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The cover for the bestselling novel THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE

THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE, published in 2016, is a mystery, thriller, & suspense novel by Michael Connelly. It’s book 19 in the Harry Bosch series.

THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE spent 2 weeks at #1 on the NYT Bestseller List. Between 2009 and 2018, Michael Connelly spent a total of 12 weeks at #1 on the NYT Bestseller list.

“By ‘taken advantage of,’ are you talking about me?” Bosch asked.


Harry Bosch is California’s newest private investigator. He doesn’t advertise, he doesn’t have an office, and he’s picky about who he works for, but it doesn’t matter. His chops from thirty years with the LAPD speak for themselves.

Soon one of Southern California’s biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire is nearing the end of his life and is haunted by one regret. When he was young, he had a relationship with a Mexican girl, his great love. But soon after becoming pregnant, she disappeared. Did she have the baby? And if so, what happened to it?

Desperate to know whether he has an heir, the dying magnate hires Bosch, the only person he can trust. With such a vast fortune at stake, Harry realizes that his mission could be risky not only for himself but for the one he’s seeking. But as he begins to uncover the haunting story–and finds uncanny links to his own past–he knows he cannot rest until he finds the truth.


The Wrong Side of Goodbye is used as an example in the following posts. Check them out!

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The Wrong Side of Goodbye is the 19th book of the series. NINETEEN! And yet, it works just fine as a standalone book. It’s the only book I’ve read in the series and I never felt bewildered or unsure about anything. With that being said, it’s probably a better book if you’ve read other entries in the series.

If this style of cop-crime-thriller-mystery fiction is something you enjoy, The Wrong Side of Goodbye will be a satisfying read. Even if it’s not your regular style of fiction (like me), it’s still an easy read.

There aren’t a lot of reviews online, so I’ll send you over to this one (or check Amazon):

Harry may have grown older, but he is still the most compelling anti-crime figure to have come out of L.A. fiction since the days of Raymond Chandler.

NY Journal of Books
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Writing Practice

Check out these writing exercises and prompts using THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE as inspiration.

Prompt: The Opening Paragraph(s)

This is the opening paragraph of the novel. Ignore everything you know about the story and use it as a writing prompt.

Your Task: Using as much detail as possible, write another 300+ words.

Chapter 1

Bosch didn’t mind the wait. The view was spectacular. He didn’t bother with the waiting room couch. Instead he stood with his face a foot from the glass and took in the view that ranged from the rooftops of downtown to the Pacific Ocean. He was fifty-nine floors up in the U.S. Bank Tower, and Creighton was making him wait because it was something he always did, going all the way back to his days at Parker Center, where the waiting room only had a low-angle view of the back of City Hall. Creighton had moved a mere five blocks west since his days with the Los Angeles Police Department but he certainly had risen far beyond that to the lofty heights of the city’s financial gods.

Exercise: Mix & Match

This exercise is all about being creative. We’re going to merge a character from THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE with a setting from LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD.

Your Task: Choose a scene from RED and write it featuring one of the characters from THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE.

Need An Idea?

  • Perhaps Bosch is investigating what happened at grandmas house.
  • Or, make Bosch the hunter who arrives at the end of the story.
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GenreMystery, Thriller & Suspense
First Published
Nov 01, 2016
Print Length
(according to amazon)
401 pages
File Size
(according to amazon)
15,456 KB
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
Goodreads Rating
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Amazon Rating
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