Mickey Haller and Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch are both central characters in Michael Connelly’s novels and even though they are connected in the books, their screen adaptations are not going down that path.
Netflix’s The Lincoln Lawyer is specifically based on ‘The Brass Verdict’ by Michael Connelly which is the second book in the series while Amazon’s Bosch is based on multiple books written by Connelly.
Since they are written by the same person and set within the same city, Connelly decided to connect the two within his books. Harry Bosch is a detective in the Los Angeles Police Department and Mickey Haller is a Los Angeles defense attorney, meaning their professional lives also have an intersection.
Bosch regularly appears in ‘The Brass Verdict’ as he and Haller work together to solve the murder of a prominent Hollywood attorney. The biggest connection between them, however, is that they share the same father, J. Michael Haller.
Some of Connelly’s novels feature Bosch and Haller together as the primary leads as well. With both characters receiving the streaming treatment, questions of a crossover do arise, although it doesn’t look likely.
Connelly serves as an executive producer on both shows as well as the Bosch spin-off titled Bosch: Legacy. The writer stated in an interview back in 2022 that even though the characters are connected in the books, there are unavoidable roadblocks for them to cross paths on screen.
Since the two shows are developed by rival platforms (The Lincoln Lawyer by Netflix and Bosch/Bosch: Legacy by Prime Video), the possibility of a connection is highly improbable.
Bosch ran for seven seasons between 2014-2021 while the first season of Bosch: Legacy premiered on May 6, 2022, and has been renewed for a second and third season.
Meanwhile, The Lincoln Lawyer premiered on Netflix on May 13, 2022 with the second season based on ‘The Fifth Witness’, released on the platform on July 6, 2023 before concluding on August 13 of the same year.