Not shockingly at all, retirement doesn't sit well for Harry Bosch. As we saw in The Crossing, neither does working for defense attorneys. So what's a guy like Harry Bosch -- with that strong sense of mission driving him for decades -- to do with himself when the LAPD forces him to retire?
Naturally, he's going to get a PI license and do what he can with. But there's going to be a dearth of clients that want him to investigate the kind of crimes he's driven to investigate. Thankfully, the San Fernando Police Department is suffering a horrible budget crises and can utilize him as a reserve police officer looking at cold cases (this is an actual thing that happens, and was suggested by a member of the SFPD to Connelly as something for Bosch). This is work for free, true, but anyone who thinks that Bosch is driven by money in any real sense hasn't talked to him for five minutes.
Bosch is hired by an elderly billionaire (at least), to hunt down a potential heir to his empire -- his family "forced" him to abandon a lower-class woman after he impregnated her in the 50's, and now looking at his mortality rushing to meet him, he wants to pass things on to his heir. He doesn't have much to give Harry to start from -- a name, an employer, and a time frame. That's it. He needs Harry to keep this to himself -- and has him sign a very tight non-disclosure agreement -- because he doesn't trust anyone in the company he's the head of. He's right not to trust anyone, as Harry quickly learns, but that's a whole 'nother story.
This case grabs Harry's attention, particularly when he becomes convinced that he's tracked down the heir -- who served in Vietnam at the same time Harry did. In fact, Harry's reasonably sure that they were briefly on the same ship at the same time. In addition to this being very interesting, watching Harry backtrack this man's family -- this focus on Vietnam gets Harry to reflect some on his time there, and even discuss a bit with Maddie. I think this is the most that Harry has talked about Vietnam since The Black Echo (feel free to correct me in the comments), and I appreciate reminding us where the character comes from.
As interesting as that is -- both through the procedure Harry enacts, what's revealed about the case and himself, plus the surprising amount of peril that beings to follow him -- the other case that Harry's looking into is more up his alley.
In the course of his duties as a reserve officer, he's been looking through cases that haven't been closed -- the one he's focused on now isn't a murder (as you'd expect), but is a serial rapist. Between the way the cases were reported, the staffing problems SFPD has, some jurisdictional issues, and (most importantly) language barriers, it wasn't until Harry started reading all the case files he could get his hands on that patterns started to emerge and a coherent picture of one criminal's work became clear. The SFPD detective that Harry's working with, Bella Lourdes, seems like a solid detective -- probably not as obsessive as Harry, but a dedicated detective. She's able to handle the interview side of things better than Harry, actually (see the language barrier, among other things). As things heat up with the other case, Harry can't get away and Lourdes ends up carrying the water on vital aspects of this by herself. It's one of the healthier partnerships Harry's had, really. But don't worry -- at the end of the day, this is a Harry Bosch novel. Not a Harry and Bella. Harry'll put all the pieces together -- but not early enough to keep things from getting pretty harrowing for all involved.
MIckey Haller shows up briefly early on, and I thought "oh, that was a nice cameo." But at some point, he becomes a strong supporting character -- as important to the private client storyline as Lourdes was to the serial rapist. I appreciated the smooth way that Connelly merged Haller into this novel. But that's not all -- Harry spent a moment thinking about Jerry Edgar (is that the influence of the Amazon series, or just Harry getting retrospective?) and there was a completely unnecessary -- but nice -- little appearance by Det. Lucia Soto. Unnecessary to the plot, but it shows something about Harry, I think, that wouldn't have described him a few books ago.
The mysteries themselves are a shade on the easy side for this series -- but the fun in this comes from watching Bosch chip away, step by step, through the process. Sure, he cuts a corner or five, makes several lucky guesses -- but we're not looking for verisimilitude here, right?
That said, there were several moments in the latter third or so that I assumed I had everything worked out -- and I was right as much as I was wrong. Connelly didn't cheat, but he zagged a lot when I was sure he was going to zig. At this stage of the game, for Connelly to be able to fool me that often, that says plenty about his skill.*
A good ride for old fans -- a decent (not excellent, but acceptable) place for a new reader to jump on -- The Wrong Side of Goodbye capably demonstrates why Michael Connelly in general, and Harry Bosch in particular, has been at the top of the American Crime Fiction scene -- and likely will stay there for quite some time.
*Sure, it could say something about me, and what kind of reader I am, but let's give credit ot Connelly's craft and not my gullibility, shall we?
german and english review
First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.
Ich muss unbedingt anfangen mehr Bücher der Autorin zu lesen, denn was ich hier gelesen habe, hat mir unheimlich gut gefallen.
Inhalt: Ab morgen wird Clare an der Ostküste studieren und Aidan auf ein College in Kalifornien gehen. Clare ist skeptisch, ob ihre Beziehung trotz der Entfernung zwischen ihnen bestehen kann. Dennoch lässt sie sich darauf ein, gemeinsam mit Aidan all die Orte aufzusuchen, die für ihre Liebe eine Rolle gespielt haben. Können zwölf Stunden Clares Entschluss beeinflussen? Im Morgengrauen ist der Moment der Wahrheit gekommen: Ist es eine Trennung auf Zeit oder ein Abschied für immer?
Fangen wir mit den Charakteren an. Ich liebe Clare und Aiden, getrennt von einander und auch zusammen. Sie sind manchmal Beide unheimlich frustrierend aber wer ist das schließlich nicht. Ich mochte sie Beide jedenfalls von Anfang an und sie sind mir im Laufe der Geschichte immer mehr ans Herz gewachsen.
Ich mochte auch die Nebencharaktere richtig gerne. Wir hatten Riley, Aidens Schwester. Wir hatten außerdem Clares beste Freundin Stella und Aidens besten Freund Scotty. Ich mochte die Beiden wirklich richtig gerne, genau wie Clare und Aiden, waren sie manchmal ein bisschen frustrierend aber sie waren trotzallem wirklich klasse (so als Randnotiz, ich würde gerne ein Buch über die Beiden lesen.)
Was ich auch total mochte, waren die Familiendynamiken in dem Buch. Die super Beziehung zwischen Clare und ihren Eltern, im krassen Gegenteil zu Aiden und seinen Eltern (hier mochte ich die Entwicklung im Laufe des Buches aber wirklich sehr).
Alles im Allen, ja die Bewertung ist kurz, weil ich nichts verraten will, mochte ich den Schreibstil richtig gerne und mochte auch die Geschichte an sich, genauso wie jeden einzelnen Charakter in dem Buch. Ich werde es auf jeden fall nochmal lesen.
I really have to read more books from the author, cause I truly enjoyed what I have seen of her writing in this book.
Summary: On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night leads them to family and friends, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?
Lets start with the characters. I love Clare and Aiden, separate from each other and together. They are both really frustrating from time to time but who isn't. I really liked them both right from the start and they grew more and more on me throughout this whole story.
I also really liked the side characters. We had Riley, Aiden's sister. We also had Clare's best friend Stella and Aiden's best friend Scotty. I loved these two a lot, they were also frustrating a few times but they were just amazing (sidenote, I would totally read a book about these two.)
I also loved the family dynamics in this book. The great relationship Clare had with her parents, and then the complete opposite with Aiden and his parents (I loved how this developed throughout the book, though.)
Overall, yes, I'm already done with the review cause I don't want to give anything away, I truly loved the writing and just really enjoyed the story and loved every single one of the characters. I will totally read this again.
A basketball game changed both their lives.
When they were only teenagers, Axel and Caxton were caught making out in the woods at church camp. And afterward, Cax disappeared from all the youth group activities.
Six years later, Axel is astonished to spot his first love’s face in the crowd of a college basketball game he’s watching on TV—at a school which has just offered him a job. It’s a thousand miles away, in a tiny rural town. But suddenly, he can’t wait to get there.
Cax can’t believe his eyes when Axel appears in the same Massachusetts town where he now lives. And he’s still just as drawn to Axel as ever. But he can’t let himself go there again, because loving Axel will mean giving up everything else he holds dear.
Both men have so much to lose. But as far as their love is concerned, it's Hello Forever.
Sabrina Bowen writes another amazing New Adult romance. I am not a fan of reunited tropes but Axel and Cax made me so happy they found each other. Renunited after being torn apart works.
This book has angst and laughter and just really good writing, plot and character development. The conflict is powerful and the pace toward happily ever after is just right.
Sexy and sweet. So good!
Der erste Eindruck von dem Buch war "noch so ein typischer Ratgeber" - da dieses Buch nur eine eher geringere Seitenanzahl hat und eine kompakte Größe, habe ich mir eigentlich inhaltlich nicht wirklich viel "neues" erwartet.
Aber ich wurde definitiv positiv überrascht. Schon beim Auspacken - das Buch hat ein tolles und ansprechendes Design.
Das Inhaltsverzeichnis ist sehr interessant aufgebaut und man bekommt gleich Lust, hineinzulesen.
Ich finde den Schreibstil in diesem Buch klasse - meiner Meinung nach hebt sich dieser von anderen Ratgebern ab, da er nicht so typisch "sachlich" ist, sondern er wirkt auf mich "persönlich" - man fliegt nur so über die Seiten.
Verschiedene Paarsituationen, werden geschildert - nicht selten erkennt man sich in diesen absolut wieder. Es gibt auch Tests die man selber durchführen kann.
Darauf folgen "Übungen"/Anleitungen, um an sich zu arbeiten.
Von mir gibt es eine klare Empfehlung für dieses Buch.