Monday, October 9, 2017

Crime & Beyond Book Club Reads Michael Connelly's The Wrong Side of Goodbye

The Denver-based book club Crime & Beyond recently met to discuss the latest Harry Bosch novel by Michael Connelly. Kerry Hammond is here to report.

Crime & Beyond met this month to read the 19th book in the Harry Bosch series by Michael ConnellyThe Wrong Side of Goodbye. We are big Michael Connelly fans and have read many of the Bosch novels and all of the Mickey Haller Lincoln Lawyer ones—and it’s always a bonus when each character makes a cameo in the other’s book.

The Wrong Side of Goodbye finds Bosch investigating a cold case of a serial rapist known as the Screen Cutter, as that’s how he gains entry to his victims’ homes. He is also working on a private case involving billionaire Whitney Vance, who at the age of 85 has determined that he wants an investigator to look into a possible heir to his fortune. Harry toggles back and forth between the two cases, which couldn’t be more different.

The book received great review scores from the club. We found it engaging, entertaining, interesting, enjoyable, well-written, and thought that it had well-drawn characters. Connelly is a great storyteller and his description of the LA area is always a great backdrop to the story. We were split down the middle as to those that found the Screen Cutter investigation more interesting versus those that preferred the inheritance investigation.

We had a few club members who had never before read Michael Connelly and they jumped right in at book 19 without a problem. They all plan to go back and start from book one in the series. We also recommended they try the Lincoln Lawyer series to read about Mickey Haller’s exploits.

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