Bosch Episode Five: Mama’s Boy – Mason Cross Turns It In

We take a bit of a breather in episode five of Bosch. But there are key revelations nonetheless, and an up close and personal view of family life for the main players, with some real aha! moments . . .

This instalment of Bosch is a change of pace after the explosive climax of . . . I was about to say ‘last week’s episode’, but in this brave new world of instant video and binge watching, that could just as easily be ‘two minutes ago’.

‘Mama’s Boy’ picks up with a full-on manhunt for escaped serial killer Raynard Waits. Bosch briefs the troops and catches up with his colleagues on progress, but there’s no trace of their quarry.

As we soon find out, that’s because he’s gone to ground in an unorthodox way: moving back in with his elderly, partially sighted mother, played by Veronica Cartwright, who played helmsman Lambert in Alien. Cartwright brings some of that character’s expert nagging to the role, to the extent that we’re feeling some sympathy for the psychopathic killer after seeing a couple of domestic vignettes.

The ever-calculating Deputy Chief Irving sidelines Bosch from the action, leaving him free to carry on with the investigation into the murder of the Delacroix boy. He and Jerry Edgar drive out to the Valley to interview Delacroix’s father, who unexpectedly confesses within five minutes of being questioned.

Following an amusing interlude where their suspect pukes in the car and Edgar gets stuck with the clean-up in his new suit, they continue the interview downtown. It looks like the case is on track to be closed . . . but then why are there so many little inconsistencies in Delacroix Senior’s account?

It’s a relatively quiet episode all round, with the characters taking time to draw breath and compare notes after the shootings that concluded ‘Fugazi’. Bosch and Brasher go shopping for a birthday present for his daughter, Irving takes time to remonstrate with his son about his actions – actions that have ended up leaving Irving in Bosch’s debt – and of course there are our regular check-ins with Waits and his mother.

By the closing minutes, Bosch has made a key discovery, finding Polaroids that show Delacroix abusing his daughter – the woman who got in touch with Bosch to establish the identity of the bones found in the hills. Meanwhile Waits, understandably frustrated after spending a couple of days cooped up with his mom, decides to relax by indulging in a spot of murder.

The two cases seem very separate right now, but there’s still the unanswered question of how Waits knew about an item found with the bones of Edward Delacroix. In the best traditions of Los Angeles noir, I have a feeling that the two cases will dovetail again before the big finish.


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Mason Cross was born in Glasgow in 1979. He studied English at the University of Stirling and currently works in the voluntary sector. His short story, ‘A Living’, was shortlisted for the Quick Reads Get Britain Reading Award. The Killing Season is his first novel. He lives in Glasgow with his wife and three children. To find out more, visit Mason Cross’ website or follow him on Twitter and Facebook.