Mini-Review: The Late Show by Michael Connelly

Posted November 9, 2017 by Minx

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Mini-Review: The Late Show by Michael Connelly The Late Show by Michael Connelly
Series: Renee Ballard #1
Genres: Action, Contemporary, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Pages: 448
Length: 9 hours, 22 minutes
ISBN: 0316225983
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Minx's Rating:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly, a new thriller introducing a driven young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD

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.


I was excited to read The Late Show because I am a fan of the Harry Bosch series and was looking forward to reading a story with a female lead detective from Author Michael Connelly. I will say that the lead detective in this story reminded me a lot of Detective Antoinette Conway from the Dublin Murder Squad series by Author Tana French. So, if you are a fan of that series then this book is definitely something you will enjoy.

Renee Ballard was transferred to the nightshift, known as the late show, and although she has a partner that she can rely on, which is better than the fair-weather one she had previously, she wishes that she could “own” a case all the way through. Instead, anything that happens during her shift is handed off in the morning to the daytime officers who take it from there. Time take its toll and Renee develops an almost near desperation to follow a case through that leads her to inserting herself in a case that would have been best handed off.

Renee never considered that running with a case would take her to the places it did. Or cost her as much either. With twists and turns to amp up the mystery as well as the suspense, Renee finds herself in a situation that would take all the grit that this character has to see this situation through until the end. Which made for a great story! The Late Show was everything I was expecting it to be and I highly recommend this book to fans of police procedural fiction. You will not be disappointed.


About Michael Connelly

Author Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly is the bestselling author of twenty-eight novels and one work of nonfiction. With over sixty million copies of his books sold worldwide and translated into thirty-nine foreign languages, he is one of the most successful writers working today. A former newspaper reporter who worked the crime beat at the Los Angeles Times and the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Connelly has won numerous awards for his journalism and his fiction. His very first novel, The Black Echo, won the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best First Novel in 1992. In 2002, Clint Eastwood directed and starred in the movie adaptation of Connelly’s 1998 novel, Blood Work. In March 2011, the movie adaptation of his #1 bestselling novel, The Lincoln Lawyer, hit theaters worldwide starring Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller. His most recent #1 New York Times bestsellers include The Wrong Side Of Goodbye, The Crossing, The Burning Room, The Gods of Guilt, The Black Box, and The Drop. Michael is the executive producer of BOSCH, an Amazon Studios original drama series based on his bestselling character Harry Bosch, starring Titus Welliver and streaming on Amazon Prime. He is also the executive producer of the documentary film, SOUND OF REDEMPTION: The Frank Morgan Story. He spends his time in California and Florida.

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