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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harrybosch
Oct 19, 2017

Detective Renee Ballard is new and female character from Michael Connelly. She is a lot like Bosch, perhaps too much so, especially in her relations with brass and authority. Its a disappointing book, in that I was expecting something a little different from Connelly. Instead he has given us a female version of Harry Bosch. Tough, determined, inflexible, but just as unpredictable and just as willing to bend the rules. But also just as focused and relentless when it comes to pursuing the killer as is Bosch. She does not have a daughter, but she has a dog.

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nhoj
Oct 18, 2017

A new character for Connelly. A female police detective relegated to the night shift(the late show) can't keep herself from becoming involved in a multiple murder investigation even when told not to. She's an interesting character full of piss and vinegar and we are on her side.
Her intelligence sees her succeed even though she has a prickly personality.

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Tannisz
Oct 11, 2017

Excellent!

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kyle000
Sep 29, 2017

Great read! Five stars. ( can't change the stars designation)

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StarGladiator
Sep 08, 2017

Pure Connelly - - sweet perfection! Once again he captures the cop novel perfectly, and of the lone fighter against the infuriating organization out to get her, in this case. Excellent new character with an interesting profile.

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TechWriter1
Sep 02, 2017

This is a great start to a new character, Renee Ballard, from Michael Connelly. She exhibits some of the same stubborn independence, take no prisoners attitude, and "blue religion" characteristics as Harry Bosch so I expect more great stories as Renee finds her way within the LAPD.

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pennyyimking
Aug 31, 2017

not as good as BOSCH

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Pageburner
Aug 30, 2017

Looks like Connelly has found his 'new' Bosch. Slower start, mostly spent character building and then an accelerating plot with a satisfying climax. Credible, real and entertaining.

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schillea8
Aug 26, 2017

Was waiting with great anticipation the arrival of Connelly's latest character and she did not disappoint. Great story, good character development and a noted reference to "Bosch"!
Looking forward to more Renee Ballard!

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rewulff
Aug 21, 2017

Very disappointed in the profanity. Not necessary at all. I'm done with Connelly.

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