BY THE BOOK
Author Michael Connelly has described his TV series Bosc h as a “remix” of the original stories. Here’s our reading guide to the Harry Bosch books adapted for the first three seasons.
SEASON 1 City Of Bones (2002)
The first season borrows heavily from this book, Connelly’s eighth Bosch novel. Harry and his then partner, Jerry Edgar, investigate the murder of a 12-year-old boy whose bones are found on a hill. Bosch also has a fling with a rookie cop.
Echo Park (2006)
This is the source of Season 1’s serial killer subplot. Raynard Waits confesses to murdering someone who has been missing for years – but Bosch doesn’t buy it. The District Attorney prosecutor’s attempt to capitalise on the case for political gain goes south when Waits escapes from custody.
The Concrete Blonde (1994)
This book’s story about Harry defending himself in court after shooting a suspect he’s pursuing for multiple homicides provides Season 1 with a minor subplot. It features mainly in early episodes and establishes Bosch’s impulsive personality and problems with authority.
SEASON 2 Trunk Music (1997)
Harry pursues organised crime in Las Vegas in this novel, which begins, like Season 2, with the discovery of a murdered film producer in the boot of his own car. Former FBI agent and professional poker player Eleanor Wish also makes an appearance.
The Drop (2011)
The idea of having deputy chief of police Irvin Irving recruit Bosch to investigate his son’s murder comes from this book. Here, though, Irving is a councilman and his son dies from a fall rather than a staged robbery.
The Last Coyote (1995)
Season 2’s minor subplot about Harry solving his mother’s murder is the focus of this novel. As in the show, crime reporter Keisha Russell points Bosch in the right direction – but here her tips help him uncover a deadly conspiracy.
SEASON 3 A Darkness More Than Night (2001)
Bosch becomes a murder suspect in this novel, which features another of Connelly’s recurring characters, former FBI criminal profiler Terry Mccaleb. The pair are investigating different murders but their cases intertwine, putting Bosch in what Connelly calls “morally dark waters”.
The Black Echo (1992)
According to Connelly, Season 3 begins with the first scene he ever wrote for this, Bosch’s debut in print. In the book, Harry investigates the killing of a Vietnam veteran, which awakens dark memories of his own experiences in that war.
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