This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Purchased. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.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
Length: 9 hours, 22 minutes
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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.