The Late Show

The Late Show

Book - 2017
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"Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her own partner's wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. As the cases entwine they pull her closer to her own demons and the reason she won't give up her job no matter what the department throws at her."-- from author website.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316225984
0316225983
Characteristics: 405 pages, 31 pages ; 25 cm.

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LindaMarion
Aug 10, 2017

Enjoyable! Great new characters! Kept my interest and is full of suspense. Michael Connelly is one of my favorite authors. Looking forward to the next book!

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timettial1
Aug 10, 2017

Terrific new character. A real page turner. Can't wait for the next one in what is sure to be a long running character.

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USAF1969
Aug 07, 2017

Connelly introduces a new character, Detective Renee Ballard. There are Bosch traits in this new one that I enjoy, but some new traits that I also like. Still in all, we have another detective sort of on the outs with leadership, very focused on getting the job done and finding the bad guys, willing to stretch the 'rules' and work outside the box to get it done - more so than Bosch in some ways, and yes, quirky with a muddy past/childhood that plays into decisions from time to time. For a few chapters, I wondered if Connelly was going to pull of the transition of a male writer with a female lead character. I give him B+ on that score - but its a very credible effort for a first try with a new character. The story line(s) was excellent with multiple cases running simultaneously - one big one at the center of things though, that Ballard isn't even supposed to be working on (fun!). One thing about the way the story unfolded though was how Connelly walks the reader through the thinking processes Ballard uses to uncover clues, pondered optional theories and then sorted the out with some fits and starts - I liked that a lot. It wasn't overdone with pages of Ballard running around in her own head, but concise and clear analysis of what leads to what and why and how things fit together. Great ending. Loved the book and highly recommend it. Enjoy.

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pishposh9
Aug 06, 2017

I found this read to be very disappointing and plodding. It doesn't pick up until the end. The new character Ballard is coarse and dependent.

JCLHilaryS Jul 30, 2017

I loved reading the latest from Connelly with the new character of Renée Ballard. There are a lot of similarities between Ballard's and Harry Bosch's characters, and I hope that future books take the opportunity to distinguish Ballard and make her into as well-rounded a character as Bosch. I enjoyed the complex plot, and thought following 3 cases gave it a feel for the complexity of keeping many pans on the fire that being a police officer in a big city requires. It also kept the tension and pace on high, making it a very enjoyable read.

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LuvReadingStuff
Jul 29, 2017

This book does not disappoint the reader. I like this new character and look forward to future books.

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CarolMichael
Jul 28, 2017

Love Michael Connelly as a writer, but I did not think that this new book is as good as previous novels. Perhaps the new character will become as memorable as Bosch as Mr. Connelly develops her as a person in future novels. I certainly hope so.

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pterry25
Jul 24, 2017

A little slow at the start but picks up in the middle. I think this could be a fun series to follow.

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brianwalsh1948
Jul 23, 2017

Loved the new female detective. The writing is as good as the Bosch series and I hope he follows this book with more of the new female detective. Five stars!!!!

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bill556
Jul 23, 2017

For me, Connelly delivered again. His prose flows so smoothly and he does such meticulous research.
He is one of two writers that I wait for impatiently. I would give him 5 stars but then there would be no allowance for an even greater effort in the future. So 4.5 stars.

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