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The Wrong Side of Goodbye (Harry Bosch Series #21)

The Wrong Side of Goodbye (Harry Bosch Series #21)

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by Michael Connelly

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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



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).

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Marilyn Stasio
Sooner or later, Harry Bosch will have to turn in his gun and retire from police work, but until that time Michael Connelly continues to think up creative ways to keep his old war horse on the job.
The New York Times - Janet Maslin
…the characters aren't what make Mr. Connelly's books worthwhile. The classic mystery plotting and streamlined storytelling are what render him so readable. Of all the big-name writers who dominate this genre, Mr. Connelly is the most solid, old-school pro. His books also have a kind of broody glamour…Tiny, Hispanic San Fernando; the panoramic skyscraper in which Harry is hired for the Vance job; the grand old-money throwback that is the Vance estate; the more interesting places where Vibiana et al. wound up: All of it is etched in indelible detail and with great care. The people of The Wrong Side of Goodbye may not be with you by the next time Harry comes around. But the settings will be etched into the Bosch road map of California life.
Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Connolly’s canny detective, Harry Bosch, remains a compelling lead, but even longtime fans may feel that his creator gives him a few too many fortuitous breaks in his 21st outing (after 2015’s The Crossing). Bosch’s long career with the LAPD is a thing of the past, and he now divides his time between PI work and pro bono service as a reserve police officer for the city of San Fernando. He gets involved in an apparently impossible case for an extremely wealthy client, Whitney Vance, who pays Bosch $10,000 just to agree to a meeting. The 85-year-old Vance asks Bosch to find out, in complete secrecy, what became of the woman Vance impregnated 65 years earlier and who disappeared from his life almost immediately afterward. The billionaire, who believes he is nearing his end, hopes the investigator can ascertain whether he has a living heir. Though the trail is beyond cold, Bosch lucks into a solid lead. The multiple contrivances significantly diminish the plot. Agent: Philip Spitzer, Philip G. Spitzer Literary. (Nov.)
Library Journal
So big that Hachette allowed him a one-hour booth takeover at BookExpo America, Connelly returns with another tale featuring redoubtable detective Harry Bosch. No plot details yet, but note that 2015's The Crossing had the most preorders of any Connelly title ever. With a 550,000-copy first printing.
Kirkus Reviews
Harry Bosch, balancing a new pair of gigs in greater LA, tackles two cases, one of them official, one he struggles to keep as private as can be.Now that he’s settled the lawsuit he brought against the LAPD for having forced him into retirement, Harry (The Crossing, 2015, etc.) is working as an unsalaried, part-time reservist for the San Fernando Police Department while keeping his license as a private investigator. Just as the San Fernando force is decimated by the layoffs that made Harry such an attractive hire, it’s confronted with a serious menace: the Screen Cutter, a serial rapist with a bizarre penchant for assaulting women during the most fertile days of their menstrual cycles. Ordinarily Harry would jump at the chance to join officers Bella Lourdes and Danny Sisto in tracking down the Screen Cutter, and he does offer one or two promising suggestions. But he’s much more intent on the private job he’s taken for 85-year-old engineering czar Whitney Vance, who wants him to find Vibiana Duarte, the Mexican girl he impregnated when he was a USC student, and her child, who’d be well past middle age by now—and also wants him to keep his inquiries absolutely secret. Harry’s admirably dogged sleuthing soon reveals what became of Vibiana and her child, but his discovery is less interesting and challenging than his attempts to report back to his client, who doesn’t answer his private phone even as everyone around Harry is demanding information about the case he doesn’t feel he can share. 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.
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Praise for The Wrong Side of Goodbye:

"....a powerful, Macdonald-esque meditation on the claims the past exerts on the present. Few mystery novelists make background facts and simple descriptions sing the way this writer does. And no writer exploits Los Angeles - its geography, its historical power wars, its celebrity culture, its lore - as compellingly as Connelly....he must be read."
Lloyd Sachs, Chicago Tribune

"If any novelist is worthy to walk once more through the front door of Raymond Chandler's iconic Sternwood mansion, it's Michael Connelly. For over two decades, Connelly has been brilliantly updating and enlarging the possibilities of the classic L.A. hard-boiled novel, first bestowed upon the world in 1939 with Chandler's debut, The Big Sleep. This latest Bosch outing is its own accomplishment: brooding and intricate, suspenseful and sad. In short, it's another terrific Michael Connelly mystery....a master of the genre."
Maureen Corrigan, Washington Post

"Bosch at his best."
Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

"Connelly has created in Bosch one of the great characters in contemporary crime fiction."—Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times

"Michael Connelly is the master of the universe in which he lives, and that is the sphere of crime thrillers. This man is so good at what he does.... THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE is the twenty first Harry Bosch story and it is just as good or better than the first one was. Nobody writes like Connelly, nobody. He is unique in his style and also in the character of Harry Bosch he has created. If you read one page about Harry Bosch as written by Michael Connelly you will be hooked for life."
Jackie K. Cooper, Huffington Post

"It is impossible for Connelly to tell a bad story. Moving effortlessly between Bosch's private and public cases, he ratchets up the tension...pulling off in the final few chapters a California noir sleight of hand that would make Ross Macdonald envious."
Robert Anglen, The Arizona Republic

"In each novel, Connelly has dug deeper into Harry's psyche, as he skillfully does in The Wrong Side of Goodbye....Connelly's melding of the police procedural, private detective novel and intense character study remains solid. Harry isn't with the LAPD anymore, but readers will be glad to know he is still on the job."—Oline H. Cogdill, South Florida Sun Sentinel

"....it is immensely satisfying to see Bosch's sustained and deepened passion for his mission- "Everybody count or nobody counts" - undiminished by age or circumstance, even as a younger generation of detectives of all colors and orientations share the stage to carry on the work that has given Bosch, and this series, such an enduring appeal. Harry Bosch and his law enforcement heirs are still fighting the good fight, luckily, for us all."
Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times

"It is a disturbing and yet cathartic tale-within-a-tale that proves once again what a master storyteller Connelly is."
Bruce Tierney, BookPage

"Connelly continues to discover new depths to his character and new stories to tell that reveal those depths in always compelling ways. Hats off one more time to a landmark crime series."—Bill Ott, Booklist (starred review)

"Swift, unpredictable, and thrilling."

"Michael Connelly writes with a seamless unity of tone and pace that makes reading his crime novels absolutely effortless and totally engaging...his narrative rolls out in a perfect parade of action, memory, emotion, color and tension."
Margie Romero, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Bosch fans will rejoice at the pluperfect ending."
Tim O'Connell, Florida Times-Union

"....lots of surprises and surprise endings. Bosch's legion of readers will come away entertained - and gratified that in his acknowledgments, Connelly all but promises yet another Bosch tale."—Harry Levins, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"....another masterful Michael Connelly mystery...highly recommended."
Maureen McCarthy, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"This is an excellent police procedural crime novel, one of Connelly's best; it's full of well-developed characters, taut situations and vivid descriptions."
Ray Walsh, Lansing State Journal

"Irresistible...Connelly nods to his early inspiration Raymond Chandler while strengthening his own claim to the mystery writers' pantheon."—Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times

Product Details

Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
Harry Bosch Series , #21
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Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)


Meet the Author

Michael Connelly is the author of twenty-eight previous novels, including #1 New York Times bestsellers The Crossing and The Burning Room. His books, which include the Harry Bosch series and Lincoln Lawyer series, have sold more than sixty million copies worldwide. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels and is the executive producer of Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. He spends his time in California and Florida.

Brief Biography

Sarasota, Florida
Date of Birth:
July 21, 1956
Place of Birth:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980

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The Wrong Side of Goodbye 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Dang, I'm bummed that I finished the book, it was that good. Love the 2 stories aspect. Kept it moving and fresh. Fun having Haller in there too. I also liked that Maddie wasn't a central character, just a realistic small role. Dang, now I have to wait for Mr. Connelly's next book... this one was great fun to read.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Ignore any negative reviews you read about this book; it's great as usual
Anonymous 9 months ago
Vintage Bosch. Very enjoyable
Anonymous 9 months ago
I had a difficult time putting this book down! Keep up the great writing, Michael!! You are truly gifted. I hope to continue reading more Bosch novels!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Kept me interested throughout. Typical Harry Bosch, fast paced and full of twists and turns. Five stars for sure.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I think this is one of my top 5 favorite Harry Bosch Stories yet. ......RADARONE.....11-03-2016.....
Anonymous 9 months ago
I have read all of this series, and it's still nice to hear about what Harry's up to.. But it's pretty boilerplate.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Hate for the book to end
Anonymous 8 months ago
Damn good reading. Look forward to the next book.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Enjoyed the vietnam experience
Twink 28 days ago
The Wrong Side of Goodbye is the twenty first novel in Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series. I wondered where Connelly was going to take Harry once he left the LAPD. But once a cop, always a cop. Harry has joined the small San Fernando PD as a reserve officer. He's been working the case of The Screencutter, a serial rapist working in the area. Harry is also a private investigator now and is called to the home of a reclusive billionaire. At death's doorway, the man wants to know if he has any blood heirs. But there are those just as determined to see that none are found. Connelly has come up with two great cases, both intriguing and well plotted. We meet a whole new set of characters in the new police department. I would definitely like to see more of this group and this setting. Mickey Haller (The Lincoln Lawyer) makes an appearance as well. I quite enjoy the two characters appearing in each other's cases. This is the 21st entry, but this series has never lost it's momentum or freshness. Skillful storytelling, great characters, inventive plotting, excellent detective work and so entertaining. The Wrong Side of Goodbye was a fantastic listen. Narrator Titus Welliver has become the voice of Bosch for me - gruff, growly, tough. His interpretation of the character absolutely matches my mental image. And he also stars in the television series Bosch.
Anonymous 4 months ago
One of my favorites in the Bosch series. Both story lines were fully engrossing but still managed to come together in a way that made sense. Good twists and turns in the story that kept me guessing and hopeful that the good guys would come out on top!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Great story. LA is accurately described. Felt like I was on a ride a long with Harry. You will enjoy this book very much.
Anonymous 7 months ago
So happy with this book. Much better than last couple years.This is the Bosch i fell in love with. Such a great extention of his character.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Read this a few weeks ago and forgot to do a review. Correcting that error. Couldnt wait to read it. Could hardly put it down Enjoy! Excellent again! Kat
Anonymous 7 months ago
This book had my attention from first page to last
Anonymous 7 months ago
More Harry Bosch Please. Great Read.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Read it. You'll be glad you did.
ThoughtsFromaPage 7 months ago
Michael Connelly manages a feat few authors can pull off successfully. The Wrong Side of Goodbye is the 21st book in the Harry Bosch series, and each installment further develops the Bosch character while involving him in yet another fascinating and unique crime that he has to solve. I just absolutely love this series, and The Wrong Side of Goodbye is fantastic. Bosch is now working part-time (and uncompensated) as an investigator for the tiny San Fernando Police Department. He is working his way through the department’s cold case files and is currently focused on solving the Screen Cutter rapes. As he gets close to solving the case, one of his coworkers disappears. Meanwhile, Harry has also been hired by a wealthy tycoon to determine if the old man has any heirs. Due to his wealth, there are a number of people who don’t want any potential heirs located. Between the two cases, Bosch has his hands full. Michael Connelly writes a fabulous mystery time and time again. One of my favorite parts of his stories is that he includes a number of interesting stories about the L.A. area and the other locales Harry visits. This time around a portion of the story takes place in Vietnam, and Connelly includes the show performed there in December 1969 by Bob Hope, Connie Stevens, Neil Armstrong, and a jazz saxophonist named Quentin McKinzie. I was not familiar with the details regarding this event and truly enjoyed learning about it. I also loved the way he incorporated Harry into a subsequent portion of that story. I was fascinated too to learn that tip lines create more work for police officers frequently because so many people call in trying to settle scores or payback an enemy. Who would do that?! I highly, highly recommend this book and the entire series. Anyone who reads this book is in for a wonderful treat.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I've read all of the Harry Bosch series and I have to say, this one was one of my favorites. I look forward to this being included in the televised series. I live in Santa Clarita, so it was fun having a good part of the story line focused in an area familiar to me. Keep them coming! Looking forward to the next book!
Anonymous 8 months ago
A very well written and thoughtful book. Would make an excellent movie. Very heartfelt.
micharch 9 months ago
Harry Bosch finds himself working part-time with the San Fernando PD and also as a PI part of the time. He is intrigued when he gets a call from an old co-worker and is asked to meet a Billionaire about some secret investigation he wants done. Bosch meets with Whitney Vance and comes away with a new project on his docket. Whitney wants Bosch to see if he can find an heir for his empire and knows that there will be people who will try to interfere and get in the way. Bosch sinks right into the case and doesn't let setbacks deter him for long. He knows he has to be extremely careful and not tip his hand. His confidentiality agreement states that he can discuss the case with no one but Vance. At the SFPD, Bosch is working on a screen cutter rapist case that seems to be ready to explode. Bosch makes a connection with 4 case and determines that it is one perpetrator at work. Bosch is afraid that he is going to strike again. His fears are confirmed and Bosch is then working 2 cases that are both exploding at the same time. There were some twists and turns and, as usual, Michael Connelly does a great job of keeping you interested in the story. He is able to weave Vietnam flashbacks, struggling artists and an old man trying to right his wrongs into a compelling story. Was very well done and seeing Bosch and Haller working together at times never gets old.
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Anonymous 11 days ago
The plot kept me very engaged. I was excited each day to finally get to a point where I could get reading. Harry Bosch is a great character.
Anonymous 18 days ago
His best story of Harry Bosch to date. The multiple story lines worked incredibly well together. The personal story he finally tells his daughter ties the book together. Wish there was another to read right now.