Michael Connelly book launch in Harrogate

The Wrong Side of Goodbye

Michael Connelly’s new book is The Wrong Side of Goodbye

FANS OF thriller writer Michael Connelly and the Amazon Prime series based on his character Bosch may be interested in a special book launch the author is attending in Harrogate next month.

Presented by Harrogate International Festivals, an Evening with Michael Connelly is at 7.30pm on 18 October at the Crown Hotel. Attendees will be able to get his new book, The Wrong Side of Goodbye, on the day of its UK release. Connelly will be holding a book signing afterwards.

Gemma Rowland, Operations Manager at Harrogate International Festivals, which delivers the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, said: ‘Our crime writing festival is considered the best in the world. Michael Connelly routinely comes up as one of the most popular authors audiences want to see in Harrogate. It’s an honour that he has chosen Harrogate to appear on the date his book launches. The ticket price of £25 is also brilliant value. It includes a copy of the new hardback, which costs £19.99.’

Harry Bosch on Amazon Prime Instant Video

Connelly attended the Crime Writing Festival in 2005. He said: ‘Harrogate is a must. With beautiful locale, smart panels and superb author interaction, it’s one of the best festivals I’ve attended.’

The Florida-based author has sold over 60 million books. The multi-award winning novelist is known for his detective series featuring LA detective Harry Bosch. His novels routinely enter the number-one spot on the New York Times bestseller list. The first Bosch book, City of Bones, was released in 2002.

Connelly is also one of the writers/producers on the TV show, Bosch, streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

A former journalist, he was formerly a police reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He has written several stand-alone thrillers alongside his Bosch series, including the acclaimed legal thriller The Lincoln Lawyer, selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club.

Book online www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com or Box office: 01423 562 303

The Fall 3, Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan

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Curtain call – DSI Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson)

It’s all blood and guts as The Fall returns – but will it return to form?

★★★½ BBC2, Thursday, 29 September, 9pm

ANYONE IN TRAINING to join the medical staff of an ER department should watch this opening episode. It must be the most detailed depiction of operating on gunshot victims ever seen in a primetime drama.

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Get well soon – Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan)

From CPR to blood units to delving right into Paul Spector’s insides, few aspects of the procedure are spared. Half of the first episode is absorbed in blow-by-blow accounts of medical teams dealing with Spector and his injured victim Rose Stagg. Casualty is kids TV in comparison to this and new face Dr Joe O’Donnell (actor Richard Coyle) is virtually star of the show.

In terms of the drama, you wonder what the point of all this gore is. At the disappointing end of series two, we wondered why Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson had rushed to woman-killer Paul Spector’s side rather than that of the colleague she had recently slept with, the also injured DS Tom Anderson.

And would the much abused victim Rose survive her ordeal at his hands? Has Anderson made it?

Gillian Anderson is as icy as ever as Stella

These cliffhangers are forgotten for a while. In what is a rather strange return, The Fall instead focuses on Spector’s travails in the operating theatre. The medical emphasis seems to be pointing out the irony of the all the effort that would go into saving a vile murderer. As one of the medical teams at Belfast General Hospital says, ‘No expense spared.’

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Rebel with a cause – Katie Benedetto (Aisling Franciosi)

Eventually, we get some relief from sutures and spleens. Gibson is confronted about her apparent devotion to Spector and we find out about Rose and Tom’s long-term prospects. The pressure is also turned up on Stella as the police honchos suspect she is out of control.

Katie (Aisling Franciosi) is still the troublesome teen, ostracising family and friends in her desperation to rush to her imaginary lover’s bedside.

Happily Gillian Anderson is still on great form as the Ice Queen, inscrutable, talking in whispers. She has a lot more to do than Jamie Dornan as Spector, who gets to move a finger. And John Lynch looks as constipated as ever as Stella’s boss and ex-lover Jim Burns.

Will The Fall become The Fail?

I think The Fall lost so much viewer goodwill at the end of series two that many think it will never be anything other than The Fail. Writer Allan Cubitt had got inside the sick mind of a psychopath and set up the hunted-hunted theme brilliantly in series one. He also picked up several awards along the way, including a British Screenwriters’ Award.

Then there was that ending to conclude series two, which seemed to make nonsense of Stella as a character. I’ve heard of people close to the show also predicting that it’s going to be rubbish. However, that might be premature. I suspect Cubitt was setting up a cliffhanger with that finale and will backtrack by getting Stella in the groove once again.

And it wouldn’t be The Fall if if didn’t also chill us. Devotees will soon realise as episode one closes that the nurse attending Spector (new cast member Aisling Bea) is just his dark-haired type…

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Dream sequence – Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan)

Paranoid, ITV, Robert Glenister, Indira Varma, Lesley Sharp

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Dark motives: but do the police have anything to be paranoid about?

A shocking murder kicks off a tense conspiracy thriller

★★★★ ITV, Thursday, 29 September, 9pm

TV IS SO OBSESSED with crime drama that it’s hard for any new series to stand out from the mass of cops-and-killer yarns. Paranoid does stand out. It initially has the hallmarks of a traditional whodunit – but then pulls off the trick of veering into darker territory.

It starts with the shocking murder of a mother in a playground. You know the formula – star detectives in plastic suits turn up and make cynical comments to the forensics team.

And when CCTV fingers Jacob Appleby, a suspect suffering from psychopathic schizophrenia, it all looks straightforward. However, events turn more ominous.

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Too close for comfort?Indira Varma as Nina Suresh and Dino Fetscher as Alec Wayfield

Robert Glenister as Bobby Day

One of the detectives, Bobby Day (an affecting turn from Robert Glenister), thinks someone is watching the police. And when messages turn up at the police station for Day, it is clear there is more to the murder of mum Angela Benton, a GP, than meets the eye.

One of the messages – ‘You have no idea what you’re up against’ – is a clear warning.

What makes this mystery engrossing is the interesting characters writer Bill Gallagher has created. His credits include Lark Rise to Candleford and The Paradise, so Paranoid seems an interesting shift of gear for him.

The police characters certainly have their own demons. Bobby Day is suffering from panic attacks, which he tries to hide from his colleagues. [Read more…]

The Level, ITV, Karla Crome

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Peer pressure: Karla Crome (Nancy Devlin) and Laura Haddock (Hayley)

A rising female detective with an emotional attachment to a gangster is pitched into a world of danger

★★★ ITV, Friday, 30 September, 9pm

THE SCRIPT for this new ITV thriller was several years in gestation. It was time well spent because writers Gaby Chiappe and Alexander Perrin have come up with a taut gripper that has emotional punch.

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Karla Crome, Robert James-Collier, Lindsey Coulson and Noel Clarke

Karla Crome plays Nancy Devlin, a detective with a difference. She is inextricably linked to gangster Frank Le Saux – an affecting turn from Philip Glenister. Le Saux was a father figure to Nancy during her turbulent childhood. Meanwhile, his daughter, Hayley (Laura Haddock), became her best friend.

This compromising relationship has survived her rise to distinction as a detective sergeant. When we first meet Nancy she is being paraded before colleagues after saving her boss, Kevin O’Dowd (Downton‘s Robert James-Collier), from a lethal attack.

Nancy’s tracked by a killer

However, Nancy is also in the habit of giving Frank a wink if he ever comes under investigation.

When Frank then contacts her because he is in trouble, Nancy’s career is suddenly under threat, to say nothing of her life. As she struggles to avoid being implicated in a murder investigation, she is also being tracked by a killer.

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Laura Haddock as Hayley

The Level, which refers to an area of Brighton – where the six-part series is set – and the idea of being on the level, is a very effective thriller. It is fast and tense without implausibly stretching the story.

We’ve seen Karla Crome in series such as the excellent Prisoners’ Wives and Misfit. She has no trouble holding the limelight here. Laura Haddock, usually seen in big-budget nonsense like Da Vinci’s Demons, is spot on as the ballsy badgirl who was once close to Nancy. [Read more…]

Inspector Borowski, All 4/Walter Presents

Inspector Borowski on Walter Presents

An inspector calls – Borowski

German procedural that lacks the brooding intrigue of Nordic noir

★★½ All 4/Walter Presents, streaming from Friday, 16 September

SINCE THE KILLING revolutionised our viewing habits back in 2011, we’ve covered foreign-language series based in Italy, France, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Iceland, Switzerland, Croatia and even Montenegro. But during these five years Germany has not featured – until now.

So over on All 4’s Walter Presents foreign strand is Inspector Borowski, starring Alex Milberg as the ‘lone-wolf, perfectionist’ detective. The first story is Borowski and a Matter of Pure Taste.

On the basis of the opening episode, I would say the Germans have a lot to learn from their Nordic counterparts. Borowski is dated and a little plodding.

New female partner

Even the story, about an investigation into the death of a teenager after he has an energy drink packed with too many E numbers, doesn’t really make you sit up enthralled.

Borowski himself, who operates in the port city of Kiel,  just doesn’t jump out of the screen as a character, largely because the actor is given so little to do apart from wandering around asking questions. Oh, and he drives a knackered old VW.

However, while some dark and disturbing cases in coming weeks might inject real intrigue, the opener falls a little flat. Perhaps when Borowski gets his new female partner, Sarah Brandt (Sibel Kekilli), there will be a little chemistry to get things going, otherwise I can’t wait for the next German series.

Westworld, Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris

Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores in Westworld

Who am I? Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores

Holidays from hell in this imaginative update of the 1973 movie

★★★★ HBO and Sky Atlantic, starts October

OK, it’s science fiction and this is a crime site – but Westworld is also a thriller. We don’t often stray from the beat of cops and criminals, but occasionally there’s an intrigue with speculative elements such as Utopia or The Frankenstein Chronicles that we need to investigate.

'Westworld' is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. The one-hour drama features actors Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, and Simon Quarterman.

Playing god – Anthony Hopkins and Jeffrey Wright as Dr Robert Ford and Bernard Lowe

And having seen a couple of episodes of Westworld, it’s been a delight to get away from the more mundane fare (Lewis, DCI Banks, anyone?) for something this absorbing.

Westworld is based, in case you didn’t know, on the fondly remembered 1973 Michael Crichton movie, which starred Yul Brynner. Like Crichton’s blockbuster Jurassic Park, this was a yarn about a futuristic theme park gone lethally haywire.

Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood and Ed Harris

Westworld is the western-themed virtual-reality holiday camp where the rich go to indulge their dark desires, such as shooting villains or bedding prostitutes. This new TV version from HBO is much more sophisticated and beautifully realised than the original (watch a trailer for the movie here).

Thandie Newton as Maeve

Thandie Newton as Maeve

On top of that it has attracted the kind of brilliant cast even the movie could not (Brynner was on the wane in 1973 and Richard Benjamin was not quite A-list). Now we have Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright and Borgen‘s Sidse Babett Knudsen.

Where the movie was told from the vantage point of the two average joes on holiday in Westworld, the series focuses on the scientists and the artificial beings who populate the theme park. We first encounter Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), who wakes everyday and goes through the same narrative for the guests, or town ‘newcomers’ as she believes they are.

Who – or what – is the Man in Black?

Dolores’s life is on a Groundhog Day loop, only when she wakes every day and greets her homesteader father, she has no recollection of the day before. When she sleeps, her dreams are probed by the boffins – ‘Ever feel inconsistencies in your world?’

'Westworld' is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. The one-hour drama features actors Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, and Simon Quarterman.

Off script – the Man in Black

In 30 years there have been no critical failures at Westworld. Until now.

One cowboy, Walter, seems to have got tired of ‘buying it’ – or getting shot by the guests. And when Dolores’s father finds a discarded photo of a guest in modern-day New York, the image does not compute and sends him into meltdown.

Dolores herself even seems to finally be picking up on ‘inconsistencies’ in her reality. As for Ed Harris’s menacing Man in Black, he’s totally off script.

It’s a bold idea to take us into the minds of artificial beings who seem on the dawn of breaking free of their bonds, and adds a fascinating dimension to the original story. The story also breathes modern norms of computer technology, talking the language of program updates, new builds and system bugs.

Artificial Intelligence, sex tourism and sin

Which could be behind the malfunction. Anthony Hopkins plays the equivalent of Jurassic Park‘s Richard Attenborough character, Hammond, the brains behind the games. He’s been perfecting the software, which seems to be allowing the artificial beings to retain some memories.

Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores

Memories are made of this – Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores

Is he playing a dangerous private game? Or is he and his team just not as ahead of the curve as they have always thought?

The movie was certainly ahead of its time and today the ideas behind it are even more resonant. It looks into the worlds of artificial intelligence, sex tourism (with fembots), consciousness and even the idea of sin. It’s going to be intriguing to watch this unfold over 10 episodes.

There are even reports that HBO is already planning five series of Westworld, according to The Verge. With Game of Thrones reaching a conclusion, Westworld is apparently being lined up as heir apparent.

In a shootout between the two, I think Westworld looks the more provocative and engrossing.

The Out-Laws DVD review

★★★½

DVD release: Monday, 19 September
Rating: 15
Episodes: 10

If you missed it on More4 as part of the network’s excellent range of foreign-language series, now there’s a chance to catch up with The Out-Laws on DVD.

They do dark chocolate quite well in Belgium and it seems dark crime comedies are also a skill. The Out-Laws is a delicious tale of five sisters who can’t stand the vile husband of one of their number, the slightly dippy Goedele, whose other half is obnoxious Jean-Claude.

Whether he’s making insulting jokes about one of the sister’s infertility, showing the price label on a present he’s bought or making racist slurs, Jean-Claude is toxic.

The trouble is, no matter how much Eva, Veerle, Birgit and Bekka try to get Goedele to dump him, she won’t have it. So, the remaining four in-laws decide to become out-laws and kill the bastard.

However, Jean-Claude seems to have more lives than a cat.

The Out-Laws is full of malicious humour and has been praised mightily everywhere from Mumsnet to The Guardian. It’s also told in a delightfully offbeat format with the action switching from the present to the past, and back again.

Inevitably, the Americans are now making a US version. But don’t miss the original.

The Out-Laws

Dearly departed – not a dry eye for Jean-Claude, apart from his wife

Amanda Knox documentary on Netflix

Making a Murderer and the podcast Serial have given new impetus to the crime documentary. Then we had the drama The People vs OJ Simpson, which also addressed the interest in true crime. At the end of this month Netflix, which put out Making a Murderer, will have the latest film to explore the genre. Documentary Amanda Knox will revisit the murder of young British woman Meredith Kercher in Italy and the media frenzy that surrounded the accusations against Knox and her former boyfriend and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito, who together faced two murder trials and were acquitted both times. The film makes its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Friday, 9 September, and goes out globally on Netflix on 30 September. This trailer, which shows that Knox is interviewed exclusively for the film, looks a little sensationalist to me, but see what you think…