Saturday, April 13, 2019

Bosch With No Badge: Crime Writer Michael Connelly Talks About ‘Bosch’ Seasons 5 And 6, His True Crime Podcast And His Next Novel

Colette Bancroft at the Tampa Bay Times offers a piece on crime writer Michael Connelly and his Amazon Prime Bosch series.

When Season 5 of Amazon Prime Video’s longest-running series, Bosch, drops on April 19, fans will see Harry Bosch as they’ve never seen him before.

“This is something different,” Michael Connelly says, “Bosch with no badge.”

Connelly is the author of a series — 21 and counting — of international bestsellers about the Los Angeles homicide detective. He’s also deeply involved in the TV series as an executive producer and writer, splitting time between homes in L.A. and Tampa, and between the solitary practice of writing books and the collaborative process of making television.

In earlier seasons, Connelly says by phone from L.A., “we were mining earlier books” for the TV series’ plot arcs. “This time we jumped all the way forward” to the 2017 novel Two Kinds of Truth for the Season 5 story. (The first five episodes were released to reviewers.)

In the first scene of the opening episode, viewers will see a grubby and limping Bosch (played by Titus Welliver) climbing off a cargo plane with a group of dazed-looking street people. They’ve arrived in the middle of the night at a scruffy campsite of old trailers and school buses, guarded by armed thugs. 

“We thought it worked well coming off of Season 4,” Connelly says of the scene. “Bosch had lost his former wife, who he still had a thing for, and he was teetering emotionally. People will wonder what happened” to get him to the camp.

Two Kinds of Truth, like all of Connelly’s books, weaves together complex strands of plot. Its main strands are a new case involving a violent ring of opioid dealers and an old murder case of Bosch’s that’s being reviewed because of new evidence, which could threaten his career.

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:

You can also read my Washington Times review of Two Kinds of Truth via the below link:

And you can read my interview with Michael Connelly via the below link:

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