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    Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch 

A LAPD detective and illegitimate child of Michael Haller Sr.

    Eleanor Wish 

Harry's wife, then ex-wife, and mother of their daughter Maddie.

  • FBI Agent: Eleanor was one until her involvement in the diamond thefts in ‘’The Black Echo’’ is discovered by Bosch. Bosch convinces her to come clean, and she spends a few years in prison.
  • Missing Mom: In ‘’9 Dragons’’, Eleanor dies in a shootout while she and Harry are trying to find Maddie, who has been kidnapped in Hong Kong.
  • Professional Gambler: Eleanor's new career after she gets out of prison. She's quite good as a poker player.

    Detective Jerry Edgar 

Harry Bosch's partner from The Black Echo until his first retirement after City of Bones.

  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He always wears expensive suits and is noted for being the sharpest dresser in Hollywood division. One time he wears a t-shirt to a murder scene in order to avoid the dirty work of notifying the victim's next of kin and gets stuck doing the paperwork instead of working the field.
  • The Watson: To Harry. Harry even jokingly calls him "Watson" during a flashback sequence at the beginning of Echo Park.
    Edgar: Why am I always Watson? Why can't I be Holmes?
    Bosch: Because Watson is the one who always talks too much. But if you like, I'll start calling you "Homes."note 

    Assistant Chief Irvin Irving 

One of the most senior members of the LAPD

    Lt. Harvey "Ninety-Eight" Pounds 

Harry's commanding officer until The Last Coyote.

  • Arch-Nemesis: To most of the homicide detectives, generally, and to Bosch in particular. Bosch eventually shoves him through his own office window when Pounds interferes with (and ruins) an interview with a suspect.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: And how. He spends the first three books in command of the Hollywood detective squads, despite having next to zero skill as a detective himself. He is quick to find creative ways to boost the homicide clearance rate of the division, but overall his efforts do more to impede his detectives than to help.

    Lt. Grace Billets 

Harry's commanding officer from Trunk Music until City of Bones.

  • Lesbian Cop: Used as leverage by a crooked assistant chief to prevent Harry from revealing information about that chief’s underling’s activities to the chief of police.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She takes over as commander of the Hollywood detectives following the death of Harvey Pounds and cares more about doing the right thing than playing politics or statistical games. Like Pounds, she also doesn't have a great deal of experience investigating homicides, but readily acknowledges this and knows when to stay out of the way. Harry admires and respects this about her, especially after working under Harvey Pounds. She remains Harry’s commanding officer until he retires at the end of City of Bones.

    Detective John "Sustained" Chastain 

An Internal Affairs detective in the LAPD.

  • Arch-Nemesis: To Bosch, until his death at the end of Angels Flight.
  • Dirty Cop: He was Howard Elias’ source for back-door information, which was eventually the motive for him killing Elias.
  • Internal Affairs: His job, which he does proudly and enthusiastically.
  • Killer Cop: He turns out to be Howard Elias' murderer. He also kills Frankie Sheehan to cover it up.
  • The Mole: He was this for Howard Elias.
  • Red Baron: "Sustained" Chastain. He investigates complaints against police officers, which can result in findings of sustained, unsustained, or unfounded. He has a high rate of sustaining complaints, and he wears his nickname like a badge of honor.
  • Who Watches the Watchmen?: A variant ("Someone has to police the police") is Chastain's Signature Line.

    FBI Agent Terry McCaleb  

    FBI Agent Rachel Walling 

  • Action Girl: Even though she is introduced as a profiler, Rachel is a very competent field agent as well.
  • Awesome by Analysis: A job requirement of being a profiler. Harry Bosch frequently calls her to make use of her skills, even though the FBI never returns her to the profiling unit after the events of The Poet.
  • Cowgirl Cop: After being demoted out of the profiling unit and reassigned to North Dakota following The Poet, Rachel’s attitude shifts towards the cowgirl end of the spectrum, especially when she teams up with Bosch during The Narrows.
  • FBI Agent
  • The Profiler: How she started in the FBI. Currently working in an intelligence role, but still used for this by Bosch on occasion.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Following the events of The Poet, Rachel is transferred from her profiler assignment with Behavioral Sciences in Quantico to the field office in Minot, ND. By The Narrows, she has moved up to Rapid City, SD, and afterwards has earned her way back into the Bureau’s good graces and works for an intelligence unit in Los Angeles.

    Michael "Mickey" Haller Jr. 

The eponymous Lincoln Lawyer from Michael Connelly's novels.

  • Amoral Attorney: Subverted. Mickey feels bad about helping evil people to get away with their crimes despite respecting their rights as his clients- though he does draw a distinct line between guilty and evil. He has absolutely no issues getting clients who are merely guilty off the hook.
  • Courtroom Antic: With frequency- one spectacular example involved subpeoning a witness just to force him to take the fifth in front of the jury in order to (successfully) distract them from his actual client, and in another case he actually faked a fight in a courtroom in order to force a mistrial.
  • Disappeared Dad: Haller Sr. passed away back when Mickey was five years old.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Mickey might be one of the relatives Harry Bosch met in the flashback featured in The Black Ice.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Harry Bosch’s younger half-brother, though they don’t meet until well into adulthood.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Mickey is one to some degree, praying up on witnesses', juries' and opposing council's emotional weaknesses in order to influence them and catch them off guard. He gathers as much information as possible and uses it to manipulate witnesses and prosecutors to bend his way. However, it is implied In-Universe that any lawyer worth their salt uses these techniques to some degree, on both sides of the courtroom, though prosecutors tend to think they are above these kind of underhanded tactics.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Half-white, half-Mexican.
  • Working with the Ex: His first ex-wife occasionally helps him with some work and his second one is his secretary.
  • Vanity License Plate: Seems to have a penchant for adding these to his signature Lincoln towncars: both “NTGUILTY” and “IWALKEM” have been seen.

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