Bosch Episode Six: Donkey’s Years – Steve Cavanagh Tracks the Tension

A different side to just about every character comes out in this episode. The bones victim’s sister is not quite what we thought; we see a fresh side of Harry, visiting his daughter; and Brasher totally gives herself away . . .



A big thanks to my Orion buddy, Mason Cross, for his review of episode five. Here’s what’s next for Harry.

The tension continues to rise in the Waits case, as he taunts Bosch with phone calls and leaves a fresh victim in a hotel room.

Meanwhile, Bosch and J. Edgar continue to pound the unidentified bones case, and a striking discovery of old photographs in Delacroix’s drawer leads the detectives one way, then another. One thing is clear, though – the sister of the victim is not all she pretends to be. In fact, nothing is as simple as it appears in the Delacroix household, and Bosch decides to chase up some of the victim’s old friends to see if they can shed any light on the past.

Even Bosch needs a break sometimes, whether he wants one or not. In this episode we see a different side to Harry as he travels to Las Vegas to meet his daughter, Maddie, and her mother (Harry’s ex), former FBI profiler and now supremely talented poker player Eleanor Wish. Does Harry take Maddie to the movies? To the park? No way – they hit the shooting range with a .45.

A phone call brings Harry back to LA with a bang. Waits has called Harry from the scene of a robbery, and our detective begins to wonder at the fugitive’s shopping list.

The episode reaches a dramatic conclusion when Harry chases down Johnny Stokes, an old acquaintance of Arthur Delacroix, only to have Stokes bolt the scene with Harry and Brasher giving chase. Unfortunately, the rookie Brasher makes a potentially fatal error when apprehending Stokes – and it is that mistake which will prove the ultimate test for Harry and Brasher’s relationship.


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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.

Michael Connelly’s latest Harry Bosch book is The Burning Room, available from Orion.