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    Harry Bosch 

Detective III Hieronymus 'Harry' Bosch
"I believe you find the justice you can in this life, not the next one."
Portrayed By: Titus Welliver

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Book Bosch is entirely a loner. Moody, emotionally cut off and hard to work with. Series Harry is established as already being divorced with a daughter with whom he has a functional relationship with. He also gets on better with most of the detectives of Hollywood division.
  • Amicable Exes: Bosch and Eleanor get along fairly well. There's regular tension, though, because neither approves of the other's focus on work.
  • Cowboy Cop: Bosch will go after suspects on his own even though it is against LAPD policy. This leads to trouble for him as he faces a civil suit after shooting a suspect when there was no one else around to corroborate his story. He can, however, be quite diplomatic when dealing with fellow officers and urges Brasher to follow the rules so that she's not booted out of the force.
  • Cultured Badass: Bosch owns an extensive collection of jazz records that he listens to on a very expensive turntable.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His prostitute mother died when he was young. He was mocked by it when he spent time in foster care.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous:: In the books, Harry was regular light infantry (Albeit a tunnel rat). In the series, Harry is former special forces.
  • Experienced Protagonist: Had served in the US Army after 9/11 when he enlisted again after retiring from action in the First Gulf War prior to joining the LAPD. He was an experienced detective before the show starts.
  • Foster Kid: Bosch, after the murder of his mother.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: He's accused of breaking police procedures and local/state laws in the course of doing his job. Honey Chandler tries to paint him as such during the Flores wrongful death suit.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Honey Chandler, the attorney suing Bosch for wrongful death, thinks he might have fallen victim to this while pursuing the bad guys.
  • It's Personal: Bosch admits this in in the first season — his investigation of an abused and murdered boy is personal because of his own past as a victim of abuse.
    • When he finds out that Eleanor and Maddie were kidnapped, Bosch rescues them without police backup, taking only Jerry with him.
  • Mama's Boy: A light version of this. Harry loves his mother and the sacrifices she made for him. Her murder has him obsessive in his detective work and he's got a soft spot when interacting with prostitutes.
  • Overprotective Dad: He can be one towards Maddie at times, particularly in cases where his suspects are very connected.
  • The Stoic: Is pretty calm when talking to criminals he despises.
  • Son of a Whore: His mother was a prostitute. Harry remembers being called this word-for-word when he was an inmate at McLaren Youth Hall.

    Jerry Edgar 

Detective II Jerome "Jerry" Edgar
Portrayed By: Jamie Hector

  • Adaptational Intelligence: While the character in the books was portrayed as a decent cop, he improves in the series. In particular in the third season storyline adapted from A Darkness More than Night, Edgar takes on elements of the role of investigating Bosch and figuring out the holes in his story originally given to Terry McCaleb.
  • A Day in the Limelight: He gets an original storyline of his own starting in season 5 where he investigates the murder of one of his informants, and uncovers a larger criminal conspiracy.
  • Dark Secret: Avril is protected by the State department as an ally in Haiti so he can't be touched for Gary Wise and his dad, Dwight's murder. So he had no issue with Jerry ordering to put away his gun (Avril had just killed his former aide Toussaint in self-defense), that was when Jerry gunned him down. The police don't have any evidence Jerry wasn't protecting himself (especially as Avril had a recently fired gun on him), so he's unpunished though he has guilt-induced nightmares.
  • Experienced Protagonist: Like Bosch, he's an experienced detective.
  • It's Personal: He takes the murder of Gary Wise very personally, and it becomes even moreso when Jacques Avril proceeds to order the deaths of the corrupt cops who set Gary up, and then has Gary's father killed. This culminates in Jerry going to Avril's house and murdering him in cold blood.
  • Omniglot: He's fluent in Haitian Creole.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: As in the novels, where he is explicitly and frequently noted for being the best dressed guy in the division. It makes him annoyed in season 1 when he has to clean Sam Delacroix's vomit out of their patrol car and risk getting his clothes dirty. In season 6 when he and Bosch have to have their clothes destroyed due to cesium exposure, Jerry is pissed about having to lose his fancy tailored suit and his $400 dress shoes.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Uses a Mossberg 500 during a personal search op with Bosch to rescue Eleanor and Maddie. He later uses the LAPD-issued Remington 870.
  • These Hands Have Killed: He has a hard time getting over his use of lethal force on Woody Woodrow, given it was a split second decision.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He's on the receiving end of one in season 3 from Bosch when Bosch finds out about Edgar's investigation into him. Although Edgar admits to him what he and Billets really think (that Bosch is being framed by Andrew Holland), Bosch is unwilling to bury the hatchet until he has to counsel Edgar over killing Woodrow. Then at the end of season 3, Edgar delivers one to Bosch when he realizes Bosch was illegally surveilling Gunn and was there when the Tafero brothers killed him.

    Grace Billets 

Lieutenant Grace Billets
Portrayed By: Amy Aquino

The supervisor of the homicide detectives at Hollywood Division.

  • The Captain: Season 4 sees her temporarily promoted to Acting Captain for the duration of the Howard Elias murder investigation, as Captain Cooper happens to be out on a staycation.
  • Fiery Redhead: Well, deeply sarcastic auburn-head.
  • First-Name Basis: Her detectives have enough respect for her to address her by first name instead of by her rank.
  • Iron Lady: She has a strong sense of authority over the detectives in her command.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: She can be very touchy-feely with some of the detectives in her unit, and causes Vega much discomfort.

    Madeline "Maddie" Bosch 

Madeline "Maddie" Bosch
Portrayed By: Madison Lintz

Harry Bosch's daughter from his marriage to Eleanor.

  • Berserk Button: She flips off some paparazzi who try to accost her dad at their house over Andrew Holland's social media smear campaign.
  • Daddy's Girl: She's much closer to Bosch than Eleanor and her bond with Harry only grows after moving in with Harry after Eleanor's murder. She even snuck a peek on the D.A's files to benefit Harry during the unlawful arrest charge involving Preston Borders.
  • Damsel in Distress: She and her mother are kidnapped by Samoans in Joey Marks' employ in season 2 to leverage Harry into letting Luke Rykov go.
  • Generation Xerox: In Season 3, she's open to becoming a police officer. By Season 6, though, she's changed interests and is interning with Honey Chandler's law firm. Averted by the end of the show after Maddie submitted her LAPD application form. By Bosch: Legacy, Maddie's on her way to be an experienced uniformed LAPD officer. It helped that her parents are experienced law enforcement personnel in their own right.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Maddie takes on this role, serving as Harry's strongest emotional bond, and the one thing that truly keeps him from getting too close to the abyss.
  • Southpaw Advantage: She is left-handed, unlike her parents.

    Irvin Irving 

Chief of Police Irvin Irving
Portrayed By: Lance Reddick

Deputy Chief of Police for the West Bureau during the first two seasons, later promoted to interim Chief at the end of season 2, after Tinzer retires, and sworn in at the end of season 3.

  • Adaptational Heroism: While they occasionally find each other on the same side, for most of the novels Irvin Irving is Harry Bosch's enemy, an ally of Internal Affairs and political schemer who is usually trying to get Cowboy Cop Bosch fired. In Bosch, and especially in Season 2, he becomes something of a Reasonable Authority Figure, especially when he and Bosch are working the Carl Nash investigation together.
  • Adaptational Job Change: He never rose above Deputy Chief in the books, then retired to the private sector. Here, he becomes the full fledged Chief of Police at the end of season 2 and stays there the remainder of the show.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: He planted the seahorse pendant that was used to gain Preston Borders' conviction.
  • Honor Before Reason: In season 2, despite O'Shea promising to make him Chief of Police upon his election as Mayor, Irving is jaded by his son's murder and the brass attempting to sweep it under the rug. So he leaks a video of O'Shea's antics during the Reynard Waits case directly to the Los Angeles Times, immediately ruining O'Shea's election and Irving's own ambitions. Even when O'Shea's opponent, the incumbent Hector Ramos, wins and appoints Irving Chief anyway, Ramos has to beg Irving to stay on permanently.
  • It's Personal:
    • He undertakes his own investigation of his son's death when he realizes that the "Tenth Floor" will do anything to put a lid on it, since it involves Dirty Cops. Just because he knows how the game is played doesn't mean he won't break the unwritten rules.
    • It goes even further in Season 4. When Ramos is implicated in less than ethical dealings with Bradley Walker and other groups, Irving also leaks this to the press in order to take pressure off the LAPD.
  • May–December Romance: After he divorces his wife of 30 years, Irving gets romantically involved with Jun Park, a trauma counselor about 18 years younger than him.
  • Papa Wolf: After Irvin found out about his son's death, he secludes himself from his wife to the point of going on an investigation by himself to find out who got George killed.
  • Race Lift: Irving is white in the books but here is black.

Recurring Characters

Los Angeles Police Department

    Harvey Pounds 

Captain Harvey Pounds

Portrayed By: Mark Derwin

Hollywood Station's captain in season 1.

  • The Bus Came Back: He returns briefly in season 7, working with Internal Affairs.
  • Jerkass: He's incredibly unpleasant to everyone who's ever worked with him.
  • Never Live It Down: Everyone found Bosch throwing him through a glass window to be very cathartic.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: He's said to have been reassigned to the police department's art theft unit after the altercation with Bosch. No one's had to deal with him ever since.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the novel The Last Coyote he was killed as a result of Bosch's actions. In the series, the most Bosch does is throw him through a window.


Detective II Johnson aka "Barrel"
Portrayed By: Troy Evans
  • Been There, Shaped History: He was one of the investigators on the Tate-LaBianca murders and also pursued serial killer Richard Ramirez.
  • Black Comedy Rape: He's fond of a very specific joke about a hunter raped by a bear.
  • Those Two Guys: Often works with Crate.
  • Never Bareheaded: He's rarely seen without his porkpie hat.
  • Old Soldier: He's been on the force since at least 1968.
  • Reluctant Retiree: He finds himself being pressured into retirement after he gets into a collision with Officer Powers at the start of season 5 while responding to a pharmacy robbery. Subverted when he signs a five-year DROP contract right before his retirement party.
  • Really Gets Around: He's got three ex-wives, all of whom he owes alimony to. This is part of the reason he renewed his DROP contract.
  • The Vietnam Vet: Served in the Vietnam War and fought against the NVA in the Ho Chi Minh Trail.


Detective II Moore aka "Crate"
Portrayed By: Gregory Scott Cummins

    Julia Brasher 

Julia Brasher

Portrayed By: Annie Wersching

  • Cowboy Cop: Brasher's willing to get down and dirty while dealing with suspects.
  • Fair Cop: Helps that she's played by Annie Wersching.
  • Fiery Red Head: Comes with the territory of being a Cowboy Cop.
  • Meaningful Name: Brasher, who is eager to seek action and makes careless mistakes despite being repeatedly admonished for her behavior. She only gets to keep her job because she agrees to give false testimony against Bosch.
  • Nipple and Dimed: She is framed and shot very carefully, when she gets up from bed and goes to a window, to avoid exposing her nipples.
  • Put on a Bus: After one brief appearance in season 2, she's not seen again until season 7.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Julia wears a revealing dress when coming to see Harry in episode 1-4.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Her altercation with Johnny Stokes in the novel City of Bones results in her getting fatally wounded, while in this series she's saved by her vest.

    George Irving 

Officer II George Irving

Portrayed By: Robbie Jones

    Jimmy Robertson 

Detective III Jimmy "Santiago" Robertson
Portrayed By: Paul Calderón

A veteran Homicide detective who works at Hollywood Division during seasons 3 and 4, and Newton Division in season 5.

    Rondell Pierce 

Detective I Rondell "Ron" Pierce
Portrayed By: Da Juan Johnson

A patrol officer at Hollywood Division. Later promoted to Detective I right before the start of season 3. He's partnered with Robertson in seasons 3 and 4, then with Christina Vega starting in season 5.

  • Ascended Extra: He becomes a more prominent character in the stories after his promotion.
  • By-the-Book Cop: He's this to a fault. His insistence on reporting the fact that George keyed in an incorrect plate number so he could search Waits's van leads to several headaches later down the line. In season 6, Billets gets in trouble when Pierce decides to report Vega's discomfort with Billets' space invasions up to Captain Cooper.
  • It's All My Fault: Blames himself for George's death, thinking that George would still be alive and on patrol with him if he had let slide how George entered an incorrect plate number to justify pulling Waits over.
  • New Meat: Robertson and Bosch serve to break him in over the course of the Edward Gunn and Howard Elias investigations.
  • Salt and Pepper: After he's partnered with Vega in season 5.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: One of the more noticeable ones, since he switches from the patrol uniform to a suit and tie upon his promotion to Detective I. He spends seasons 3 and 4 carrying a tote bag around to him on crime scene work, and ditches it early in season 5 after getting Vega as a partner.

    Christina Vega 

Detective II Christina Vega
Portrayed By: Jacqueline Obradors

Pierce's partner beginning in season 5.

  • Hates Being Touched: She's very sensitive about Billets invading her personal space in season 6.
  • New Meat: In a variant. As a Detective II, she technically outranks Pierce, who is just a Detective I. But Pierce has more experience with homicide investigations while Vega worked the Robbery squad at Wilshire Division prior to transferring to Hollywood.
  • Polyamory: She and her husband are in an open marriage, with each having their own lover on the side.

    Amy Snyder 

Amy Snyder
Portrayed By: Winter Ave Zoli

  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: While on the Elias task force, she takes Bosch to task early on for treating her like dirt over her IA complaint against him.
  • Internal Affairs: Is involved in getting a case made against Bosch for his public altercation with Rick O'Shea.
  • Oh, Crap!: When she finds out that her partner was a Dirty Cop.

    Gabrielle Lincoln 

Gabrielle Lincoln
Portrayed By: Tamberla Perry

  • Dirty Cop: In league with Walker to leak evidence on the task force.
  • Internal Affairs: An IA officer alongside Amy.
  • Race Lift: She takes on the role that in Angel's Flight was played by the white John Chastain.

    Julius Edgewood 

Sergeant I Julius Edgewood

Portrayed By: Deji LaRay

  • Adaptational Heroism: In City of Bones, he killed Johnny Stokes as revenge for Julia Brasher's death. Since Brasher survived that scene in the show, that is done by Samuel Delacroix as revenge for his son Arthur's death.
  • Rank Up: He gets promoted to a Sergeant's position between seasons 5 and 6.

    Ray Powers 

Officer II Ray Powers

Portrayed By: Ryan Ahern

A patrol officer in Hollywood Division.

  • Adaptational Heroism: In Trunk Music, he was Tony Aliso's killer. In the show, he's not a dirty cop and has a recurring presence throughout the show.
  • Butt-Monkey: No one ever lets Powers forget his failure to glove up and contaminating the Tony Allen crime scene. In season 5, he sprains his leg when he gets into a collision with Crate and Barrel responding to an armed robbery-homicide at the Farmacia Esquivel and is confined to light duty at the station for several weeks. Then in season 6, he's shot and critically wounded by Travis Strout after the FBI escalate an already tense standoff.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: He decides to leave the department after getting shot.

    Eddie Arceneaux 

Eddie Arceneaux

Portrayed By: James Ransone

  • Dirty Cop: Part of Nash's crew, but is not particularly bright, considering he fell for George Irving's cover.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He hates it when he heard Nash boast that he used a pistol that has his fingerprints on it to assassinate George.
  • He Knows Too Much: O'Grady and Riley, under Nash's orders, kill him and make it look like a suicide since Carl was afraid that he could squeal to Internal Affairs.

    Maureen O'Grady 

Maureen O'Grady

Portrayed By: Leisha Hailey

A Vice cop on Nash's crew.

  • Dirty Cop: Part of Nash's crew.
  • Fair Cop: Her attractive looks allow others to underestimate her.
  • Sole Survivor: She is the only member of the ring still alive at the end of season 2, due to everyone else being killed.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: She fakes car trouble to bait Tony Allen into stopping for her, at which point Riley emerges and shoots him.

    Terry Drake 

Terry Drake

Portrayed By: Barry Shabaka Henley

A retired RHD detective who used to be Robertson's partner, and one of the defendants in the Black Guardian lawsuit.

  • Broken Pedestal: Robertson used to hold him in high regard until finding out that Michael Harris's accusations against him were indeed true.
  • Dirty Cop: He ratted out many of his colleagues at Rampart Division who were tied up in the corruption scandal, though his actions in Black Guardian suggest to Robertson that Drake was complict in the abuses that were going on.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He makes a few appearances in season 3 as a retired detective Robertson reaches out to for advice on pursuing the murderer of Edward Gunn, before having a prominent role in season 4.
  • Police Brutality: He participated with Sheehan in torturing Michael Harris.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We don't see what happened to him after Honey Chandler took up the Black Guardian lawsuit, but since Elias had a video of him and Sheehan torturing Harris, it's likely prison time was in order for him.

    Francis Sheehan 

Francis "Frankie" Sheehan

Portrayed By: Jamie McShane

Drake's partner and co-defendant in Black Guardian.

  • The Alcoholic: He's a heavy drinker, and his alcoholism is one thing that works in his favor as Bosch doesn't believe Sheehan would have the capacity to kill Elias with two precise shots like a professional.
  • Police Brutality: He's the one who shoved a pencil up Harris's eardrum.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the book, he's killed and ends up taking the fall for the Elias murder posthumously. In the show, he's kept alive.
  • These Hands Have Killed: Sheehan is haunted by killing a bad guy years ago. The shooting was justified, but Sheehan thinks about it every year on the victim's birthday.

    Christina Henry 

Christina Henry

Portrayed By: Bianca Kajlich

A Conviction Integrity Unit detective and ex of Bosch's who harbors a grudge against him in season 5.

  • Break the Haughty: The entire court scene is this for her, as Honey Chandler lays out all the evidence she might have found if she had actually investigated and hadn't accepted everything that painted Bosch as guilty without question.
  • Holier Than Thou: Any time anybody brings into questions her motives for going after Bosch, she goes on a rant about how corrupt/evil Bosch is. Of COURSE she's not out to get Bosch. Bosch is obviously guilty, and she's the intrepid crusader that's going to bring him to justice!
  • It's Personal: As she makes clear in every scene, pretty much everything she does in the investigation is colored by her preconception that Bosch is guilty.
  • Tautological Templar: Despite her partner's misgivings and very reasonable points he brings up, at no point does she even CONSIDER she might be wrong. To her, Bosch is evil and she's the one that's going to bring him to justice. Even after Honey Chandler's courtroom demonstration of how totally she has failed, she STILL can't accept that Bosch wasn't guilty.

    Dennis Cooper 

Captain Dennis Cooper
Portrayed By: Mark Herrier

Captain for Hollywood Station starting in season 5.

  • Bothering by the Book: The definition of this. He acts like he doesn't want to push through Vega's harassment complaint, he's just required by regulations. When called out on it by multiple people he just wrings he hands and claims he's just doing what he's required to do. Nobody actually buys it, and even Pierce, the quintessential By-the-Book Cop, sees through Cooper.
  • Da Chief: Of Hollywood Station years after Irving became the department chief.
  • Dirty Cop: He's massaging the stats to make Hollywood Division's numbers look good in season 5. It gets worse in season 7, where he tricks Billets into approaching a friend of his who owns a jewelry store, then frames her for theft by getting the owner to sell two sexist beat cops a set of earrings that he plants in Billets' car. Too bad for him, Billets calls in a favor with Vega and Pierce, who investigate the store owner and find leverage to get him to flip on Cooper. The last we see of Cooper is him being perp-walked out of Hollywood Station in handcuffs.
  • The Ghost: He's not present in season 4, as he's taking a staycation to break in a new TV he just purchased.
  • Jerkass: He often doesn't get along with Billets, especially after she reassigns Crate and Barrel to CAPS and they happen to discover evidence that he's been doing stat juking.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Although he and Billets regularly butt heads, he's not entirely wrong in suggesting that Crate and Barrel need to be cut loose because mistakes like their collision with Officer Powers could endanger other officers.

    Ryan Rodgers 
Portrayed By: MC Gainey

A retired detective who worked with Bosch on the Danielle Skyler murder case.

  • Dead Man's Switch: He interrogated police cadet Beto Frank, son of assistent chief Bill Frank, after Beto went out with some gangbanger friends of his who decided to participate in a drive-by shooting. Irving shut down the interview as a favor to Bill Frank, but Rodgers kept a copy of the interrogation tape...which his daughter gives to Barrel upon his death.
  • The Determinator: It took him several years, but he upheld a promise to Danielle Skyler's family to get her pendant back to them.
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: He suffers a heart attack in season 6 and is hospitalized. It seems like he's going to recover...only to have a second and fatal one.

    Ray Marcos and Daniel Arias 
Marcos portrayed by: Al Vicente
Arias portrayed by: Wilmer Calderon

A pair of Vice cops that Edgar crosses paths with in his investigation into the murder of Gary Wise.

  • Boom, Headshot!: Their fates at the hands of Winston and Marvel
  • Dirty Cop: They're on the payroll of Jacques Avril and set Gary Wise up to be murdered.
  • He Knows Too Much: Avril decides to have them killed when he learns they're close to being caught by IAD, since they're likely to flip.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

    John Felton 
Portrayed By: Sean Blakemore

    John Iverson 

John Iverson

Portrayed By: Michael Patrick McGill
  • The Bus Came Back: Reappears briefly in season 7 to assist Robertson and Bennett on the investigation into the hitman hired to target Franzen, Chandler, Maddie, and Judge Sobel.
  • Stealing the Credit: Thinks that he's doing his job when Bosch calls him out for trying to arrest Luke so that he can say that he arrested a suspect.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

    Jay Griffin 

Jay Griffin

Portrayed By: John Marshall Jones

  • Da Chief: In charge of the FBI's LA office.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: When Bosch and Jerry try to get Luke into LAPD custody, he tries to block their way by using the Bureau's jurisdiction to get them out of the way. They were nearly compromising Luke's cover with the Mafiya.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Wants to help Eleanor get back to the FBI since he doesn't like the idea that she resigned under a fake charge.
    • Bosch's opinion of him takes a 180 in Season 4 when Griffin leaks Eleanor's FBI status to the triad gangsters she was tracking. Even though being implicated in the death of an FBI agent drives them off US soil, Bosch is not happy with the gambit.

    Luke Goshen 

Luke 'Lucky' Rykov

Portrayed By: Matthew Lillard

    Jack Brenner 

Jack Brenner
Portrayed By: Adam J. Harrington

SAC of the FBI Counterterrorism task force for the Los Angeles field office.

    Sylvia Reece 

Sylvia Reece
Portrayed By: Julie Ann Emery

An FBI agent who is part of the Stanley Kent murder investigation.

    Clifford Maxwell 

Clifford Maxwell
Portrayed By: Carter MacIntyre

An FBI agent on the Stanley Kent murder investigation.

  • Detective Mole: He's the one who killed Stanley Kent.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: He commits Suicide by Cop rather than suicide by his own hand when cornered.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: After killing Stanley, he attempts to frame a group of sovereigns, namely Travis Strout, for their deaths. As it transpires, Travis was guilty of murdering a different member of the group who was an informant for Maxwell, though that's because Maxwell burned Craver first.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: He was having an affair with Stanley Kent's wife, and decided that murder was simpler than a divorce.
  • Suicide by Cop: Rather than commit suicide with his own gun like in the book, he draws for his gun when cornered by the LAPD, prompting Reece to shoot him.

Drug Enforcement Agency

    Charlie Hovan 

Charlie Hovan
Portrayed by: Celestino Cornielle

A DEA agent who is involved in Bosch's investigation into a pill mill in season 5, as well as Jerry's investigation into Jacques Avril in seasons 5 and 6.

  • Beard of Evil: The beard when coupled with a nice fedora helps make him look more like a criminal when he's going undercover to get to Avril.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Within Avril's organization, he uses Winston as a confidential informant, never knowing until near the end that Winston is one of the cop killers Jerry is pursuing.
  • Institutional Allegiance Concealment: Hovan pretends to be a Dominican drug dealer who needs cash laundered, in order to worm his way into Avril's operation. It works until his double agent informant burns him.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: He doesn't have any interest in helping Bosch and Edgar bring down the pill mill operation when the only byproduct of it is a pair of local homicides. He reconsiders, though, after Bosch comes back from infiltrating the mill and finds their base of operation.

Los Angeles City and County Government

    Hector Ramos 

Hector Ramos
Portrayed By: Yancey Arias

The Mayor of Los Angeles from season 2 through 6.

  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He listened to Irving when he agrees with him not to put out a sketch of the Koreatown Killer for fear of false information. However...
    • Corrupt Politician: Slowly becomes one near the end of Season 4 when he's seen striking a deal with Walker due to construction of a new building being made in downtown Los Angeles.

    Rick O'Shea 

Richard O'Shea
Portrayed By: Steven Culp

The District Attorney of Los Angeles County from season 1 through 4.

  • Amoral Attorney: Bosch accuses him of not doing his job during the Veronica Allen trial and letting the victims not have closure. He fires back on Bosch's supposed cowboy cop reputation. However, Bosch's accusations hold water, considering O'Shea's thinly veiled political ambitions throughout the first two seasons.
  • Jerkass: He's very quick to do anything to cover his own ass after Waits gets away due to a mistake that was his own fault (ordering for Waits to be unshackled) and will throw others under the bus if he has to.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: invoked His Mayoral ambitions go up in smoke when Irving sells the Waits video to the media. He stays District Attorney only to the end of his term. Between seasons 4 and 5, he's left office and a new DA, Rosalyn Hines, has been elected to replace him.

    Anita Benitez 

DDA Anita Benitez
Portrayed By: Paola Turbay

The DDA overseeing the prosecution of Andrew Holland in season 3.

  • Office Romance: Harry is dating her while helping her with the prosecution.
  • Race Lift: Janis Langweiser, Benitez's equivalent in A Darkness More Than Night, was white, whereas Benitez is Latina.

    Bradley Walker 

Bradley Walker
Portrayed By: John Getz

A Los Angeles City Councilman, and President of the Los Angeles Police Commission.

  • Big Bad: Of Season 4 (and some plots of Season 3).
  • Corrupt Politician: He starts off as a rich boy who likes to murder prostitutes and hide behind his father's connections and his friend's protected identity. Not only is he also involved in regular corruption, he continues to murder people who 'cross' him.


Season 1

    Johnny Stokes 

Johnny Stokes

Portrayed By: Shawn Hatosy

  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Since Brasher survives getting shot in the adaptation, Edgewood doesn't exact revenge. This role is filled by a vengeful Mr. Delacroix.
  • Off on a Technicality: He indeed killed the young Delacroix boy in 1994. However, he too was a boy in '94, and Los Angeles County didn't allow minors to be prosecuted as adults for murder until 2000. He served no more than the 48 hours in holding and walked free.
    Reynard Waits 

Reynard Waits AKA David Harris

Portrayed By: Jason Gedrick

  • Adaptation Name Change: His original name in Echo Park was Robert Foxworth. Here, it's David Harris.
  • Big Bad: Of the first season.
  • Coincidental Broadcast: A two-for-one in episode 1-2 ("Lost Light"), in which Waits, sitting in prison, hears a news update on his case followed by a news update on the dead child found in the hills.
  • Cop Killer: Kills DDA Escobar and wounds Crate while trying to "help" them show the location of a supposed corpse.
  • Depraved Homosexual: He is a gay serial killer, unlike in the book where he murdered women.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He's a devoted son to his frail, elderly adopted mother. This is eventually subverted when Waits kills his mother and leaves her to rot in her bed.
  • Meaningful Name: His surname.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: As shown by his plan to evade capture by shooting police officers.

Season 2

    Carl Nash 
Portrayed By: Brent Sexton

  • Big Bad: Of the second season.
  • Cop Killer: He orders the assassination of George Irving upon finding out he's an undercover snitch for Internal Affairs, and then Arceneaux after Bosch and Irvin Irving get to him.
  • Dirty Cop: Was a Rabid Cop; now, he leads a team of corrupt police officers in Season 2.
  • Rabid Cop: His public reputation in the force, which made IA give him the boot.

    Joey Marks 
Portrayed By: Tom Mardirosian

    Veronica Allen 
Portrayed By: Jeri Ryan

  • Adaptation Name Change: In the novels, she was known as Veronica Aliso.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: In cahoots with Nash to kill her husband and take his money.
  • Karma Houdini: Thanks to Chandler's discrediting of Bosch, Veronica goes free with a hung jury. The hung jury has major implications as it gives Andrew Holland's PR team something to use in their scheme to discredit Bosch's testimony against Holland. In season 5, Bosch has a brief run in with her when he shows up at Honey Chandler's firm seeking her services.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Veronica is killed in the climax to the novel but ends Season 2 of Bosch alive and facing trial.

Season 3

    Trevor Dobbs 
Portrayed By: Jeffrey Pierce

  • Big Bad: Of the third season.
  • Fallen Hero: By the time the third season starts, he started to smuggle money with his former subordinates.
  • From Camouflage to Criminal: Lead a team of ex-Green Beret commandos to smuggle contraband and illegal money to America.
  • Hero of Another Story: Once led a Green Beret team in ops throughout Iraq and Afghanistan. Now he's something of a Fallen Hero.
  • Team Killer: He kills Xavi Moreno when he realizes that Xavi's attempted assassination of Jerry Edgar has put the LAPD on their trail.

    Xavi Moreno 
Portrayed By: Max Arciniega
One of the soldiers in Dobbs's crew.

  • Boom, Headshot!: How Dobbs kills him.
  • Cold Sniper: He attempts to assassinate Jerry Edgar with a sniper rifle to avenge Woodrow's death.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Before Dobbs kills him, he hides the knife he used to kill Sharkey, knowing full well that when Dobbs gets busted, Dobbs won't be able to explain it away.

    Woody Woodrow 
Portrayed By: Christopher Backus

The third soldier in Dobbs's crew.

  • Cop Killer: Attempts to shoot Jerry Edgar when Jerry happens to catch him off-guard in public. Fortunately Jerry is faster on the draw and shoots him down before he can raise his gun to fire.

    Andrew Holland 
Portrayed By: John Ales

A movie director awaiting trial for murder.

  • Adaptation Name Change: In A Darkness More Than Night, his name was David Storey.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Holland only killed one person, whereas Storey was believed to have killed two people.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He hasn't lost his clout in the entertainment industry, allowing him to do things like secure Annabelle Crowe a cushy TV gig in Europe so she's unavailable to testify.

    Rudy Tafero 
Portrayed by: Arnold Vosloo

An ex-cop who serves as Andrew Holland's private investigator and fixer.

  • Dirty Cop: When he was a cop, he had a reputation of using a phony warrant to conduct warrantless searches. The one time he tried to use it while working with Bosch, Bosch told him to knock it off.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He very much loves his younger brother Jesse. When the police get ironclad evidence implicating Jesse in Edward Gunn's death, they arrest him figuring that Rudy will give up Holland to spare his brother from prison.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He takes offense at Harry accusing him of bugging his house (which was actually Woodrow's work). Rudy may do lots of dirty work, but he has lines he won't cross.
  • The Fixer: He acts as Holland's muscle to do most of the heavy work meant to discredit the witnesses who can put Holland away.
  • Office Romance: He is sleeping with Holland's attractive secretary/personal assistant.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He stole Holland's storyboards of the Edward Gunn murder and kept them at his house as insurance because he figured Holland might double-cross him. When busted, he agrees to wear a wire in which he offers to sell the storyboards back to Holland for a price to get Holland to incriminate himself.

    Marissa Mata 
Portrayed By: Justene Alpert

Andrew Holland's secretary.

  • Girl Friday: Holland's
  • Office Romance: She is dating Rudy Tafero.
  • Sexy Secretary: She's attractive and in her late 20s, and sleeping with Rudy Tafero
  • Spicy Latina: Her appearance as an attractive woman in a red dress leaves an impression with the bondsman she paid to post Edward Gunn's bail, and the description is enough for Pierce to identify her when he goes into the Holland murder book looking for someone on Holland's payroll who resembles that.


John Reason Fowkkes

Portrayed By: Spencer Garrett

Holland's lawyer.

  • Amoral Attorney: In season 3, he's complicit in helping tamper with witnesses against Holland, whether that be buying Annabelle Crowe off or smearing Bosch on social media. In season 7, it's revealed he's mobbed up and not above contracting murder for hire.
  • He Knows Too Much: Willy Datz has him killed by Charles Kipps as a loose end in the case against Carl Rogers.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: Has shades of this when contemplating social media slogans for their smear campaign against Bosch.

    Koreatown Killer 

Clifton Campbell

Portrayed By: Monti Sharp

A serial criminal terrorizing residents in Koreatown.

  • Beard of Evil / Bald of Evil: He has a distinct appearance: bald, thick beard, wearing a nice hat.
  • Drives Like Crazy: He's a very reckless cyclist, regularly cutting off other cars, and driving through intersections against the light. It eventually gets him killed.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: After several years of terrorizing Koreatown, he's abruptly killed by a hit-and-run driver.
  • Refuge in Audacity: He has the audacity to attend Police Commission sessions, and at one of them, taunts Irving (in the guise of a concerned constituent) for not being able to catch him.

Season 5

    Preston Borders 

Preston Borders

Portrayed By: Chris Browning

  • Adaptational Villainy: In the novel Two Kinds of Truth, Preston Borders' quest for a new trial and his allegations that he was framed are exposed as a complete con job. For the show, it's revealed that while Borders was definitely guilty, the seahorse pendant was planted, by Chief Irving, who was Framing the Guilty Party.
    Lance Cronyn 
Portrayed By: Jon Lindstrom
Preston Borders' attorney.

  • Amoral Attorney: He's running a scheme to get Borders out of jail then con the city through a wrongful incarceration suit.

    Kathy Zelden Cronyn 
Portrayed By: Avery Clyde

Lance Cronyn's wife and co-counsel.

    Dalton Walsh 

Dalton Walsh

Portrayed By: Chris Vance

The head of the pill mill that Bosch is investigating in season 5.

  • Evil Brit: Walsh is British and talks with an RP accent. He's a former Special Forces pilot who "went rogue".
  • Fallen Hero: Used to be a British commando who was involved in South America in the Cold War.

Season 6

    Alicia Kent 

Alicia Kent
Portrayed By: Lynn Collins

The wife of Stanley Kent, a murdered medical physicist.

  • Cryptic Background Reference: Alicia came into tremendous independent wealth due to a patent in her name, but it's never explained what she patented.
  • Femme Fatale: More or less a textbook example, who devised an elaborate scheme to have her husband murdered and make it look like the work of sovereigns.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In The Overlook, Maxwell kills her before killing himself. In the show, he dies through Suicide by Cop after Alicia is arrested and gives him up. She subsequently lives to stand trial.

    Jacques Avril 

Jacques Avril
Portrayed By: Treva Etienne

A Haitian mass-murderer and drug lord.

  • Asshole Victim: Gunned down in cold blood by Jerry Edgar in retribution for his many crimes, both in Haiti and the United States.
  • Dies Wide Open: Flashbacks to Edgar's shooting of Avril show his corpse in this state.
  • Falsely Reformed Villain: Avril ran death squads for the Haitian secret police. Now he presents himself as a legitimate businessman in Los Angeles while actually being a crime boss.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Avril's calm and friendly demeanor belies a cold-blooded nature.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Has a knack for weaseling his way out of facing justice at every turn. When he snitches on his own men, he also displays how skillfully he can manipulate them into unambiguously confessing to murder.
  • Slasher Smile: Frequently employed.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He has friends in the State Department who protect him.
  • The Stool Pigeon: When he senses that his men are turning on him, he voluntarily snitches them out to the cops, insulating himself from facing justice once again.

    Roger Dillon 

Roger Dillon
Portrayed By: Ashton Holmes

A crime scene biocleaner Bosch suspects of the decade-old Daisy Clayton murder.

  • Chekhov's Gunman: He makes a very brief appearance in the third episode of season 6, leaning against his work van outside the Ben Craver crime scene. He doesn't appear again until episode 8 when Bosch narrows in on him as a suspect.
  • Creepy Stalker Van: He has a white van with a mattress and chains in the back to subdue his victims.
  • Jack the Ripoff: He staged Daisy Clayton's killing to resemble the work of the Backseat Butcher, using withheld details from the crime scenes he learned by cleaning them up.
  • Karma Houdini: Dillon exchanges information about a human trafficking ring for a plea deal, bargaining his way into a manslaughter sentence for the killing of Daisy Clayton and a maximum of 11 years prison time.
  • Kick the Dog: In his very first on-screen appearance, he literally tries to kick a cat for no discernible reason.
  • Serial Rapist: He abducts and rapes adolescent girls, keeping their school ID cards as mementos. Once he's done with them, he delivers his victims to a child trafficking ring for a profit.

Season 7

    Mickey Peña 


    Eleanor Wish 

Eleanor Wish
Portrayed By: Sarah Clarke

Harry Bosch's ex-wife, and mother to Maddie.

  • Adaptational Heroism: In The Black Echo, Eleanor Wish is totally guilty of the offenses that got her fired from the FBI (and sent to prison). In Bosch Eleanor was fired from the FBI because she was a Fall Guy for misdeeds she wasn't really responsible for.
  • Amicable Exes: Bosch and Eleanor get along fairly well. There's regular tension, though, because neither approves of the other's focus on work.
  • Composite Character: The Eleanor Wish of Bosch is a composite of the Eleanor Wish character from the Connelly novels and another Connelly character, FBI agent Rachel Walling. Eleanor Wish in the books was the former FBI agent, later a professional poker player, who was the mother of Harry's daughter Madeline. Rachel Walling in the books is Harry's other former FBI agent girlfriend, the one who's a profiler, and who helps Bosch with the Raynard Waits case in Echo Park.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Eleanor was a FBI agent who was forced to leave the bureau under a questionable offense.
  • Due to the Dead: At the end of Season 4, the Boschs honor her wishes by cremating her body and put her ashes in the canyon where she took Maddie to take her picture after she was born.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Subverted. Eleanor Wish is killed in Hong Kong in 9 Dragons, while in this series she has returned to Los Angeles from Hong Kong, only to get gunned down anyways after a heart-to-heart with Bosch.

    Connie Irving 

Constance "Connie" Irving

Portrayed By: Michelle Hurd (season 1), Erika Alexander (seasons 2 and 3)

  • Amicable Exes: She's still nice and friendly to Irvin despite being divorced.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: For the first half of season 2, Irvin leads her to think that George is working a desk job when in reality he's doing dangerous undercover work for Internal Affairs. When the truth comes out after George is murdered by the corrupt cops he was investigating, she doesn't take it well, and files for divorce shortly thereafter.

    Honey Chandler 

Honey 'Money' Chandler
Portrayed By: Mimi Rogers

An attorney at Chandler, Schrieber, Mullins & Associates LLP who regularly crosses paths with Bosch.

  • Ascended Extra: She only has a few sporadic appearances in the first three seasons, first representing Roberto Flores' widow in a wrongful death suit in season 1, disappearing after the fourth episode. Then she represents Veronica Allen at the very end of season 2/start of season 3. From season 4 onwards, she's a more prominent character, taking on the role of the Special Master in charge of Howard Elias's work material for season 4. Then she represents Bosch when he's faced with a lawsuit from Preston Borders' conviction getting vacated in season 5. And in season 6, Maddie interns for her while she also represents Alicia Kent.
  • Decomposite Character: In Angels Flight, the special master for the Elias murder investigation was also Elias' mistress. In season 4, the character is split into two, with the mistress being Elias' jury consultant, while Chandler becomes the special master.
  • Jerkass: Smugly rubs in what she believes is the police's tendency to, "step on their dick".
  • Money, Dear Boy: In universe. After winning the wrongful death suit against Bosch, the jury awards his family the sum of $1 - Chandler admits that she is well within her rights to take a portion of that judgement. She won't, however, since she can bill the city of Los Angeles for her work. She plans on billing them $500,000, but expects that by the time the city fights and complains and tries to stall they'll probably settle for $250,000.
  • Omnidisciplinary Lawyer: In season 1, she's filing a civil suit against the LAPD on behalf of Roberto Flores's widow. She also does criminal law, appearing as Veronica's defense attorney in her murder trial and also defending Alicia Kent in season 6.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: She was killed by the Jack the Ripoff character in The Concrete Blonde, while here she survives, the Jack the Ripoff plot not being included.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In Two Kinds of Truth Bosch hires Mickey Haller to represent him when he's faced with the threat of a lawsuit. However Amazon does not have the rights to the Mickey Haller character, who was previously adapted in a film of The Lincoln Lawyer. So in Season 5 of Bosch, he hires Chandler instead.

    Hector Bonner 
Portrayed by: Ryan Hurst

Honey Chandler's private investigator.

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He may dress like a member of a biker gang, but he's a very skilled private investigator.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Much like Honey Chandler is standing in for Mickey Haller in Two Kinds of Truth, his background as a former member of a biker gang who reformed and went into private investigation work makes him a stand-in for Dennis "Cisco" Wojciechowski.

    Scott Anderson 

Scott Anderson

Portrayed by: Eric Laden

A reporter for The Los Angeles Times.

  • Blackmail: He attempts to blackmail Irving in season 6 into hiring him as a press secretary using a damning tape that implicates Irving in shutting down an investigation that could've sent an assistant chief's police cadet son to jail.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Early in season 5, he's the one who mentions the stat juking to Billets, something that Crate and Barrel later end up confirming.