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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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