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The Wrong Side of Goodbye

(Harry Bosch #19)

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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 thirty years with the LAPD speak for themselves.

Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire is nearing the end of his life and is haunted by one

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Paperback, 388 pages
Published October 24th 2016 by Allen & Unwin AU
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Sidna I agree with Elaine. Bella is a victim, but not of Bosch. He made it clear that he is holding her position open for her until she is able to return to…moreI agree with Elaine. Bella is a victim, but not of Bosch. He made it clear that he is holding her position open for her until she is able to return to work. If he had not taken the position, someone else who really wanted a full-time job might have gotten it and it might be more difficult for her to return when she is ready. She is definitely a capable partner with Bosch.(less)
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Andrew Smith
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t think Connelly is the most literary crime fiction scribbler out there – in my view that honour goes to either James Lee Burke or Ian Rankin – but I do think he may just be the best story teller. He doesn’t allow his readers to get lost in the complexities of the plot because he keeps it simple, logical and linear. That’s not to say there aren’t twists, surprises and red herrings in his books, Connelly uses all the tricks, yet he still manages to keep the story ‘clean’. I always know ...more
Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*

This is the 21st book in the Harry Bosch Series. I just really love this series and now I have to wait patiently for the next book.
Bosch is now retired from the Los Angles police department where he
worked as a detective. He did not go quietly into retirement but sued the city as he left. This has made him persona non grata in his old stomping grounds but Harry could care less. He is working part time for the San Fernando Police Department and taking some private gigs on the side. THE WRONG
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Diane S ☔
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Connelly and Bosch have done it again. Written a novel that kept me turning the pages, a tightly plotted novel filled with the special insights that one my my favorite detectives seems to have been gifted. Now working a part time, unpaid gig with a police department that had to make drastic cuts, he continues on investigating cold cases while being allowed to work on his own side cases for some real money. He becomes embroiled in two separate cases, one a serial rapist, the other a hunt for ...more
Brenda
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harry Bosch is one of my favorite characters, and it was great to read this newest adventure.

Harry is managing two investigations. As a part time officer with the San Fernando Police Department, he's working a serial rapist case. As a PI, he's been asked by a rich 85 year old man to try to find an heir. Both cases were interesting, but I especially enjoyed the search for an heir. It involved a character who served in Vietnam, where Harry also served. I thought it was well researched and well
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James Thane
Harry Bosch has finally left the L.A.P.D. behind for good, but his mission as a homicide detective remains in his blood--it still defines who he is. Accordingly, while he's now working as a P.I., he's also volunteering as a reserve officer in the small, understaffed and underfunded police department in San Fernando. Harry is basically the department's Cold Case unit, investigating still unsolved crimes. There's no paycheck, but Harry still gets to carry a detective's badge and he still gets to ...more
Linda
There's a lot to be said about crackin' open the latest Michael Connelly series with ol' Harry Bosch behind the wheel. And this one just doesn't disappoint.

Harry is splitting his time between private investigations and volunteer time with the San Fernando Police Department. Our guy will never fully retire and just drink pina coladas under a palm tree on the beach.

Bosch is following a two-prong set of investigations this time. The first entails a billionaire (Yes, that's billionaire with a
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Thomas
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
This is the 29th book that I have read by Michael Connelly and I have enjoyed every single one. Reading a Connelly book is like sitting down with old friends. In this book, Harry Bosch is now retired and splitting his time between private detective work and volunteering for the San Fernando PD. In his job with the SFPD, he tries to close cold cases. He starts working on a serial rapist, called "The screen cutter" because he gains entrance to a home by cutting a screen.
The second thread
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Matt
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Michael Connelly has done it again, with a stellar novel that follows the ever-evolving travails and work options of Harry Bosch. Out of the LAPD, Bosch is always on the lookout for something new and exciting to bide his time. An acquaintance reaches out to him, running a private security firm and has a favour to ask. Bosch learns that he has personally been requested to meet with billionaire Whitney Vance, though the specifics remains veiled in secrecy. Bosch hesitates, but is intrigued enough ...more
Esil
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series. I've read every book in the series. I know what to expect and I'm rarely disappointed. And this goes for his latest The Wrong Side of Goodbye, which had all of the usual good stuff:
-Harry is a great character: dedicated, a bit gruff, not perfect, but not over the top in his flaws.
-Connelly knows how to keep the continuity of Harry's personal and professional life going without taking away the focus from the mystery or plot.
-The book has Harry working
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Liz
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another strong entry in the Harry Bosch series. Two storylines are both are equally engaging. A must read for fans of police procedurals.
Jonetta
Harry Bosch is now a detective in the reserve unit of the San Fernando Police Department, having permanently severed his ties with the LAPD following his settlement. His current case involves what looks to be a serial rapist, referred to as the Screen Cutter because of his method of entry. Meanwhile, he still takes on private assignments and his latest engagement is mysterious. He’s hired by billionaire Whitney Vance to track down a woman he impregnated over 60 years ago and determine if he has ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch Series is most of all about Harry Bosch. Since introduced in The Black Echo, the 1st book in the series, published in 1992, we have been part of his life. We have taken rides with this character, learnt more about him with each book and watched him solve mysteries seen the passion he has for justice.
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His character has developed throughout the series and he has become like a friend. Harry Bosch is not too perfect - he has emotional scars just like most of us. A
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L.A. Starks
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Barbara

3.5 stars

In this 19th book in the 'Harry Bosch' series, the detective is investigating two cases: he's searching for a possible heir and looking for a serial killer. The book can be read as a standalone.

*****

In this addition to the Harry Bosch series the detective has left the LAPD in difficult circumstances. He's now a private investigator and also works for the tiny San Fernando Police Department as a reservist (unpaid volunteer).



As the book opens Harry is hired by octogenarian billionaire
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Monnie
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It doesn't matter which of the author's series it is - the one with "Lincoln Lawyer" Mickey Haller or this one with private investigator Hieronymous "Harry" Bosch - when the latest edition is released, I want it - and I want it now. This one is no exception, and my 5-star rating says Mr. Connelly remains solidly on his A-game.

Of course, one might argue that with one, you get the other; in an earlier book, they - and readers - learned they're half-brothers. Ever since then, one has made at least
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Gary
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 21st book in the Harry Bosch series by my favourite author Michael Connelly. Having read and thoroughly enjoyed every book this talented author has ever written it is no surprise that I jump at the chance to read any new books. I really enjoy reading book series as it allows you to really get to know the main characters and you get a really good experience from not only the plot but all the sub plots etc. This is typical of that situation and I loved every page.

In this latest book Harry is
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Brenda
Harry Bosch, ex LAPD turned private investigator, was working voluntarily at San Fernando Police Department and his current case was the Screen Cutter, a brutal serial rapist they were desperate to put behind bars. Meantime he was called to the side of an elderly reclusive billionaire, and was hired to discover where the woman he’d loved many years prior had vanished to when she’d told him she was pregnant. Bosch signed a confidentiality agreement and set to work, sure he could discover an heir, ...more
Cindy Burnett
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Connelly manages a feat few authors can pull off successfully. The Wrong Side of Goodbye is the 21st book in the Harry Bosch series, and each installment further develops the Bosch character while involving him in yet another fascinating and unique crime that he has to solve. I just absolutely love this series, and The Wrong Side of Goodbye is fantastic.

Bosch is now working part-time (and uncompensated) as an investigator for the tiny San Fernando Police Department. He is working his
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Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Brilliant- always!

My View:
Michael Connelly never disappoints!

Harry Bosch is one of my favourite characters- I have loved learning his history, following his career, his relationships and seeing his dedication to his craft – solving mysteries and crimes, writing wrongs. I do not want this series to ever end. I am invested in the life this character. Keep on keeping on Michael Connelly.

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In this narrative we are taken back to Harry’s time in the “tunnels” as we compare Harry’s
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Jim
"Politicians could talk about building walls and changing laws to keep people out, but in the end they were just symbols. Neither would stop the tide any more than the rock jetties at the mouth of the port did. Nothing could stop the tide of hope and desire."

Harry Bosch has retired from the L.A.P.D. but he is not ready for sitting on a rocking chair. He is working as a private investigator. He is also a reserve officer for the San Fernando Police Department. As a reserve officer there is no
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Rob1109
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’ve written reviews for probably hundreds of books. But never before has one hurt so much to write.

I’ve always said there are two types of authors: 1) Michael Connelly and 2) everyone else.

What I mean by that is he stands apart from the rest of the pack. Some of my favorites are CJ Box, James Grippando, Brad Thor, Tess Gerritsen and Barry Eisler. But Connelly gets his own category.
It’s like when someone asks me what bands do I like. I mention several but never include The Beatles. Why? Well,
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Jean
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“There were people who would have no sympathy for her, Bosch knew. People who would argue that her remaining silent about the attack allowed the rapist to move on to the net victim without concern about police attention. Bosch could find some validity in that but he was more sympathetic to the plight of the silent victim. Without even knowing the details of how she had gotten to this country, Bosch knew her path here had not been easy and her desire to stay no matter what the consequences – even
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Jean
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Michael
I eagerly wait each year for a new installment of this detective series to come out, and if I can grab it before too many others at my local library I drop everything to read it. This time around I had two seasons of the TV series on early Harry Bosch to keep him fresh in my mind. At this point Harry is retired from the Los Angeles force, but splits his time doing cold cases part-time for the small San Fernando force while taking on private detective cases. For this novel he works a case of a ...more
✨Susan✨
Harry is part time with the PD on the cold case desk and a part time private dic. when he gets a call from an old acquaintance who does personal security for a well known billionaire. He does not plan on taking the case until a very old man appeals to the softer side of Harry. This addition is a good mix between tough unrelenting Harry and an Agatha Christi-esqu story line. Very good, fast paced caper that has a double story and double ending.
Mackey
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of Michael Connelly's and to say that I am a fan is a huge understatement. However, as both Harry Bosch and I have grown older, I felt we were drifting apart, going our separate ways into new interests perhaps. This book proved me wrong.
Harry Bosch is now retired, working as both a PI and as a non-paid reserve officer. There are two cases that are dividing his attention and, at first, both were slightly plodding and confusing. That, however, did not last long. As usual, Connelly
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Jeanette
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't a book I could fly through. And for me the driving and street directional L.A. copy went over the top- but that's in nearly every Bosch unless he gets a plane out for a day or two.

But other than that, it was a modern best seller copper fare that belongs on the high bar. And Connelly, even entering the third decade of Bosch books, has NOT gone the way of so many other popular series. His character is actually developing quite more, and being further defined. For instance, I could
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Karyn Niedert
“The Wrong Side of Goodbye”, coming out November 1, is Michael Connelly’s latest offering in the Harry Bosch series. I was fortunate to receive an ARC through Edelweiss and Little, Brown and Company.

Harry is enjoying his retirement from the LAPD by working as a part-time reserve officer in the San Fernando Police Department and working cases as a private investigator. He doesn’t advertise his willingness to take on investigations, but occasionally work comes to him through past LAPD connections.
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Judy Collins
Detective Harry Bosch is back at his "best" in Michael Connelly’s latest, THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE, delving into two story strands, both public and private with #21. Some new life directions for Bosch, as he continues to redefine himself.

Top Books of 2016!

This time around, Bosch is not chasing down a murderer, as usual; however, he is tracking down an heir to a California fortune, while time traveling back to the late 60s-70s and his time in Vietnam. A nice exploration of Bosch’s
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Sandy
4.5 stars

When you read a series that has been running as long as this one, it’s inevitable you’ll enjoy some more than others. This one is a keeper.

Harry Bosch is “retired”. After being shoved out of the LAPD, he got a P.I. license & also volunteers at the tiny, cash strapped San Fernando police department. Now he has 2 cases that prevent him from checking up on daughter Maddy as much as he’d like.

Whitney Vance is an elderly billionaire whose days are numbered. When he was 18, he fell in
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Harry Bosch (1 - 10 of 22 books)
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