Unstoppable detective Harry Bosch returns in a new thriller from New York Times best-selling 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 30 years with the LAPD speak for themselves.
Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire has less than six months to live and a lifetime of regrets. He hires Bosch to find out whether he has an heir. Using all of his cold-case skills, Bosch pieces together a 65-year-old mystery and finds out that the case is not as simple - or as cold - as he thought.
Swift, unpredictable, and thrilling, The Wrong Side of Goodbye proves once again that "Connelly is still very much in his prime" (Washington Post).
©2016 Michael Connelly (P)2016 Hachette Audio
"A great mystery and a great narration are a winning combination." (AudioFile)
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
All of Michael Connelly's books are in my Audible library, so I suppose I am a fan. The Wrong Side of Goodbye lacks much of the intense suspense of most of Connelly's novels. But it does contain two very interesting unrelated cases. The novel also has Harry Bosch working with his "brother by another mother" Mickey Haller. Again, this book is about mystery and strong intellectual police work rather than suspense. There is also a nice twist near the end. Titus Welliver does his usual yeoman's job of narration, excellent but not outstanding. I highly recommend this novel.
So far there have been 14 ratings at Audible with an average of 3.4 stars. There have been 27 ratings at Amazon with an average of 4.6 stars. Please do not let the low Audible ratings discourage you from listening; Titus Welliver is not as strong a narrator as Dick Hill, but Dick Hill last narrated a Harry Bosch novel since 2008. Len Cariou and Peter Giles have narrated most of the series since, and Welliver is as good as either of them. Ultimately I suspect the Audible average rating will be well above 4 stars.
Lets just start with the narrator, Titus Welliver. If you have watched the "Bosch" series on Amazon (an Original made for Amazon) you have seen the 6 star performance of Titus Welliver as Harry Bosch. That portrayal which is true to the books in every way except one, continues with his stellar and engaging performance on this book. In the new video series with Welliver in the title role there is only one departure, and that is the age.
In the books, Bosch is a Vietnam war veteran and an aging, beyond retirement age cop. In the video series, he is a veteran of Desert Storm and Afghanistan, effectively shaving 20-25 years off Bosch's age and giving him the ability to have a continuing police career. Because the books are well established, his age is set and there is no way to undo the fact the Bosch must leave the police department.
This book gives the series a whole new lease in life by giving Harry a brand new (albeit similar) vocation: Private Investigator. Thank Heaven... because I love the series and Michael Connelly has done an outstanding job renewing the character and insuring there is more to come. This book is the next chapter in Harry's life without the all to common "Jumping the shark".
As well done as the previous stories this is an easy and engaging book with a perfect plot line and full characters.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
It is hard to believe that this is the 23rd book in the Harry Bosch series. Harry is now doing some private investigator work and is a volunteer reserve officer with the San Fernando Police Department. Harry is working as a detective on a series of unsolved rape cases that go back over a number of years. He is beginning to think he has a serial rapist case and the rapist will soon strike again. On the P. I. side of his life, he is hired by billionaire Whitney Vance to find out if he might have an heir from a relationship he had while he was a young university student.
The book is well written and Connelly keeps the plot twisting, turning and the suspense building to keep me reading. Connelly has skillfully revealed Harry ‘s transition from LAPD detective to that of an unpaid reserve investigator. He reveals the problems of his being a former big time LAPD detective to the “old guy” in a small-town police department. It has been great to watch the aging and work changes of Bosch along with that of his readers.
Titus Welliver does a good job narrating the book. Welliver is an actor and painter as well as audiobook narrator. He also plays Bosch on the Amazon T.V. Bosch series.
Addicted to Audible!
If you are a fan of the Harry Bosch series you will enjoy this latest installment. There are basically two stories happening at the same time which makes it more interesting. The half-brother character of Micki Haller from, The Lincoln Lawyer, also appears- nice that he continues to link them. I won't give away the story but its a typical Harry Bosch - updated to keep our interest. The narrator is also excellent!
I am a commercial artist working in my studio in central Virginia. Audible keeps me company and extends my painting hours.
As I finished listening to this newest in the Harry Bosch series, I pondered on why many other novelists who create a series of 20 or more novels, "Jump the Shark", so to speak. They seem to be floundering and grasping at anything to keep their goose laying those golden eggs! Consequently, the quality of their work is compromised and holes begin to appear in the fabric. Characters devolve into caricatures and plots become unbelievable. Not Michael Connelly! Though I have enjoyed some of Harry's adventures more than others, this is right up there at the top! Bravo!
i got this book at midnight, and just finished it. scant 12 hours later. i love all bosch books, but this one is superb. titus is outstanding in his presentation of the book.
get it now, but prepare to become immersed.
i have over 1000 audible books. tbis is in the top 3. thank you
Titus Wellever is really hard to listen to. I understand that his narration is a tie in with the TV show. The reading is a little fast and with a flat tone. The story is great.
Loved it ! I'm a staunch Michael Connelly / Harry Bosch fan, and this is a great, fast-paced story. And I think Titus Wellever is the PERFECT narrator for the series. He is Harry Bosch!
Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."
Michael Connelly had me at hello - or more aptly with the title "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" (2016). I couldn't have been more thrilled if some enterprising librarian found a secret room in the labyrinth basement of the 1926 Los Angeles Central Library at 5th and Hope, where Raymond Chandler could have secretly labored away with a Remington typewriter and a couple of reams of International Paper, creating a carefully boxed manuscript hidden away for more than half a century.
"The Wrong Side of Goodbye" is a Detective Harry Bosch mystery ("The Black Echo" (1992) to the present). In print, Bosch is a Vietnam vet unjustly forced out of the LAPD. He's in his 60's but with a daughter to put through college, so he continues to work. In "The Crossing" (2015), Bosch worked as a Private Investigator for his brother, the 4th wall breaking Lincoln Lawyer, Mickey Haller. Now, Bosch is a volunteer officer for the City of San Fernando.
In his Lincoln Lawyer series (The Lincoln Lawyer (2005) etc.), Connelly makes the Van Nuys Government Center an oasis of calm, grace and valor - when in reality, it's a 'grass was dead before the drought', 'don't ride the elevators in the parking structure' island of uninspired 1960's concrete construction surrounded by bail bondsmen and check cashing places with armed guards.
San Fernando, a real city in Los Angeles, isn't prettied up the way Van Nuys Was. Connelly's got the true population, demographics, and geography. The city even has its own small police force (so many smaller cities in Los Angeles contract to the LA County Sheriff's Department) but I'm not going to embarrass myself calling and asking for Reserve Officer Bosch. San Fernando is a real place, a hard micro-city built on thin alkaline soil washed into the San Fernando Valley, always waiting for the Santa Ana winds to create a dust devil of grit.
The plot of "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" is vintage Bosch, with the patient and methodical analyst uncovering the fact that a serial rapist's hunting grounds are San Fernando. He'll bend the rules to catch him, of course. At the same time, Bosh is running a missing persons investigation for an elderly aerospace pioneer. The client isn't Howard Hughes, but he knew Hughes back in the day. The elderly client is ensconced in a mansion in Pasadena, as Junior League, country club, old money a place as can exist in Southern California - outside of the Spanish era (1784-1821) and Mexican era (1833-1846) Alta California Ranchos created by land grants. Bosch's investigation takes him to the San Diego dream that is the Hotel del Coronado, back in time to the miasma of the Vietnam War, and to East Los Angeles, always a place to be from, not to go to - unless you belong.
Titus Welliver, who plays Harry Bosch in the Amazon series "Bosch" (2014 - present), narrates. In the Amazon series, Bosch is a younger, a Desert Storm veteran. He's still the ultimate in tenacity, questionable ethics, and rigid morality. Welliver is good in the series and a good narrator.
The title of the review is from a 1950 book by Chandler, "The Simple Art of Murder."
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A man's got to do what a man's got to do..
Another superb Harry Bosch story. The aging detective has been forced out of the LAPD and is working as a private investigator. He gets involved into two intertwining stories. As usual, the plot is tied, dialogues sharp and the suspense steady .
Bosch is getting old (well into retirement age) and i wonder where Connelly wants to take him next . Every book may be the "last" Bosch story and this makes me savor this book even more.
Titus Welliver (the actor who impersonate Bosch in the TV series) is an excellent reader , fully in tune with the character.
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