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In this first installment of the Renée Ballard series, #1 bestselling author Michael Connelly introduces a "complicated and driven" young detective fighting to prove herself on the LAPD''s toughest beat (The New York Times).

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 heroine, The Late Show is yet more proof that Michael Connelly is "a master of the genre" ( Washington Post).

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PRAISE FOR THE LATE SHOW


" The Late Show introduces a terrific female character: Detective Renée Ballard. . . The pacing of Ballard''s debut story is breathless. . . Ballard is complicated and driven enough to sustain the series Connelly doubtless has in mind for her." ― Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"The most intriguing mystery in The Late Show, though, is Ballard herself. Connelly is too skillful to hand us her resume in one document dump; instead, he fills out her portrait with a subtle hand over the course of the novel, a little background here, a glimpse of her temperament there, the revelation of her unusual living conditions sketched in between."― Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times

"Det. Renée Ballard is a formidable character, an insightful and tenacious investigator with an unusual background and a sturdy personality to carry a series... Connelly has achieved success as one of the top mystery writers by continuing to keep his storytelling fresh. In The Late Show, he delivers an exciting police procedural with a unique character."― Oline Cogdill, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Few writers can capture the gritty streets of L.A.-and the inner workings of the LAPD-like Connelly."― Entertainment Weekly

"It''s a sharp move that allows him to shift his perspective in fresh and meaningful ways. Writing about the instantly appealing police Detective Renee Ballard also recharges Connelly, who has never been in better form."― Lloyd Sachs, Chicago Tribune

"Ballard is a force that with just one novel will easily be as beloved. There''s no doubt Connelly is a master of crime fiction, and The Late Show cements that reputation."― Jeff Ayers, Associated Press

PRAISE FOR MICHAEL CONNELLY:

"Michael Connelly is an undisputed master."― Chuck Leddy

"Any new book by Michael Connelly is a cause for celebration."― Jackie Cooper, Huffington Post

"A masterpiece."― Steve Forbes, FORBES

"Welcome Renée Ballard to the City of Angels'' crime fighting pantheon. . . Connelly excels at writing principled outsiders, and Renée Ballard hews to this archetype."― Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times

"More perhaps than any of Connelly''s much-honored other titles, this one reveals why his procedurals are the most soulful in the business: because he finds the soul in the smallest details, faithfully executed."― Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

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.

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Colonel DTop Contributor: Star Wars
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Room to grow for this new series from Michael Connelly
Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2017
3.5 stars for this new Michael Connelly novel which introduces another character in his L.A. universe, LAPD Detective Renee Ballard. Clocking in at 405 pages the pace is brisk and filled with the details of police procedure typical of Connelly''s popular ''Bosch'' series.... See more
3.5 stars for this new Michael Connelly novel which introduces another character in his L.A. universe, LAPD Detective Renee Ballard. Clocking in at 405 pages the pace is brisk and filled with the details of police procedure typical of Connelly''s popular ''Bosch'' series. Renee''s from Hawaii, single, and lives out of a van and sleeps in a tent on the beach with her rescue dog Lola- she''s essentially homeless by choice. She works what''s known as the ''late show'', the night shift at the LAPD where she was exiled after a failed sexual harrassment complaint against her supervisor. Her greatest frustration is not being able to follow through on cases and having to hand them off in the morning to the day shift detectives. In this novel Renee decides to swim up-stream and pursue two cases; a brutal assault of a transgender prostitute and a multiple homicide nightclub shooting on her own.

Overall I found this book engaging but was not all that enchanted with Det. Ballard. She is a loose cannon and she shares Harry Bosch''s iconoclastic anti-authority style. Bucking authority for a junior detective seems like a poor approach if she''s interested in career longevity; Bosch''s been around for decades and "earned" the right to challenge bureaucracy but Ballard has not. Unlike Bosch young Renee is tech saavy and we get a few too many details about what apps she''s using on her i-Phone and how she does internet data searches.

Her lifestyle is kind of weird, the sleeping on the beach thing to begin with and she''s apparently an insomniac who almost never sleeps. Why she rescued Lola the dog is a mystery as she''s always dumping her off with the ''critter-sitter'' and spends little time with her pet- she should consider getting a goldfish. The remaining cast of characters are not well fleshed out and fairly one-dimensional; perhaps Connelly felt he needed to spend the time in establishing Ballard''s identity. The plot is fairly tight and things wrap up reasonably at the conclusion but the motive for the nightclub shooter was unclear to me (maybe I missed it).

In summary, this new series from Mr. Connelly has potential and I would read another to see how things develop. I hope Det. Ballard rents an apartment, finds a mentor to help her dial back her attitude a bit, spends more time with her dog, and we get some more depth to the supporting cast.
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Michael P
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For Late Nighters, Insomniacs and Early Risers, Connelly Never Fails
Reviewed in the United States on July 18, 2017
I have been reading Harry Bosch novels for years and also enjoy the Amazon series "Bosch." "Trunk Music" was the first Connelly book I read and have not stopped reading him since. His attention to detail in investigations is authentic, superb and on the... See more
I have been reading Harry Bosch novels for years and also enjoy the Amazon series "Bosch." "Trunk Music" was the first Connelly book I read and have not stopped reading him since. His attention to detail in investigations is authentic, superb and on the level of Ed McBain or Joseph Wambaugh. He cranks out quality writing, but bucks the current trend in churning out books, to readers dissatisfaction, by not partnering with co-writers like some bestselling authors do to meet the demands of their readers.
Connelly does his own homework and we are the benefactor.

In his latest novel "The Late Show," Connelly has once again created a memorable a character like Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller with the introduction of Renée Ballard. If you are a fan of strong, well-defined characters in the vein of Patricia Cornwell (Kay Scarpetta) or Sue Grafton (Kinsey Millhone), then Renée Ballard might have you hooked from the start.

Renée Ballard does not listen to Jazz like Bosch, she surfs and is a California Girl. She has a partner like Bosch but has to work her way up the ranks beginning at the deplorable midnight shift, hence the book''s title ''The Late Show." Like Bosch, she has her character flaws, foibles and demons which makes her relatable. Connelly is best at weaving multiple cases to keep us engaged which is authentic to real life police and detective work. Their days are anything but routine.

What I enjoy best about Connelly''s writing, and is consistent in "The Late Show," is the great Los Angeles geographical descriptions from the streets, freeways, Hollywood and beaches like Venice. I live in L.A. so the visuals come to life on the page. Connelly characters are rebellious and always carry the anti-authority seed of "Dirty Harry."

Ditch your cell phone. Close your office or bedroom door. The Late Show is for late nighters, insomniacs and early risers. Connelly Never Fails to keep us continuously interested in his writing. I look forward to the next one.

I hope you found this review helpful.

© Michael P.
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George P. Wood
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A welcome new addition to the Bosch Universe
Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2017
When it comes to murder mysteries, Michael Connelly is my go-to author. If he writes it, I read it. So when I received notice that he was beginning a new series, starting with The Late Show, I pre-ordered the book months in advance and read it in a day once it arrived.... See more
When it comes to murder mysteries, Michael Connelly is my go-to author. If he writes it, I read it. So when I received notice that he was beginning a new series, starting with The Late Show, I pre-ordered the book months in advance and read it in a day once it arrived.

The Late Show introduces LAPD Detective Renée Ballard. Her star was rising in the Robbery Homicide Division (RHD) until a conflict with a superior officer got her busted down to working the night shift — the eponymous “late show” — in Hollywood. She used to investigate cases from beginning to end. Now, she rolls up on a night crimes and starts the paperwork, turning over the entire case to the day shift.

But when two victims — one a prostitute who (barely) survives a vicious beating and the other a waitress killed in a mass shooting event — cross her path the same night, she decides it’s time to follow the cases all the way through. It’s a high stakes gamble professionally, and it exposes her to grave dangers personally, but it’s a gamble she willingly takes.

Connelly is releasing his twentieth Harry Bosch novel, Two Kinds of Truth, this October. With Harry having reached retirement age, the Bosch Universe needs a fresh face. Renée Ballard is it, and if The Late Show is any indication, her stories are going to be very, very good.
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Mystery Woman
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I don''t get the great reviews. And comparing her to Bosch
Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2017
Well, if Connelly wrote this, it is storylines only. This is so filled with police "lingo" it''s unbelievable. Drove me crazy. Plus filler on top of that. The character Ballard really isn''t that likable either. And please, a tent on the beach and a dog that is... See more
Well, if Connelly wrote this, it is storylines only. This is so filled with police "lingo" it''s unbelievable. Drove me crazy. Plus filler on top of that. The character Ballard really isn''t that likable either. And please, a tent on the beach and a dog that is so obedient, but she never spends time with it?!? I don''t get the great reviews. And comparing her to Bosch. What an insult. I''ve read about 95% of his novels, and this is not Connelly. If it really is, then he needs to quit. I just gave it a two star because all in all I love his books. NOT this one. Note to author: write more Mickey books if you want to retire Bosch.
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csgreen
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The Late Show
Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2017
I love to read and have read many of Michael Connelly''s books which have been action packed,fast moving and reluctant to put down. The Late Show is slow, boring and it took a lot of effort to force myself to keep reading. After 3/4 of the way through I couldn''t take it... See more
I love to read and have read many of Michael Connelly''s books which have been action packed,fast moving and reluctant to put down. The Late Show is slow, boring and it took a lot of effort to force myself to keep reading. After 3/4 of the way through I couldn''t take it anymore and downloaded another book.
This is the first book that I have not finished in well over 2 years and I read about 1 book a week
I wonder if Michael Connelly really wrote this book . I was very disappointed and feel like I wasted my money
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Yo
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So Disappointed, Michael
Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2017
I''m a big Michael Connelly fan and was waiting for this book to come out. However, it was sadly disappointing. I kept asking myself, "did he really write this one, or is there a ghost writer?" Although I love his other books, I''ve always thought his female... See more
I''m a big Michael Connelly fan and was waiting for this book to come out. However, it was sadly disappointing. I kept asking myself, "did he really write this one, or is there a ghost writer?" Although I love his other books, I''ve always thought his female characters were shallow. As a prior LA area female law enforcer, I''ve never know women cops like the ones he writes about. Usually I just ignore those parts. So maybe that''s it, just can''t write a book with a female protagonist. However, like other reviewers wrote, this book was boring with too much detail that went nowhere. I couldn''t get through it in spite of the money I invested in it. I even paid extra to purchase it on the Audible Books app because, when I bought it, there was no option to add audible narration at a reduced price. I feel like I got ripped off and wonder if the positive reviews are fake.
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L.M. KeeferTop Contributor: Cooking
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A Gutsy New Female Protagonist by Connelly in a Compelling New Read - Loved It!
Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2017
Wow! I just finished this book and loved it. This may be my favorite book of Connelly''s so far. Renee Ballard is a gutsy female protagonist. She never has her "too stupid to live" moments. She''s intense, fearless, driven and smart. She doesn''t brook any... See more
Wow! I just finished this book and loved it. This may be my favorite book of Connelly''s so far. Renee Ballard is a gutsy female protagonist. She never has her "too stupid to live" moments. She''s intense, fearless, driven and smart. She doesn''t brook any foolishness from colleagues or higher ups.

She''s a surfer girl with a rescue dog Lola. They surf and sleep on the beach in a tent during the day, and then Ballard goes on the night shift or "the late show" where she was scheduled after she complained about the sexual harassment of a higher up. She works independently a lot, as she doesn''t know who she can trust.

A typical night might involve a burglary, an attempted murder and a shooting in a bar. Ballard''s frustration is that on the night shift you rarely investigate these crimes yourself, but turn them over to colleagues who may not be as driven to find the bad guys and protect the innocent. Ballard tries to find her way around that which can get her into trouble.

I hope Connelly continues with this character, and Amazon turns it into a show. This was an original and refreshing read. I''m going to recommend it to our library mystery book club for a monthly selection. Now, we only have to wait until October for our next Bosch hit.
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Donald W Dorr-Bremme
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Well Below Connelly''s Standard
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2017
I usually find Connelly''s novels a fun read. They draw me in, keep me engaged. Not so with this one. I found it hard to care about any of the characters in The Late Show and impossible to become involved in the story. What''s more, the book is consistently burdened with... See more
I usually find Connelly''s novels a fun read. They draw me in, keep me engaged. Not so with this one. I found it hard to care about any of the characters in The Late Show and impossible to become involved in the story. What''s more, the book is consistently burdened with painful detail. There are endless descriptions of characters'' every movement step by step, of all the details in detectives'' written reports and with what fingers they type them, about where they choose to sit in the station house and where they place things in their cars, and much more. Sadly, few if any of this deepens our understanding of characters or adds anything to the plot. I almost always complete books I''ve begun, even when they''re less than compelling. I had no trouble setting this one aside, though, after five or six chapters.
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A Scary Man
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Disappointing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 20, 2018
Slow and implausible, with an enormous amount of detail on police procedure which is little more than padding to disguise the simplistic plot and complete lack of character development. Renee Ballard isn''t interesting or likeable, lives a very strange lifestyle (not in the...See more
Slow and implausible, with an enormous amount of detail on police procedure which is little more than padding to disguise the simplistic plot and complete lack of character development. Renee Ballard isn''t interesting or likeable, lives a very strange lifestyle (not in the alternative sense, just in the plain makes-no-sense sense) - apparently she sleeps on the beach in a tent during the day and then works shifts during the night. She has a van - wouldn''t it be safer and more comfortable to sleep in there if she can''t afford a house for whatever reason? She also has a dog, which she seems to have almost zero interaction with as it''s either in kennels while she''s working or guarding her while she''s sleeping. Poor creature. If that was an attempt to humanise Renee it didn''t work. Anyway she has three cases to juggle for some reason, and solves all of them through the stereotypical "lone wolf breaking all the rules while battling incompetent and/or prejudiced superiors" routine. The most serious is a mass shooting inside some sort of club, which she is explicitly told not to investigate but does anyway, though we end up with no real explanation beyond who the shooter was. Why add all the unnecessary padding if the story isn''t even going to be properly closed off? I''ve never read MC before so I assume he has written better books in the past. I''m unlikely to rush to try them.
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Peter Gilbert
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Co-writer?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 4, 2017
Both my wife and myself read The Late Show as soon as it was published as we are long time followers of Michael Connelly''s work. After reading it we were both rather quiet and subdued, which is unusual because we always like to chat about our latest reads. Parts of the book...See more
Both my wife and myself read The Late Show as soon as it was published as we are long time followers of Michael Connelly''s work. After reading it we were both rather quiet and subdued, which is unusual because we always like to chat about our latest reads. Parts of the book are clumsy and other parts just plain boring. The question we both asked was; was is the first sign of MC doing a "James Patterson" and employing a co-writer? All in all it was huge disappointment from such a great writer. Love to hear what others think.
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Sandy
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I''ve enjoyed most of his earlier work
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 28, 2018
I doubt that Connelly wrote this book, if he did, he has lost his skill. Sadly both the story and the storytelling fall short of providing a satisfying read with characters that feel to be designed by a politically correct focus group. The writing is laboured and padded...See more
I doubt that Connelly wrote this book, if he did, he has lost his skill. Sadly both the story and the storytelling fall short of providing a satisfying read with characters that feel to be designed by a politically correct focus group. The writing is laboured and padded with redundancy. I''ll not be returning to him; its a pity, I''ve enjoyed most of his earlier work.
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A. W. Skinner
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Very disappointing!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 30, 2017
I am afraid Mr Connelly does not make a convincing female character out of his new heroine, Renee. For whatever reason, the plot of this one does not meet Mr Connelly''s usual high standards. Some of the main character''s behaviour simply did not make sense. I am sure this is...See more
I am afraid Mr Connelly does not make a convincing female character out of his new heroine, Renee. For whatever reason, the plot of this one does not meet Mr Connelly''s usual high standards. Some of the main character''s behaviour simply did not make sense. I am sure this is just a blip in an otherwise utterly dependable writing career.
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JohnUK
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Hard to believe this was written by Connolly I hope ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 10, 2017
Hard to believe this was written by Connolly I hope he''s not following the Clancy and Grisham routes of having lesser writers submitting books under his name
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