Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly

29154543Harry 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 regret. When he was young, he had a relationship with a Mexican girl, his great love. But soon after becoming pregnant, she disappeared. Did she have the baby? And if so, what happened to it?

Desperate to know whether he has an heir, the dying magnate hires Bosch, the only person he can trust. With such a vast fortune at stake, Harry realizes that his mission could be risky not only for himself but for the one he's seeking. But as he begins to uncover the haunting story--and finds uncanny links to his own past--he knows he cannot rest until he finds the truth.

At the same time, unable to leave cop work behind completely, he volunteers as an investigator for a tiny cash-strapped police department and finds himself tracking a serial rapist who is one of the most baffling and dangerous foes he has ever faced.

I love books with names that sound interesting. This latest Harry Bosch mystery thriller, The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly, is one that I wouldn’t miss for anything in the world. And my optimism about the book was richly rewarded as this installment brings out the best in both the author Michael Connelly and his creation, the maverick but simply unpindownable and indefatigable Harry Bosch. Surely, our hero has come a long way since the release of the first installment, The Black Echo, in the early nineteen nineties.

In The Wrong Side of Goodbye, bestselling author Michael Connelly spins a nail-biting suspense-filled action adventure, weaving different threads into the story for an exciting climax. The main thread revolves around Whitney Vance, a reclusive billionaire who believes that his time is almost up, and must do something about it. He arranged a secret meeting with Bosch and pays $10,000. Vance tells Bosch that he has no heir to his empire and wants him to find out if his lover, a Mexican named Vibiana Duarte, who disappeared more than sixty years ago when he was about eighteen years old borne him a child. But it was to be investigated inconspicuously without the knowledge of the board of his company.

When Bosch sets out on the Vance case, he instinctively knew that it was like searching for a needle in a haystack. Daunting and dangerous! There are many who would prefer to let the fast sinking billionaire die a lonely death. Bosch also had to deal with the case of the serial rapist, who was nicknamed “Screen Cutter.” Author Michael Connelly crafted a wonderfully conceived story with diverse threads that will leave readers gasping for a breath or two. With the Connelly-twists and turns and an eclectic cast of characters, the story flows seamlessly from beginning to end. The sheer intensity of the plot and brilliance of Connelly leaves me wondering if I have just read his finest work to date.

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