Old Cops Meet New Technologies: Harry Bosch & Jack Reacher, 2007

Amusing this particular intersection of history where the living instruments of the law (cops, detectives, Special Forces, Army MPs) meet the live ones (text messaging, Live search, cell phones, Google…). What results is something Lacan called the ‘missed encounter’ — in other words, the subject is there, but somehow misses it, the thing, the point, the sense of it. So Harry Bosch meets the cell phone. And Jack Reacher meets the CD.

What also results is a humility, a vulnerability, a wry deference to the inscrutability of the new, the next, the insensible. Harry Bosch, stubborn, bullish, deductively logical, steps aside to let his farty new partner decode the victim’s cellphone. Jack Reacher manipulates the entire series of rational numbers in his head, but doesn’t own a cell phone.

Jack and Harry are both post-retirees. Jack flashes back to Heidelberg and Seoul; Harry to Vietnam. Neither are married, neither trust women, or men, for that matter.

Harry Bosch listens to Jazz saxophone and indeed so do we: Overlook features the original instrumentals of …. Jimi Hendrix’ second album, sixth track contains a secret message with the name of a DIA secret weapon. (Yes, this is a test. What song?)

P.S. The Coca-Cola Plastic Bottle Silencer in Connelly doesn’t work according to Childs. Not even if you use an Evian bottle.