The Late Show

The Late Show

By Michael Connelly

  • Release Date: 2017-07-18
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
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Description

#1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly introduces Renee Ballard, a fierce young detective fighting to prove herself on the LAPD's toughest beat--the Late Show.
Renee Ballard works the midnight shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing few, as each morning she turns everything over to the daytime units. It's a frustrating job for a once up-and-coming detective, but it's no accident. She's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night Ballard catches two assignments she doesn't want to part with. First, a prostitute is brutally beaten and left for dead in a parking lot. All signs point to a crime of premeditation, not passion, by someone with big evil on his mind. Then she sees a young waitress breathe her last after being caught up in a nightclub shooting. Though dubbed a peripheral victim, the waitress buys Ballard a way in, and this time she is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her partner's wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. As the investigations intertwine, Ballard is forced to face her own demons and confront a danger she could never have imagined. To find justice for these victims who can't speak for themselves, she must put not only her career but her life on the line. Propulsive as a jolt of adrenaline and featuring a bold and defiant new heroien, The Late Show is yet more proof that Michael Connelly is "a master of the genre" (Washington Post).

Reviews

  • The Late Show

    5
    By greyts
    Outstanding!
  • Disappointing

    3
    By Bicyclekat
    I am a big fan of Michael Connolly, but I was very disappointed in this book. Renee Ballard is just a female Harry Bosch with a surfing habit. Spoiler alert: do we really need to have the female protagonist drugged, kidnapped and sexually assaulted by the crazed sadist and tied up naked? This is a well worn plot device that I expect lesser authors to use. I won't be reading other books in this series.
  • The Late Show

    5
    By BDH1954
    I have read them all. I always worry a bit when a new character is introduced . However it did not take me long to fall for her. Here is a detective who has significant experience, not unlike a Harry. She knows how to round the corners on police procedure, but she is honest. Unlike many detectives, she has some fairly healthy ways to handle stress, and there seems to be enough depth in her back story to create more stories. I saw some things coming, but was surprised by the ending. This was a very satisfying read. Welcome aboard to Renée Ballard.
  • Don't walk away Renee

    5
    By Crzyhrt
    Nobody does police procedural better than Michael Connelly. His new lead character is interesting and a super sleuth. Plotting is always a strength in his work and this one a challenge. He only knows how to write "page turners". Read it...
  • Late Show

    5
    By Super Clock
    Excellent. The book moves very well and the various plots and subplots keeps the reader from wanting to put the book down. Looking forward to his next book.
  • Hungry Dave says:

    5
    By Hungry Dave 18
    Great new character. Can't wait for more. PS you got the wrong guy for TV Bosch.
  • Stv bed dtrey f eddy

    5
    By grg cnsefbs
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  • Meh.....

    1
    By iParaglide
    I buy Michael Connolly books almost blindly since I discovered the Harry Bosch series. Other characters, some spinoffs of Bosch have also been pretty good. This book for me was subpar. I thought the main character was dull and non-relatable. The main culprit on the story line in my view "came out of left field". Not sure if Connolly is expecting to make a series out of Ballard, but I won't be buying after buying this one...
  • No surfer dudess!

    4
    By topthecharts
    Memo to Mike Connelly: For her next novel, please get Renee Ballard an apartment; her living in a tent on the beach, surfing by day while she works "The Late Show" is just too-far out!
  • The late show

    2
    By Say-Say Jane
    Not up to his normal standards.

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