The Late Show - Michael Connelly

The Late Show

By Michael Connelly

  • Release Date: 2017-07-18
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 566 Ratings


#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).


  • Hungry Dave says:

    By Hungry Dave 18
    Great new character. Can't wait for more. PS you got the wrong guy for TV Bosch.
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  • Meh.....

    By iParaglide
    I buy Michael Connolly books almost blindly since I discovered the Harry Bosch series. Other characters, some spinoffs of Bosch have also been pretty good. This book for me was subpar. I thought the main character was dull and non-relatable. The main culprit on the story line in my view "came out of left field". Not sure if Connolly is expecting to make a series out of Ballard, but I won't be buying after buying this one...
  • No surfer dudess!

    By topthecharts
    Memo to Mike Connelly: For her next novel, please get Renee Ballard an apartment; her living in a tent on the beach, surfing by day while she works "The Late Show" is just too-far out!
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    By Say-Say Jane
    Not up to his normal standards.
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  • A chick book!

    By fjcan2
    There is nobody that is a bigger Michael Connelly fan than I am. Love to read his stories and visit LA with him. Very disappointed in this book though. Why? It's a chick book! Dealing with the emotions of Detective Ballard was what this book was about. I had to check the author to make sure it wasn't written by a feminist. And, before you rant on me, I have nothing against feminist, it's just that I don't want to read a book that deal with all those hormones and stupid choices made the the protagonist. The actual story is secondary to Ballard's "feelings". This may be a reason for you to buy this book. This may be a reason for you not to buy this book. As for me, I wish I knew what I'm telling you before I dropped $15 to but this book. Sorry Michael.
  • wow!

    By eleanor p.c.
    couldn't put it down. love Ballard. excellent read.
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