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Six seasons down, one to go for Connelly’s ‘Bosch’

Dan Webster

Michael Connelly has been writing about Detective Harry Bosch since 1992. And Titus Welliver has been playing Bosch since 2014 in the Amazon Prime-miniseries titled, simply, "Bosch."

My wife and just finished binging on the sixth and most recent season of "Bosch," 10 episodes that follow several stories involving the tough Los Angeles Police Department homicide investigator as he works several cases at once.

The thing I like most about "Bosch," which was developed for television by the talented Eric Overmyer, is that it's as much about character as it is storyline. And as time passes, we get to know more about each individual character, from Welliver's Bosch to his partner (played by Jamie Hector), his daughter (played by Madison Lintz) and several others.

Network television tries to do the same thing, more or less. Still, the various crime shows such as "Law & Order" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and their several spinoffs more often than not follow a formula: Introduce a crime, get the principals to check out the standard series of suspects, and come up with a solution — all in an hour's time.

And some of them, "CSI: Miami" in particular, are almost cartoonish in their adherence to that formula.

As is allowed in cable shows that follow longer narratives, "Bosch" offers a much more complex set of criminal investigations. And each season takes a far more nuanced look at morality, individual and cultural.

I'm glad to learn that there will be a season 7. Almost as disappointed as I am that it will be the series' finale. But as Connelly, who is one of the executive producers, says, "It’s bittersweet, but all good things come to an end, and I am happy that we will be able to go out the way we want to."