Harry Bosch is back and I couldn’t be happier.
In a bit of random weirdness, I had started reading this and got to a bit of history on the 110 freeway when my reading was interrupted by a news alert. There had been a fatal accident involving a tour bus and a truck – on the 110. Freaked me out a bit.
When we last saw Harry, he was suing the city of Los Angeles for forcing him into retirement. He’s won his suit but made some enemies along the way.
Harry has his private investigator license, but no office. No, he’s not emulating his brother, Mickey Haller, AKA the Lincoln Lawyer, but with his skills and reputation, no office is necessary.
He’s also working as a detective, albeit a volunteer one, for the San Fernando Police Department. The small town has been hit with major budget cuts, leaving only 2 detectives on staff, so the chief is delighted to have someone with Harry’s credentials helping out.
SFPD has a serial rapist on their hands and Harry is making some headway into the case. Nicknamed the “screen cutter” because his MO is to cut open a screen to gain access to the home, he is raping women who keep their menstrual cycles on a visible calendar and attacks when they are at their most fertile – or clean.
On the private side of things, Harry is summoned with a $10,000 check to the home of a steel billionaire. He never married and is quite old, but thinks he may have had a child. He wants Harry to find out if he has any heirs. But billions of dollars are at stake and that could be dangerous.
Connelly is a master of detail; Harry’s time in Vietnam, his relationship with his daughter, now that’s she away at college, and all the fallout from his lawsuit with the LAPD just add more depth to the character.
Harry’s half brother, Micky Haller, has an important part in the story but doesn’t steal the show.
The two plotlines keep the pages turning in this fast paced, beautifully written tale. I can’t remember the last time a Connelly book didn’t make my best books of the year list, and this one certainly will. I read this book in one sitting, I couldn’t put it down.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; Michael Connelly is the finest writer today in crime fiction, bar none.
10/16 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE by Michael Connelly. Little, Brown and Company (November 1, 2016). ISBN 978-0316225946. 400p.