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What’s new: Michael Connelly brings back Bosch, plus a thriller by Francesca Kay and essays by Peter Orner

"The Wrong Side of Goodbye" is the latest novel featuring detective Harry Bosch. Credit: Little, Brown

THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE, by Michael Connelly. Harry Bosch — Connelly’s L.A. detective, now the star of his own Amazon Prime TV series — is back between hard covers. This new novel finds Bosch, forcibly retired from the LAPD, now working as a volunteer for the San Fernando Police Department and doing private investigation on the side. (Little, Brown; $29)

AM I ALONE HERE?, by Peter Orner. A novelist (“Love and Shame and Love”) reflects on life and literature in this wide-ranging collection of essays. In a deceptively casual, intimate voice, Orner weaves readings of Chekhov, Kafka, Juan Rulfo, John Edgar Wideman and many more through recollections that are quietly quotidian or gravely momentous. (Catapult, $16.95 paper)

THE LONG ROOM, by Francesca Kay. This moody thriller, set in London in 1981, follows a lonely Englishman working for an intelligence agency who spends his days eavesdropping on wiretapped phone conversations between aging Communists and IRA operatives. But his growing infatuation with one subject’s wife leads him into dangerous territory. (Tin House, $15.95 paper)

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