The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly’s 21st Harry Bosch novel is out.  Some of my favorite series authors publish around this time, and I anxiously await the Tuesday their book hits the shelves.  I was early on the Library’s list for The Wrong Side of Goodbye, and zoomed through it this past weekend.  You might think after 21 novels about one detective the story and the writing might get stale or old, but with Connelly, it doesn’t.

Harry Bosch has now retired from the LAPD and works as a private investigator part of the time, and as a “volunteer” for the understaffed San Fernando Police Department.  At the SFPD, Harry isn’t paid but does get a badge, computer access, and an office to review their cold cases and see what he can solve.  In this most recent novel, Harry is solving the case of a serial rapist who is still at large and privately working for an older billionaire who wants to see if he has an heir before he dies.

Here is what I like:  good writing and enough suspense, not too graphic, a familiar character I like to revisit, and a good story in the crime/police procedural genre.  Mickey Haller, Bosch’s half brother (otherwise known as the Lincoln Lawyer) also plays a small role.

If you’ve never tried Connelly, today is the first day of the rest of your life.  Give him a try. The books are good in order but it isn’t a must.