With 'Bosch,' Amazon gambles on drama series

Titus Welliver, left, and Jamie Hector are LAPD officers Harry Bosch and Jerry Edgar in "Bosch."

Story highlights

  • Author Michael Connelly says the time is right for show about homicide detective
  • Amazon is happy to have book and broadcast rights to "Bosch"

(CNN)Get ready, binge-watchers: There's a new candidate for your consideration.

"Bosch" is set to debut Friday and will be Amazon's first foray into the world of original dramas. The streaming giant has found success with the transgender comedy "Transparent," which won Golden Globes for best TV series, musical or comedy and best actor for star Jeffrey Tambor.
But "Bosch" enters into the territory more familiar to competitor Netflix, which has several dramas, including the critically acclaimed "House of Cards." The Amazon series centers on Harry Bosch, the fictional LAPD homicide detective who is the hero of Michael Connelly's series of dark crime novels.
    The series is a bit of a gamble for Amazon and Connelly, but he calls the project a "no-brainer."
    He said officials at the online retailer first approached him, saying they liked the synergy of having both the TV series and the books on the site. Amazon sells thousand