How ‘Bosch’ Paved the Way for Jack Reacher, Kay Scarpetta and Other Book-to-Streaming Crime Solvers

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“Bosch,” the detective series based on the crime novels by Michael Connelly, celebrates the beginning of the end on June 25 when its final season launches on Amazon Prime Video. However, LAPD Detective Heironymus “Harry” Bosch (Titus Welliver) will continue on the screen in an upcoming spinoff series for Amazon’s ad-supported IMDbTV — and be joined in the streaming world by a squad room of other crime solvers like Jack Reacher and Kay Scarpetta who got their start in bestselling book series. Amazon is preparing a new “Jack Reacher” series, based on Lee Child’s bestselling thrillers, starring “Titans” alum Alan Ritchson as the former military cop turned one-man problem-solver. And Jamie Lee Curtis’ production company Comet Pictures and Blumhouse Television this month announced plans to develop a new series featuring author Patricia Cornwell’s forensic psychologist Dr. Kay Scarpetta. There has been an uptick in option/purchase deals for books and articles in recent years fueled in part by the explosion of streaming services clamoring for content. And bestselling authors like Connelly, Child and Cornwell have developed loyal fan bases as well as a consistent output of compelling stories that can unfold over the 10-episode seasons that streamers prefer. (Plus, every streamer...

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