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The Late Show Hardcover – July 18, 2017
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PRAISE FOR MICHAEL CONNELLY:
"Michael Connelly is an undisputed master."―Chuck Leddy
About the Author
Michael Connelly is the author of twenty-nine previous novels, including #1 New York Times bestsellers The Wrong Side of Goodbye and The Crossing. 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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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.
They first respond to a burglary call where an elderly lady has her credit card stolen from her purse.
The second call is a transgender that was brutally beaten and left for dead.
The third call is at a shooting incident at a night club and five people are killed.
Ballard does not want to turn the cases over to day shift detectives but wants to work them herself. Against orders and her partner's wishes, she keeps the cases and works them during the day while maintaining working the night shift. She is very ambitious and feels that she needs to prove herself to L.A.P.D.
Prior to working the late show, Ballard had worked in the detective bureau during the day, but she filed a sexual harassment claim against her lieutenant, and her partner did not back her up. Of course, the lieutenant was not punished for his actions, but Ballard got sent to the late show as punishment for filing the claim.
The story gets really intense when Ballard starts investigating the three cases, but I will not go into the details here as I don't want to spoil the story for you. In order to get the full effect, you need to read the book all the way through.
As always, Michael Connelly writes a great story, so you will not be disappointed.