Sunday, October 9, 2016

It's Bosch, B'Gosh

I found another excellent drama series that you can only see if you are a member of Amazon Prime—Bosch, about an LAPD detective introduced by novelist Michael Connelly. Connolly also authored The Lincoln Lawyer, which was developed into a 2011 movie starring Matthew McConoughey.

Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch is a veteran detective in the Los Angeles Police Department. He's pretty high profile, earning fame years earlier when Hollywood paid him handsomely to use his name for the lead (he calls it "technical advisor") in a highly rated TV series.

Bosch has appeared in 20 Connelly novels, The Black Echo (1992) being the first.

Personality-wise, Harry Bosch is uncompromising, a pretty serious guy who has a problem with authority. When told not to do something (which is pretty often), Bosch goes ahead and does it anyway. And that of course, gets him into trouble. But ... it usually turns out that he's right.

Bosch enjoys a solid supporting cast: 
  • Partner Det. Jerry Edgar (Jamie Hector): Clothes horse, efficient, smart and loyal.
  • Boss Lt. Grace Billets (Amy Aquino): Tough, understanding, down-to-earth with an uncensored mouth.
  • Bureau Commander Dep. Chief Irvin Irving (Lance Reddick): Always watching for threats to position and career.
  • Ex-wife Eleanor Wish (Sarah Clark): Former FBI agent, expert profiler, professional poker player.
  • Teenage daughter Maddie Bosch Madison Lintz), rather innocent but smart, headstrong, impulsive and curious.
  • Girlfriend, rookie cop Julia Brasher (Annie Wersching), not very ethical, recurring after season one.
I've just finished season one, which was based on three of Connelly's books. I'm now watching season two, based on three different books. Season three will start soon (either this fall, or early 2017) on Amazon Prime video.

I recommend this series, which I watch on my Roku 3. It's smart, it's gripping, and it's so damned entertaining. I think you'll like it.

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