The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly


The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly was an Audible read.  It is the twenty-first installment in the Harry Bosch police procedural series.

The book was excellent, but what would one expect from Michael Connelly.  The writing and performance by Titus Welliver compliment one another perfectly.  Welliver is quite simply the perfect voice of Harry Bosch, and actor to portray him as well.

This book finds Harry working part time for a local police department and freelancing as a PI on his own time.  His step-brother, Mickey Haller has a supporting role in this novel as well.  The story is well plotted, intricate, and beautifully written.

However, there is a problem.  Harry fought in Vietnam and has been a police officer since returning from the war.  Fast forward to today, and Harry is not exactly a spring chicken.  In fact, he is too old to be working for any police department, let alone running around chasing bad dudes and winning gun battles.  Harry Bosch is approximately the same age as my father-in-law, who also served in Vietnam, and believe me when I say nothing scares me more than the thought of my father-in-law armed and pissed off.  Harry is a great protagonist and one of the greatest characters in the police procedural genre.  But, he is aging and behaving like he is a man in his forties not his very late sixties to early seventies.

I loved this book.  I enjoyed every single moment as I listened.  I can overlook the age problem that dogs the series.  The writing and character develop means each book is a joy to read.

Five out of five stars for consistent writing, deep character growth and development, and beautifully crafted stories.


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