Review of ‘The Wrong Side of Goodbye’

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After being unfairly pushed out of his job at LAPD, Harry Bosch is doing occasional work as a PI and also as an unpaid reservist with the San Fernando Police Department. When one of the richest men in California hires him to find someone who ‘might never have existed,’ the child of his  relationship with a young Mexican cafeteria worker over fifty years ago, Harry has to balance this with his determination to catch the Screen Cutter, a serial rapist who has been terrorizing women in San Fernando.

Deeply involved in both cases, memories from his past come back to haunt him.

The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly is a fascinating story with what I like to call a parallel plot; two separate crimes with related elements, both of which bedevil the protagonist as he struggles to sort the clues he uncovers into the appropriate basket. The tension and drama in this story is as thick as L.A.’s smog, and it moves in a dogged pace, suitable for a middle-aged detective, until at the end it breaks into a sprint that will leave you winded.

I received this book as a gift. I give it five stars.

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