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In the show’s fourth se­ries, Los An­ge­les homi­cide de­tec­tive Harry Bosch (Ti­tus Wel­liver) in­ves­ti­gates the mur­der of a lawyer, killed on the eve of a po­lice-bru­tal­ity trial.

homi­cide cop HARRY BOSCH probes the mur­der of an la civil-rights lawyer

WHEN IT COMES to slick, in­tel­li­gent US crime dra­mas, you won’t find many bet­ter than Bosch.

Based on the best­selling books by Michael Con­nelly, the se­ries is one of Ama­zon’s most pop­u­lar and long-run­ning shows, and stars Ti­tus Wel­liver as prickly, rule-break­ing Los An­ge­les de­tec­tive Harry Bosch.

As the show re­turns for a fourth sea­son this week, Bosch heads up a po­lice task force when civil-rights lawyer Harold Elias is shot dead the night be­fore he is due in court to rep­re­sent a black client su­ing the LAPD af­ter claim­ing he was tor­tured in po­lice cus­tody.

With the city’s black pop­u­la­tion now on the verge of ri­ot­ing, the homi­cide de­tec­tive is forced to in­ves­ti­gate the pos­si­bil­ity that one of his own po­lice col­leagues com­mit­ted the mur­der.

‘The vic­tim is a John­nie Cochran-style at­tor­ney, who is mur­dered on the eve of a big court case,’ ex­plains Wel­liver. ‘A lot of peo­ple have a mo­tive to kill, but it be­comes a race is­sue. There’s a lot of un­rest in the city that could boil over into a riot like LA had with Rod­ney King. The stakes are high for Bosch.’

As usual, there are a num­ber of dif­fer­ent strands to the se­ries. Last sea­son’s bad guy, the Kore­atown Killer, is still on the loose, while Bosch’s ex-wife, FBI agent and pro­fes­sional poker player Eleanor (Sarah Clarke), puts her­self in

great dan­ger when she be­comes in­volved with Chi­nese gang­sters.

At the same time, Bosch con­tin­ues to in­ves­ti­gate the mur­der of his pros­ti­tute mother when he was just 12, which has haunted him ever since.

Af­ter com­ing to be­lieve that in­for­mant Arno Ep­per­son was not the killer af­ter all, Bosch now sus­pects po­lice com­mis­sioner Bradley Walker of be­ing the mur­derer. Walker was a friend of Ep­per­son and used his alias to check into ho­tels with pros­ti­tutes, in­clud­ing Bosch’s mother.

‘The show draws on such strong source ma­te­rial with Michael Con­nelly’s books,’ says Wel­liver. ‘Bosch is a good guy who’s dogged in his pur­suit. If you were a vic­tim of crime, you would want a grinder like him to work the case, be­cause he just won’t quit, and that makes him re­ally in­ter­est­ing to play. It’s a very strong sea­son, and I think it’s our best yet.’


Af­ter liv­ing in LA for most of the year to film the se­ries, Wel­liver es­capes to his home in Con­necti­cut when­ever he can. The 57-year-old owns a prop­erty in the woods where he spends his time paint­ing, hik­ing and pad­dle­board­ing.

‘We have a lot of deer and spend most of our time out­doors,’ he says.‘pad­dle­board­ing can be very tran­quil and very zen. I can sneak up on a lot of na­ture, like blue herons, or ob­serve beavers build­ing their dams. It’s a won­der­ful thing to ob­serve wildlife up close.’

‘If you were a vic­tim of crime you would want a grinder like Bosch to work the case be­cause he just won’t quit’


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