In The Wrong Side of Goodbye detective Harry Bosch is hired by a billionaire to find out if he has an heir and also works for the San Fernandino PD and discovers there is a serial rapist on the loose. This being a Michael Connelly mystery it is of course excellent. One of the many reasons for this is Coonnelly knows his readers are intelligent so he occasionally leaves a subtle tell that keeps them a step ahead of Bosch on some points: it is a good feeling.
This is the twenty-first installment in the Harry Bosch series. In its predecessor The Crossing Connelly was a little tentative with Bosch as a retired police detective working private cases. He elegantly solves the problem here by having Bosch work part-time for the SFPD which also gives him time to work private cases.
The Wrong Side of Goodbye refers to the position Whitney P. Vance found himself in as a young man when he was forced by his very wealthy father to had to give up his relationship with a Latina he had fallen in love with and gotten pregnant Now a very old and sick man, Vance wonders if he has an heir he can leave everything to in hope of making up for his cowardice at the time. He hires Bosch to find out. Though Vance's business partners do not know why Vance hired Bosch, they suspect his investigating will get in the way of their getting everything when the old man dies.
The secondary story line in this Connelly mystery involves him partnering with a SFPD detective named Bella Lourdes and looking into a series a rapes. Though it is not the main story, Michael Connelly makes it just as relevant and just as interesting.
Mickey Haller, The Lincoln Lawyer and Connelly's other series character, makes an apperarance here and it is handled perfectly.
I've been a Michael Connelly fan from day one of the paperback issue of the first Harry Bosch mystery The Black Echo. Every Connelly is a must read for any mystery fan.
Other Michael Connelly Reviews
Crime Beat: An interesting read for true crime fans.
The Lincoln Lawyer Audio Book Version: An excellent departure for mystery writer Michael Connelly
Echo Park: The best Michael Connelly mystery to date and that is saying a lot.
The Concrete Blonde: This third Harry Bosch mystery is solid.
The Overlook: Yet another great Harry Bosch mystery
The Overlook - Another Review: The usual solid and captivating mystery by a master.
The Brass Verdict - October 2008: A lawyer s murder brings Harry Bosch and Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller together.
The Brass Verdict - A Mickey Haller / Harry Bosch Mystery: 20th Connelly mystery brings Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch together with a bang (from a revolver)
The Black Ice - A Harry Bosch Mystery: Second in the series. Brilliant, of course.
The Scarecrow: Jack McEvoy of The Poet is back in yet another excellent Connelly mystery.
Nine Dragons - A Harry Bosch Mystery: The lesser Harry Bosch mystery.
The Reversal - October 2010: Detective Harry Bosh, Mickey Haller, and their exes on the same case.
The Fifth Witness - April 2011: A solid (of course) Mickey Haller mystery
The Fifth Witness - J. Curran Review - April 2011: Third Mickey Haller mystery. This reviewer was not as impressed as the other one was.
The Drop - J. Curran review: Although not one of Connelly’s mind blowers from start to finish, The Drop is definitely a good solid read.
The Drop - A Harry Bosch Mystery: Decent enough Connelly but not up to usual standards
Blood Work Blu-ray: Excellent movie adaptation of Connelly novel
The Black Box - A Harry Bosch mystery: This time Bosch investigates a case dating back to the L.A. riots. Good but not great.
The Gods of Guilt - Mickey Haller Novel: The Lincoln Lawyer takes a case that propels him along a journey to face the demons of his past and present.
The Burning Room: You simply cannot put it down.
The Crossing - A Harry Bosch Novel: The Crossing, the twenty-second Harry Bosch, represents a major change in the life of Connelly s foremost character.
The Late Show - A Renee Ballard Mystery: There is a new kid in town. Dog lover, and surfer by day, Detective Renee Ballard is a tough, tenacious, no-nonsense loner who works the late shift in Hollywood. Due to unsubstantiated accusations thrown at a superior officer, she is not exactly on the warm and fuzzy list of her fellow officers. With limited trust running both ways, her investigations are often solo.