Friday, April 28, 2017


I love Michael Connelly. He's written about two dozen books now, all of them featuring either Harry Bosch or Mickey Haller or both, in a long, decades long arc that serves as fictional but true-to-life biographies of a cop and a lawyer who are perhaps the most finely developed characters I have read of in any genre of literature. And the fact that Connelly spins first-rate detective/suspense stories while featuring these characters always seems like a bonus at times. Connelly's work is by far the best series of suspense/thriller out there, and there's enough of it that it will keep a reader busy for two years reading every day. And I will be very, very sorry when Bosch finally hangs it up or dies; he's become almost like a distant but real presence in my life.
The Wrong Side of Goodbye is the latest installment, following Bosch into his uneasy retirement as a PIand part-time gig as part of a small-town PD. He quickly gets enmeshed in a billionaire's quest for a heir, along with trying to solve a case involving a serial rapist. Bosch finds a heir rather quickly, only to have the client die suddenly, and then the rapist case takes a very personal turn for him, as well. I really would love to give more details, but this is a very intricate and well-constructed plot, with the interactions between characters forming a big part of the story (per usual in a Connelly book, and notable by its absence in nearly every other entry in the genre). The climax of the investigations is not quite the end of the story, and the last few pages are as dynamite as the rest of the book. Connelly doesn't always hit a home run with every book, but this is his best effort, in a series with no lame entries, in a few years.

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