I came to Bosch by word of mouth and online buzz; I haven't read any of the 21 books in Michael Connelly's series - yet! - so was able to view the show on it's own merits.
Starring the improbably named Titus Welliver, Bosch is a police procedural, but doesn't feel like the typical American cop show, it has a slower, more measured pace, introducing the characters and their world in a very organic way. Character driven, the show doesn't need a shoot-out or an explosion to advance the story; this is LA Noir by way of Euro Noir, and feels like something that could have come from the UK or Scandinavia.
Bosch is a veteran, with 20yrs or so on the Force, and Welliver plays him with a sense of world-weariness, plus a less than tactful rejection of "office politics." Something of a loner, he has more than his fair share of demons due to events from his childhood, and is driven to pursue justice for the victims of the crimes he investigates to the point of recklessness and insubordination.
To add to his worries he has a somewhat tense relationship with his ex-wife, plus a teenage daughter who insists, much to his dismay, on calling him "Harry;" when she arrives in LA to visit, his idea of "bonding" is to take her on a ride-along, and a practice session at a gun range! LOL! After bingeing my way through both seasons in only 4 sittings, just like Peter Falk in [[ASIN:B008RJ6TTC Columbo]], I'm finding it difficult to imagine anyone else but Welliver playing the character, and as it turns out, Welliver was Michael Connelly's first choice for the part!
Each season tells one complete story, although there are a number of sub-plots that start in Season 1 and are not fully resolved until Season 2, so it's obviously best to watch the show in order. Without giving much away, Season 1 involves the hunt for a serial killer who takes a very personal interest in Bosch, and Season 2 involves the murder of a businesssman who may have ties to Eastern European organized crime.
In-between Season 1 binges I went looking for "the book" the series was based on, and found that each season was based on elements from 3 different novels. Season 1 was based in part on City of Bones, Echo Park, and The Concrete Blonde, Season 2 is based on elements from Trunk Music, The Drop, and The Last Coyote. This is a pretty savvy move by the author and the production team, as those who have read the Bosch novels won't have read "these" particular stories.
The supporting cast is uniformly very good, especially Amy Aquino as Harry's immediate superior, "Lt. Grace Billets," as is Lance Reddick as "Deputy Chief Irving," who probably has the most extreme journey over the course of the two seasons of any character in the show. And a special mention goes to Jeri Ryan as "Veronica Allen;" she grabs the part of Season 2's whacked businessmans widow by the throat and doesn't let go!
The production values are all top notch, everything looks and feels authentic, as is the visually striking title sequence, set to an edit of [[ASIN:B00J24ZL6I "Can't Let Go" by Caught a Ghost]], which echoes Harry's love of classic Jazz, within a modern Downtempo electronica arrangement.
And as of the time of writing this review, Bosch Seasons 3 and 4 have been confirmed... I can't wait!