NEW YORK — Michael Connelly has offered greater than 85 million books underneath almost 40 titles, however there’s one other distinction that makes him equally proud: His most well-known protagonist, LAPD Det. Harry Bosch, has develop into the longest working character on streaming tv.
“I do know the historical past of streaming could be very brief, nevertheless it’s nonetheless one thing that we’re very, very pleased with,” Connelly mentioned.
Primarily based on his e-book sequence, “Bosch” ran seven seasons on Amazon, after which spun off as “Bosch: Legacy,” which premieres its second season Friday on Amazon Freevee.
However that’s not the one streaming sequence primarily based on his books — Netflix just lately premiered the second season of “The Lincoln Lawyer,” whose protagonist, Mickey Haller, is the half-brother of Bosch. Whereas the pair have appeared in books collectively, they’re unlikely to look collectively on tv as a result of they’re on separate streaming networks.
Just lately, the best-selling creator spoke with The Related Press concerning the legacy of his detective character, similarities he and his creator have by way of household life, and the way a lot Bosch is in him.
AP: How do you cope with the hole between the time the e-book was written and the altering values on the time of the sequence?
CONNELLY: I nonetheless haven’t written the right e-book but. And so that you do get an opportunity to retell issues. And there’s different dimensions to it. Like, we’ve tailored books which are nearly 30 years previous and 30 years in Los Angeles or wherever, the adjustments are wonderful. So that you’re routinely type of telling a brand new story. And that to me is refreshing and enjoyable. It’s an actual pleasure to be within the writing room I acquired to confess, it’s an enormous ego increase. All these individuals are speaking about one thing new created, a personality you created.
AP: What number of totally different adventures can Harry Bosch and these characters have on display screen?
CONNELLY: I preserve writing about them, so hopefully we gained’t run out of e-book materials. But additionally — particularly with ‘Bosch (Legacy’) — it’s a lifetime of its personal. Yeah. We use some books as type of like baseline story.
AP: However you’re going past the books?
CONNELLY: We’re in an space the place we’re actually exploring tales that aren’t taken from the books, and that’s very enjoyable to do. And consider it or not, then I take a few of that stuff and put it within the books. For instance, Maddie turning into a police officer was within the present earlier than it was in any of my books. Now it’s in my books.
AP: Is Harry Bosch something such as you?
CONNELLY: Little issues to make him an outsider. However he wasn’t sharing my DNA. I used to be fortunate and it acquired printed. After which they needed one other Harry Bosch story after which one other. And so finally you possibly can’t preserve that separation and also you begin sharing. There’s leakage from my life into his.
AP: What similarities do you might have?
CONNELLY: Most notably is that we’ve got daughters who’re the very same age and went to the identical colleges, and his daughter occurs to say stuff my daughter has mentioned to me. In order that to me was an enormous bridge between me and my character.
AP: The daddy-daughter relationship has develop into a trademark for you?
CONNELLY: Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller have daughters the very same age as my daughter. So I’m sharing that in each sequence. And I actually suppose it’s such a key a part of my very own life or any father’s life.
AP: How did all of it start for you?
CONNELLY: I’m a author as a result of I’m a reader. And the books that turned on that gentle for me had been the classics… I liked the personal eye novel. I like the outsider trying in.
AP: However your perception got here from being a newspaper reporter?
CONNELLY: I used to be a journalist for 14 years and I lined the police. I used to be good sufficient to say, ‘That is what I’ve that perhaps different writers don’t have,’ so I’d be a idiot to not use that authenticity to my e-book. So, Harry Bosch began out as a cop, and he was an outsider.
AP: Any probability that Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller will seem on display screen collectively, like they do within the books?
CONNELLY: That will be tough to do. You understand, if we might remedy the struggle in Ukraine, we’d have the ability to bridge the gulf between Netflix and Amazon. However they’re opponents and perhaps it was a mistake for me to take one sequence to 1 and one to the opposite. However I acquired two TV reveals going and so they’re each actually good. So, I don’t actually remorse it. However there’s a small remorse that within the books it’s essential that these guys cross paths… Mickey and and Harry may by no means be in a TV present collectively.