Bosch — A Great Example of a Solid Police Thriller

Amazon has released Bosch from the confines of their Prime program, out into the streaming/download wilderness.  I’m currently working my way through the four seasons already available.

Michael Connelly is the author of the Harry Bosch series of books the TV show is based upon.  It’s hardly a surprise that he’s executive producer of the show, too.  He also co-wrote the launch episode.

Because he has some input into the series, it is a faithful adaptation of the novels, and I started watching with my confidence high that I wouldn’t be let down.

I especially like the homage toward the books themselves–in the TV series, Bosch is living comfortably thanks to royalties from a movie made of “one of his cases”, and the movie poster on the wall that he nods to is the very first Harry Bosch novel by Connelly, The Black Echo.

Titus Welliver seems to be the ideal casting choice for Bosch.  He has perfected the self-contained loner attitude of hard-boiled heroes everywhere.

Bosch is a well-crafted police procedural.  It meets the genre expectations at every point, and delivers entertaining stories.  If you like the genre, give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.