The Wrong Side of Good­bye is mas­ter­ful

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jeff Ay­ers

“The Wrong Side of Good­bye” (Lit­tle, Brown and Co.), by Michael Con­nelly

Harry Bosch has re­tired from the Los Angeles Po­lice Depart­ment, but he still finds him­self in the mid­dle of a puz­zling mys­tery in “The Wrong Side of Good­bye” by Michael Con­nelly.

Bosch has two jobs that keep him busy. In ad­di­tion to work­ing part-time as a pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor, he vol­un­teers as a de­tec­tive for the short-staffed San Fer­nando po­lice depart­ment, look­ing over cold cases. The con­di­tion of this ar­range­ment is that he can­not use re­sources from the depart­ment to as­sist with his work as a pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor.

He soon be­gins to jug­gle two ur­gent cases. He’s work­ing for the po­lice depart­ment on a case in­volv­ing a se­rial rapist, and his pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor skills are put to the test when el­derly bil­lion­aire Whitney Vance asks him to find a pos­si­ble heir. The child would have been born in 1950 when Vance was 18 and the woman he loved was 16. Vance’s fa­ther forced them apart and Vance re­grets never fight­ing since she was the only woman he ever loved. Find­ing her and their child would help him make peace with him­self and pro­vide an heir for his busi­ness.

Bosch has lit­tle to go on, and as he be­gins his search for an­swers, he starts hit­ting road­blocks, as if some­one didn’t want him to find the woman or the cou­ple’s child. Luck­ily for Bosch, he has ac­cess to le­gal help from a rel­a­tive who is quite fa­mil­iar to fans of Con­nelly.

To say Con­nelly has writ­ten an­other mas­ter­ful crime novel would not be enough praise.


This cover im­age re­leased by Lit­tle, Brown and Com­pany shows, “The Wrong Side of Good­bye,” a novel by Michael Con­nelly.

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