The Late Show

The Late Show

by Michael Connelly
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The Late Show by Michael Connelly

#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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316225984
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 07/18/2017
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 264
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Michael Connelly is the author of twenty-nine previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Wrong Side of Goodbye and The Crossing. His books, which include the Harry Bosch and Lincoln Lawyer series, have sold more than sixty million copies worldwide. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels and is the executive producer of Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. He spends his time in California and Florida.

Hometown:

Sarasota, Florida

Date of Birth:

July 21, 1956

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Education:

B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980

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The Late Show 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
WOW a new character thought he could never top his tried and true books,. A must read for all who love to dig deep and let the little details draw them in.
Anonymous 7 months ago
The new protagonist, Renee Ballard is someone I hope to read more about. She is a fighter with a great work ethic. Makes you hope there are real detectives like her out there fighting for the truth. There were at least three plot-lines woven perfectly throughout the story. I don't know how Connelly does it but the ending almost left me breathless! Five stars from me.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Good story but not near as good as the Harry Bosch books and the Mickey Haller books. I have reserved the newest Harry Bosch novel. I wish Connelly would write another Lincoln Lawyer novel.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Soso, hoping for a great character .
Anonymous 8 months ago
Would have enjoyed it more if it was like Harry and Mikey Haller in the relationships department. She had no friends..... Too sad.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Good story, unfortunately, too many story lines. It would have been more enjoyable if a little more focused.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Same old story line, reads like dictation. I miss Mickey Haller series!
LindsayS 7 months ago
I have been reading Michael Connelly's book since I was a young girl and he is easily my favorite author. I was so excited for this new character and even pre-ordered a signed copy of the book. Once I started reading it, however, I terribly disappointed. I appreciate the tenacity of the detective in seeking out justice but there was nothing else about her to find intriguing. (She's HOMELESS by CHOICE). Beyond the character, it seemed as if Connelly was trying too hard to put forth political and social agendas and I would have rather he just stuck to what he was good at -- crime novels! The actual storytelling was intriguing and impeccable as always, but there's so much peripheral to look past that it's almost not worth it. I will definitely be picking up the new Bosch book due out later this year but it will be a tough decision on if I'd ever pick up another Renee Ballard book.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Thoroughly enjoyed the new lead character, who is an ethical determined female, who, as my grandma used to say "has a hard row to hoe!" I was not sad at her supposed lack of relationships; I admire her lack of needy willingness to attach herself to those who do not measure up to her standards of honesty, loyalty & hard work. Besides she has a great dog!
Anonymous 6 months ago
This book did not meet my expectations from Michael Connelly. Don't think I'd purchase the second book with this character. I was really disappointed in that MC is one of my favorite authors. I anxiously await a new book from him and this one was a disappointment. In my opinion.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Another winner from a master of police procedure. His characters are so well defined and Ballard is a wonderful creation.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Can't wait to see where Mr. Connelly takes this new detective series.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Worth reading, it was very good
Anonymous 5 months ago
The Late Show proves that Michael Connelly can create a new lead character that draws the reader into the story just as his famous lead character Harry Bosch does.Ballard's leads us on a fast moving quest to determine who is guilty of a very heinous crime.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Great new female protaginist full of an interesting future. I hope many more books will be written in the series. Loved the science and police procedures in solving the cases. Book felt very current and modern with exciting new young Detective.
Anonymous 5 months ago
What was the motive?
Anonymous 5 months ago
Won't be disappointed.read it.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Almost always love Connelly's books, and this delivers with good pacing, a strong, complicated character, and an interesting mystery; a good "whodonit". Unfortunately, although we eventually find out whodonit, somehow I missed exactly WHY he/she did it. Five simultaneous murders committed in front of several people, perp finally caught, but no explanation to what led up to the murders that I could discern.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I love Connelly's Bosch series and Lincoln Lawyer. So I really wanted to like this new character Renee Ballard. But just wasn't hitting the mark for me. She's a surfer chick, homeless, sleep in tent on the beach, working late shift as detective? Come on, if she such a rebel is she really going to be a cop? Doubt it. The story was very slow. She goes against the grain on everything, works best alone and everyone against her. Just didnt buy it. The last portion of book was so choppy. Like Connelly wasnt quite sure which way to go. And then bam, its over. Disappointing, but i will try book 2. Hopefully a better storyline and Renee not such a Lone Ranger.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Edge of my seat reading I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Unexpected twists and turns to hold interest and keep the pages turning. Connelly delivered.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Not bad, but not his best.
Robynn 6 months ago
Renee comes across as wooden, robotic, with no female characteristics. The author turned Harry into a woman. Very slow start and it picked up towards the end. It reads like a police log. Renee has no life, no friends, no home. Very empty world for her.
Deb-Krenzer 6 months ago
Michael Connelly has a new series starring Renee Ballard and I am psyched! I love this character! Her boldness, relentlessness, and determination are just some of the traits of this ballsy character that I love! Renee has just been demoted to "The Late Show" which is the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift that no one really wants due to a sexual harassment allegation she imposed on her superior. Especially a stubborn, tenacious woman like Renee who wants to be able to investigate the cases and see them through. This determination, while an excellent trait for a policewoman, gets her into a lot of trouble at work and into some scary situations with some intimidating suspects. Keeping herself safe is foremost in her mind, however, she sometimes lets the heat of the moment and the risks fall wayside leading to her abduction and near death. I especially loved the ending. I had to read twice the part when the suspect was revealed. I could not believe it. I was so sure it was someone else. How did this other guy slip into that list? I surely did not see that one coming. Renee Ballard is definitely and going to be one of my favorite characters. I can't wait to read more books with her as the main character. Especially now that she has a "new job". Thanks to Little, Brown and Company and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Fast paced & great story line ... kept me engaged right to the last page!!!