Bosch – Amazon Original Series, Season 1 – SPOILER

Bosch, an Amazon Original series based on the novels of Michael Connelly, is a LAPD homicide detective that plays but the rules, most of the time.  Currently in its 2nd season, each season deals with a new crime that is investigated over the 10 episodes.

Season 1 focused on three of Connelly’s Harry Bosch novels, The Black Echo, Echo Park and Concrete Blonde.  The writers and director were able to combine these books into a cohesive story line that blends the plots of each novel into a tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat.  Each episode was able to draw me in and left me wanting more.  With over 21 books in the series, Amazon Productions will have plenty of material to draw from.

In season 1, Harry Bosch, played by Titus Welliver, is being tried for murder in the deadly shooting of a serial killer.  While he is nervous about the outcome, Harry plays it cool with his partner and boss.  If fact, he is cool and calm about most things.  During the trial, Harry and his partner J. Edgar, played by Jaime Hector, are called in to investigate the discovery of remains of a child found in the Hollywood Hills.

Bosch, a detective with powers of observation that leave you wondering how did he figure that out, also listens to his gut.  When the wrong man is suspected of being a serial killer, Bosch knows that the evidence just doesn’t add up.  The remains of the child lead to the family of a missing boy that disappeared years earlier.

A routine traffic stop leads to a new murder suspect that claims to have disposed of the body in the hills. BUT, is he guilty of that murder or of something more heinous?  Raynard Waits, played by Jason Giddrick, is superb as a killer with a score to settle.  He leads Harry on a game of cat and mouse through the remainder of the season.  Giddrick was so convincing that I was routing for him dismiss in any way possible.

While this is all going on, Bosch tries to balance his personal and professional life, but sometimes the line gets blurred.  He begins a relationship with a rookie that ends up putting both him and the rookie in a situation where each one’s judgement is called into question.  When he discovers that she is only looking out for herself, Harry ends the romance.  Needing a sense of harmony in his life, Harry is able to reconnect with his estranged daughter, who is living in Las Vegas with his ex-wife.  In season 2, Harry and J. Edgar take on a new case that will involve this reconnection.

Even though I do not have time to watch television, I will make time to watch Bosch.  I like the story line and will try to guess the solution before the detectives do.  Many times, I would plan to watch an episode to unwind after a long week at work and end up nearly binge watching.  I am just over half way through the 2nd season and the series was picked up for a 3rd!

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