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.

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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.

Cap­ti­vated byray­mond Chan­dler,michael Con­nelly de­ter­mined to be­come a crime writer.

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