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The Wrong Goodbye

(The Collector #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  556 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Meet Sam Thornton, Collector of Souls.

Because of his efforts to avert the Apocalypse, Sam Thornton has been given a second chance - provided he can stick to the straight and narrow.

Which sounds all well and good, but when the soul Sam's sent to collect goes missing, Sam finds himself off the straight-and-narrow pretty quick.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Missing | Soul Provid
Paperback, 1st Edition, 383 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Angry Robot (first published January 1st 2012)
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4.5 stars

This series is flipping fantastic! I feel like it's been written just for me. It has everything in it that I love right now and want to be reading to escape from life and have a helluva good time. I blew right through this one in a day and a half, not realizing there won't be another Sam Thornton adventure until Summer(?) 2013. Boo. But these are well-crafted, crazy mash-up fantastical noir crime novels that need time to grow. I get it. You take all the time you need Mr. Holm, just keep
Excuse me whilst I say meh to this series.

The second in the Collector series is as frustrating as the first. Sam Thornton is an interesting character with a good narrative voice, the scenario of a man who made a deal with a demon for his soul ending up collecting souls for eternity works for me too but the stories are just so much magnolia.

The word that sprung to mind again and again whilst reading was perfunctory, scene after scene of perfunctory events just to provide obstacles without furth
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, ebook, 2013, fiction
Following Dead Harvest, what do you give the guy who nearly brought upon the apocalypse? Why, a second chance of course!

Sam Thornton is tasked with the collection of a soul belonging to a feared drug lord. Following a meeting with an old friend and fellow collector, the soul Sam had acquired goes missing; replaced with that of another. The search for his stolen property takes Sam in unexpected directions as well as providing unwanted attention from those he’d like to avoid. As Sam’s journey cont
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally posted at my blog.

I'm sure you all remember a few months ago when I read Chris F. Holm's first The Collector book, Dead Harvest .  Even if you don't that's okay.  I'll pretend to wait impatiently while you go read my review.  Anyway, I really liked that book and kind of got all gushy about the cover.  That cover kind of had nothing on this one BUT I'M NOT HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE COVER TODAY.  No, really.

If you remember (and even if you don't, I really don't care [just
Mar 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second of the collector series, it is part standalone story and to a lesser part, building on the story arc started in the first book.

One thing I would like to say is that I guess at times I felt that I had read this book before - not for the story line which I thought was fun and fast paced but more the characters. The wise cracking black humoured cynical character seems to be the de facto choice these days and as much as I find it entertaining I do sometimes think one model the ne
Milo (BOK)
“An explosive follow up to Dead Harvest, two out of two for Chris F. Holm, urban fantasy fans will love this. Sam Thorton is a protagonist to be reckoned with.” ~The Founding Fields

The first novel in The Collector Trilogy was released earlier this year, which I loved. So, when the second novel was avaliable for an eARC download from Angry Robot, I eagerly snapped up the chance and almost as soon as it appeared on my IPod I began reading, and couldn’t put it down. If the third novel in The Collec
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, read_2012
'The Wrong Goodbye', the second in the very cool 'Collectors' series is more mature and true to the PI formula than 'Dead Harvest'. A collection gone bad sees Sam on the hunt for a former friend which will once again place him and his handler Lilith at the mercy of a much higher and devastating power.

The opening sequence in the Amazon jungle has a distinct pulp feel to it reminiscent of a Gabriel Hunt novel. The subsequent discovery of a stolen soul amidst the bloody jungle chaos prompts a flas
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, angels, mystery, crime
Yup, I'm in book-love. From the covers to the content, I think Chris F. Holm is doing this series just right, and I am seriously excited that I have the ARC of The Big Reap primed and ready to go on my Kobo. I think if you're a devotee of Hammett and Chandler and the like, not much is gonna get by you in terms of the plotting, but that's okay, I'm just soaking up the ambience.

Looking forward to more of Lilith, and hoping so much we see more of Gio and Theresa. I think that was maybe my favourite
Kate Sherrod
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: angry-robot
Stop me if you've heard this one. Boy meets corpse. Boy tries to harvest soul from corpse. Boy finds out that someone else already took it. Boy is in big, big trouble. There is no girl. Nor is there a spoon.

It's not even been two months since I read and enjoyed the first book in Chris F. Holm's Collector series, Dead Harvest, so the fact that I was eager to return to it says something, either about what else I've been reading (*cough* too much Dark Tower) or about how much I liked that first boo
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite enjoying Dead Harvest, the first book in Holm's Collector series, I thought there were parts kept a little too vague for my liking, and Sam's world wasn't explored as fully as it could have been. Before picking up to read The Wrong Goodbye, I hoped Holm would dive a little deeper into that world. Well, he did--and then some.

Sam Thornton is on a bit of a probation with his handlers. Sure, he prevented a holy war between Heaven and Hell, saved an innocent soul from being collected, but you
Kelly Hager
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Dead Harvest (the first book) but I ended up loving this one even more. It certainly helps that there are a lot of references throughout the novel (pop culture, I mean---some are very easy to catch and some are harder. I don't want to be more specific because every time I caught one, I was literally joyful).

This series is also just ridiculously fun. Yes, the stakes are high (if you fail, the world may literally end---so no pressure, right?) but Sam is awesome and clever and sarcastic. In
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Chris Holm's "The Collector" series lives up to the promise of the first novel and then some with this book. It's tighter, more assured, and builds upon the mysteries of that first book without adding so much new stuff you get lost. It's funny, smart, and punches well: if you're into urban fantasy and want something to add to the shelf that holds Dresden & the Nightside books... this is absolutely your best bet. Only start with the first book - you won't regret it.

More about the book (with
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2012
Earlier this year I read Chris F. Holm's debut novel Dead Harvest and was totally blown away by it. I called the best debut I'd read so far this year and almost ten months later it still is one of my favourites. So my anticipation and expectations for The Wrong Goodbye were high to say the least. And while it had the same sense of humour and style I enjoyed about Dead Harvest, the feel of the book was very different, far more buddy road trip than the heroic whodunit mystery tale.

Returning to S
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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Deep in the jungles of Columbia, Sam Thornton is on the hunt for the soul of Pablo Varela, drug czar and brutal killer. When he gets to the camp, his whole posse is dead, and a message is carved on the chest of one of the bodies. There’s only one person who could have left the message: Sam’s old friend and fellow Collector, Danny Young. Danny now has the soul that only Sam was supposed to collect, and if he doesn’t get it
Elizabeth A.
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When we last saw soul collector Sam Thornton at the end of Dead Harvest he’d moved Heaven, Hell and everything in between to avert the Apocalypse and save mankind. You’d think after accomplishing something of that magnitude a guy’d get a medal…or at least a day off or something. Not quite.

See, Sam seriously overstepped his bounds as one of the “devil’s mailmen” with his actions, and as a result he’s on a sort of supernatural double secret probation with both Heaven and Hell. One more screw up or
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original Review:

djinn24 does an advanced review on Derringer Award finalist and a Spinetingler Award winner Chris Holm’s second book in The Collector Series coming out September, 2012 in the US, UK and eBook format by Angry Robot Book.

Sam reminds me of Ash Williams from The Evil Dead series, some bad luck, some demons, total ass kicking story ~ The Founding Field

You think you have a bad job? Meet Sam, he is a collector, a minion of the demons of hell sent
Sean Cummings
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sam Thornton is a Collector of souls and you’d think the poor guy could just do his job. Alas, when you’re working for the guys downstairs amid the backdrop of brewing war between Heaven and Hell, you’d think someone might want to cut you a little slack. Not so for poor Sam – he’s been dispatched to collect the soul of a very bad dude and the book starts off with Sam doing just that – the only problem is that he’s been duped. Sam has collected the wrong soul and this unfortunate double cross is ...more
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is just as good as the first!!! I loved the new characters! Gio is a trip. He's totally laugh out loud funny. I really love where this series is headed. It's all very ominous and that's fantastic. I wish Lilith was in the story more along with Theresa! Theresa is awesome!!!! She's the best part of this book and she's not even in it very long. I would love to see Gio and Theresa make a reappearance in this series.

I bought my copy from Robot Trading Co. and it's full of glaring errors. I hope
Neliza Drew
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Better than the first, and I loved DEAD HARVEST.
If you read AMERICAN GODS (by Neil Gaiman) and wanted something similar, something as good and as equally original-yet-familiar, something zany and magical and twisted and funny, profane and would want to find a copy of THE WRONG GOODBYE.
Then you would want to order food you could eat one-handed so you didn't have to put it down.
Monique Happy
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The premise was new and immediately caught my attention. The main character was tortured, a killer himself, but still redeemable. I found myself rooting for him. I don't want to give anything away, but I would definitely recommend this book. One of my new fave authors!
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review of the whole series is here: CLICK
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dead Harvest is one of the best supernatural debuts to come out this year. An explosive thriller that gave us Sam Thorton, a body hopping soul collector who just happens to be the lynchpin of the Apocalypse. Sam was given a nigh on impossible task and must see it through while caught in between the manipulations of both angels and demons. A fantastic action packed story that had all the elements of a Jerry Bruckheimer movie!

In The Wrong Goodbye, Sam Thornton is back once again collecting the sou
I liked the whole soul collecting, demons and possession angle this novel was about. I wanted to like this much more but the story felt too long and needed simplifying too much detail less straight to the meat of it.
Dorothy McFalls
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great installment in The Collector series. I can't wait for book #3!
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of the four books by Holm that I've read so far, this is #4 on the list, but that's not a bad thing. Holm writes a good story and not all will be the best, but his non best is pretty damn good!

We met Sam Thornton in Dead Harvest and Sam is up to his usual agenda of collecting souls, only this time someone beats him to his assigned target. In the underground industry of soul collecting, poaching another's target is a big no no. So Sam tracks down the collector that stole his targeted soul and ge
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I take my time getting around to things.

It was some time ago that sj started telling me I needed to read Chris F. Holm's Collector series. It wasn’t that I didn’t trust her – I did, and I do, especially when it comes to literature – but I just have to defend myself by saying I have a TBR list that’ll last longer than I live. Sometimes I think of it and get super-daunted. I know. There are worse things in the world to stress over. But still. SO MANY BOOKS. SO LITTLE TIME.

I read Chris’s
Michael Tildsley
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holm has created a genre-crossing series here that exceeds expectations. I think the book succeeds as a noir, a mystery, a supernatural tale, etc. The best thing I can say about this book and Holm's writing so far is that he really knows how to keep the story moving and interesting. Very few times in the 400 pages or so of this book is there time to catch your breath. Fast-paced, funny, interesting, and entertaining.
Experiment BL626
CAUTION: long review, slight spoilers

Book 2 began ten months after the events of book 1. The effect of those events resonated throughout book 2 where the series' arc continued to hint at a nearing apocalypse.

Book 2 did a pretty good job rehashing the events of book 1 because I felt like I just read book 1. However that might annoy readers who literally did just read book 1.

The Characters

+ Sam
He continued to work that lone wolf, anti-hero persona. Intermittently throughout the story, Sam bugged m
You can find the full review over at my blog:

Shadowhawk reviews the sequel to Chris F. Holm’s stellar debut about angels and demons and the soul-gatherers known only as the Collectors.

“The Wrong Goodbye is an unrestrained joyride that will leave you breathless by the time you are done.“ ~The Founding Fields

Having a lot of books to read is a part and parcel of life for any reviewer, irrespective of what genre they cover. There’s always another book, another
Patrick Sprunger
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-in-2012

I'm very glad to be able to say The Wrong Goodbye is an improvement over Dead Harvest. Dead Harvest was more than 50% schtick, which is a great way to get people's attention but not sustainable over the span of a series. The chief flaw with Dead Harvest was its twist - you could spot it a mile off. While the "big" twist at the end of Wrong Goodbye is a little predictable, it comes up on you fast. There's a lot more story in the lead up.

Every action movie is going to have its epic fight scene a
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“Ah, yes- 'God is love' and all that rot. Tell me, have you ever really stopped to think about what that means? Love is cruel. Love is vicious. Love inspires people to kill, to maim, to torture. Love ruins lives, fells cities, destroys civilizations. If you ask me, love's not all it's cracked up to be. But then, you shouldn't have to ask me - you should only have to reflect on where love has gotten you." - Lilith” 6 likes
“For my money, noir boils down to bleak humanism – or, to put it more plainly: shit options, bad decisions, and dire
consequences. The difference between Greek tragedy and noir ain't the height of the fall, but the reason: those who fall in Greek tragedy do so because they're destined to; those who fall in noir choose to their damn selves.

In short, free will's a bitch.
But regardless of whose definition you go with, you'll notice something's lacking: namely, any mention of genre. That's because for as much as noir's assumed to be a subset of crime fiction, it's more vibe than subgenre. And, as many an enterprising modern writer seems intent on proving, that vibe is one that plays just as well with fantasy and science fiction as it does with crime.”
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