Orion debut author Steve Cavanagh is as hooked as we are on the new Amazon TV series, featuring Harry Bosch, legendary hero of Michael Connelly’s novels. Here’s what he thinks of episode two . . .
My Orion stablemate, Mason Cross, and I are taking it in turns to review episodes of Bosch, the TV series based on Michael Connelly’s most popular creation. You can find Mason’s review of episode one right here. Now he’s tagging me in to take a look at episode two. And before you ask – yes, when Mason tagged me in we were both wearing spandex tights and wrestling masks.
First, I have to mention the show’s opening title sequence. Bosch fans will know that Harry was a former tunnel rat in Afghanistan, and the metaphor of a man moving through a dark tunnel towards the light is ever present in the novels and shows up more than once in the series. In the lead-in credits, the image of the LA skyline is mirrored so that it appears to the viewer as if Harry is driving though the dark tunnel of Los Angeles itself, towards the light. Slip a jazz track over those slick images, and you have a great opening sequence, setting the tone, character and location of the series firmly in the viewer’s mind.
In the opening scene of episode two, Harry talks about the tunnels of Afghanistan, and how he would switch off his headlamp in those tunnels and gaze at the strange light from the moss – the ‘lost light’.
Even if you’ve never read a Harry Bosch novel, you are immediately drawn to him, played to perfection by Titus Welliver, who is essentially the only true light in the darkness for the city’s lost and dead. HBO’s True Detective series, although brilliant, had some heavy and rather unrealistic dialogue to centre its themes, whereas Bosch seems to accomplish this almost effortlessly and with a good deal more subtlety.
Episode two introduces Raynard Waits, played by Jason Gedrick. I remember Jason from the action movie Iron Eagle and the much underrated TV series Murder One. In Bosch, he plays a malevolent soul, who we first meet cruising the downtown streets looking for a male prostitute. A routine traffic stop soon reveals that Raynard is carrying a lot more in his van than the cops first anticipated. That brings me to one of my favourite scenes in this episode, when Crate and Barrell interrogate Raynard about his disturbing cargo.
Meanwhile, the case against Harry continues, and he soon realises that somebody in his department is leaking information to Money Chandler, the lawyer suing Harry and the department for the murder of her client’s husband.
Things get a little more serious between Harry and Brasher (Annie Wersching), and there’s a great moment for Bosch fans when Brasher discovers a framed movie poster on Harry’s wall. The poster is from the movie that was made about Harry, and his first case – a nice update from the books to give fans a little thrill. The investigation into the bones of the young man found in the hills moves forward, with Harry identifying a potential suspect only to be met by a reporter who threatens to undermine the investigation.
Even at this early stage of the series, Harry is an outsider, besieged on all fronts: by his superiors in the LAPD; by reporters; by a snitch feeding information to his enemies. Despite this, Harry is determined to do his job and find the man who killed that kid in the hills.
We get a shocking revelation from Raynard which possibly ties him to Harry’s case, and Harry and Jerry Edgar get more than they bargained for when they push their main suspect. I can’t wait for episode three.
*puts on spandex, tags Mason Cross*
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Steve Cavanagh was born and raised in Belfast before leaving for Dublin at the age of eighteen to study law. He currently practises civil rights law, and in 2010 he represented a factory worker who suffered racial abuse in the workplace, and won the largest award of damages for race discrimination in Northern Ireland’s legal history. His first novel, The Defence, is published by Orion in March 2015. Find out more on Steve’s website.