1. Over 50 million people can't be wrong.
Amongst Michael Connelly’s 27 books, there are 19 that feature our beloved Harry Bosch. With over 50 million copies sold - that’s a whole lot of quality material from a best-selling author, luckily for us. Being a crime journalist, Michael offers some of the truest writing in the genre, his characters and crimes are inspired from real-life subjects and have provided a breath of fresh air into what was often becoming a stale genre.
Connelly is also no stranger to critical-acclaim, having won nearly every major award given to mystery writers, including the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Macavity Award, Los Angeles Times Best Mystery/Thriller Award and a host of others. To cut to the chase, we think the quality of the author has enabled Harry Bosch’s rise from a sea of text to the sunny beaches of TV land, and we can’t wait to see his first steps.
Surprisingly, Bosch is a series that very nearly didn’t happen – it was only after industry heavyweight Eric Overmyer teamed up with author Michael Connelly that the series got the go-ahead. That, combined with a literal legion of excited and dedicated fans that shared and raved about the pilot…with that kind of support you know you’re in good company.
2. Michael Connelly was on board for the series too.
To the delight of fans and following the formula for great book-to-tv-adaptations, Michael Connelly was highly involved in every aspect of the series. After Amazon gave the green light for a 10 episode series, Michael took to the writing room every week. He was also ‘on the beat’ finding shoot locations and is the person solely responsible for casting Titus Welliver as Harry Bosch. Rooting for the project from day one, Connelly describes himself as something of ‘a cheerleader on the set’ – what an image!
Connelly ensures that no stone is left unturned in the series, from minor explanations of changes – Bosch having sold his story’s rights to be made into a movie instead of a TV show (slyly named The Black Echo after Michael’s first Bosch book) in order to afford his grand abode – through to thorough research into legal process. Michael included one of the stand-out lines from his books in the series; when asked how many people he has killed Bosch chillingly replies “I don’t know”. Touches of authenticity like this remind us we are in the safe hands of someone that truly cares about the quality and integrity of the characters and story.
3. Heard of a little show called The Wire?
Writer and producer Eric Overmyer of The Wire fame lends his creative might to Bosch, giving it a gritty reality and adding depth to our flawed hero’s struggle within a dysfunctional system of government. In another reality it’s possible that Harry Bosch and the infamous Jimmy McNulty could be siblings – the dubious and sometimes illegal methods they both employ to achieve justice is quite simply the best example of bad deeds resulting in good outcomes.
Marlo (Jamie Hector) pulls his socks up and makes an appearance – this time on the right side of the law – as Bosch’s poised and intelligent partner, while Daniels (Lance Reddick) maintains his position of authority as the stoic Lieutenant that hasn’t got time for your s**t. One thing’s for sure, Lance Reddick’s intense, wide-eyed gaze can still stare a hole right through anyone stupid enough to stand in its path.
Bosch inherits a lot from the show that redefined the genre, and this becomes apparent as it steers away from overly stylistic flair, cheesy one-liners and larger-than-life (sometimes bulletproof) characters. Like The Wire (and recently Game of Thrones), Bosch doesn’t baby the audience, and for that we are grateful.
4. Location, location, location (LA noir).
Michael Connelly was adamant from the start that every single frame from the series needed to be shot within Los Angeles as the city is at the heart of the story, almost as much as Bosch himself.
Preluding True Detective’s second season (also set in LA), Bosch aims to show a darker side to the city of angels, drawing on elements of noir and grit while also showcasing the life and pulse in the streets. The opening scenes of the first episode capture the feel of the entire series – the audience follows Bosch venturing on foot, tailing a suspect through bustling crowds, and ultimately stepping into a fatal confrontation in claustrophobic alleyways with unseen eyes.
It’s not all doom and gloom though – we are also allowed a rare insight into what makes LA so vibrant and livable as Harry navigates romance in bars, restaurants and along promenades seemingly made for lovers.
5. Hot in the city.
Rookie cop Julia Brasher (Annie Wersching) can’t be blamed for wanting to work with Bosch in more ways than one – who could resist that brooding charm and those piercing blues?
While it’s clear from the start that the cases come first, we can relax in knowing that there’s a softer side to our stalwart hero, as Julia comes to realize. As with case work, however, Bosch can be brash in matters of the heart, rough around the edges, but ultimately a big softie (which we love). With his stunning bachelor pad in the LA hills Bosch is perfectly placed to woo, and we discover a rustic yet smooth flair in his romantic tendencies.
It’s upon learning of Bosch’s past that we begin to see a clearer picture of his priorities, namely his relationship with his daughter Maddie (Madison Lintz) who lives in Las Vegas with his ex-wife Eleanor (Sarah Clarke). Outside the complications of police poilitics, murderous citizens and cold cases, our Harry definitely has a lot of love to give.