The Wrong Side of Goodbye (Harry Bosch Series)
By Michael Connelly
Rating 4/5 Stairs
One of my favorite aspects of the Harry Bosch series is that the series is not lost to time. Over the course of 20 books (this one is #21), we’ve watched Harry’s ups and downs in the LAPD Homicide Division, some PI work, and then back to the LAPD in the Open-Unsolved Unit (cold cases). We’ve seen Harry flounder through a few relationships, and struggle to raise his daughter on her own. He’s caught a lot of bad guys, and burned a lot of bridges along the way.
For the last few books, Harry Bosch has been inching closer and closer to (an unwanted) retirement with the LAPD, and I’ve wondered what he would do when that happened. The question is answered in The Wrong Side of Goodbye. Harry is working as a private investigator (no surprise there), and he is also working as a volunteer cold case investigator for the San Fernando Police Department. Solving crimes and helping victims is in his blood, and he’s happy to still be working and making a difference.
If memory serves, The Wrong Side of Goodbye takes place a few years after The Burning Room (book #19), and maybe a year after The Crossing (#20, which was a combined Mickey Haller/Harry Bosch mystery). Harry is an empty nester, with his daughter in her second year at a nearby college. As always, Harry lives for his work. He’s working two cases simultaneously, the first is searching for a potential heir to a vast fortune on the PI side, and the second is trying to catch the Screen Cutter, a serial rapist in San Fernando.
As always, this is a fast-paced page turner. Mr. Connelly is excellent at keeping the pace steady, and I constantly found myself reading late into the night, “just one more chapter.” He also brings Mickey Haller into the picture as a minor character, and it’s always fun to see the two half brothers working together.
Great mystery/thriller for all you armchair detectives out there.