Vance case.
As I am an Honorably Discharged Viet Nam Era veteran… I found it not only intriguing… but so… directly on target… as to the authenticity… and emotional “flash-back”… punch… that the author injects both in Bosch as a Viet Nam Veteran… and especially in combination… with the fact that one of the main leads (to protect any possible even microscopic spoilers… I won’t mention in which case)… who was a KIA Viet Nam Veteran. Perhaps my favorite… touching scene… was when Harry was following up leads that lead to the KIA veteran and wound up in the attic of the Vet’s sister’s house… by himself… going through the forty-five-year-plus-old Vet’s foot locker… along with a package the Vet sent home before his death. The feelings and memories… of Bosch… that continued… unabated… for an indefinable… amount of time… as Harry’s thoughts served as a way to explain to inexperienced readers… part of what Viet Nam was like… and how parts can never leave you. The author excelled in creating a literary environment… where at times I forgot I was reading a book… and my memories floated me away. I don’t believe there’s a better compliment that can be given to an author.
The action… and intrigue… of two active cases… in concert… never skip a beat… and I’ve found that to be a rare success in the many books I have read over the years.
I would like to end this review with a question to other readers that I’m really curious to get some other viewpoints. In almost half-a-century of lovingly and enthusiastically reading one book after another… I always had a personal observation that I never saw a movie as good as a book I had read. (Seeing a movie AFTER I read the book.) The fact that I had never read a Harry Bosch book before… but had seen the two seasons of Bosch on Amazon Prime… so that led me into this book… already viewing Harry based on the cable TV Harry… so I already had a vision of him. I really kind of enjoyed that feeling. I’d be curious about anyone else’s experience in either of the combinations of their introduction to Bosch via TV then book… or vice-versa.
P.S. A book dedicated to Vince Scully has to be special… and the author had me drooling… when he had Harry stop for a meal at my favorite all-time deli in Los Angeles (I moved away thirty-five-years ago) Art’s in Studio City… yummmm!
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