The Late ShowMichael Connelly

The Late Show

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The Late Show by Michael Connelly Book Summary

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).

The Late Show (Michael Connelly) Book Reviews

Slow to middlin’Started slow - almost stopped but got better with some nice twists to the ending.Score: 4/5

The Late ShowI've read almost all of Michael Connelly's books and have enjoyed them. This is an exception. Not worth the $15. I thought it was tedious. I didn't like Renee Ballard. She wasn't a likable or believable character. Too foul mouthed for my taste. Guess I am a sexist. Don't like that much bad language from a female. Don't think I'll be buying another Renee Ballard book..Score: 3/5

Quick readAnother Connelly novel.... good book, excitement, drama,and people who do the right thing.Score: 5/5

The Late ShowI am a fan of Connelly, and especially Harry Bosch. Now I have another favorite character to follow-Renee Ballard! What a great read. About a 1/4 into the book, I literally couldn't put it down!!! Can't wait for more!.Score: 5/5

Wow!Couldn't put it down. love Ballard. excellent read..Score: 5/5

The late showExcellent.Score: 5/5

The Late Show by Micheal ConnellyLOVE THIS BOOK! Love the story of female detective battling her way in a man’s world. Plus her love of the ocean & her dog protecting her & running back & forth on beach barking to help her get back in. I worked late show but in nursing which can b weird too. Plus surfed w) buddies who had same kinda dog ! I’ve read all Connelly’s books plus watched show on Netflix. I wish there were 2 or 3 books a year but he’s not Patterson. I think Connelly’s books are much more interesting than Patterson (yawn) !.Score: 5/5

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The late showLoved it, can’t wait for The next..Score: 5/5

Don't walk away ReneeNobody does police procedural better than Michael Connelly. His new lead character is interesting and a super sleuth. Plotting is always a strength in his work and this one a challenge. He only knows how to write "page turners". Read it....Score: 5/5

One of Connelly's best!I've read every one of Connelly's books and The Late Show is not one to miss. Read it and be amazed!.Score: 5/5

As good as BoschLoved it. Classic Connolly..Score: 5/5

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The Late Show is "On Time"Stubborn protagonist. ✔️ Compelling article plot ✔️ Didn't see it coming ending ✔️ Want another in the series ✔️.Score: 4/5

Enough of the political corectnessAlways was a fan of this author, I wish this new character series was not saturated with obnoxious political correctness..Score: 2/5

Love it.A true you can’t put down. Connelly creates an intriguing character in Renee Ballard. It starts quick and then the story just rolls over everything..Score: 5/5

The Late ShowFun read. Interesting plot with believable twists and turns..Score: 4/5

Meh.....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....Score: 1/5

The Late ShowGood read..Score: 4/5

The Late ShowAnother great novel from Michael Connelly.Score: 5/5

One of his bestRead it in one scoop.Score: 5/5

Loved this new characterI have read all the Bosch books and thoroughly enjoy all these books. I saw this book with Detective Ballard and took a chance. As always, the writing, plot, and characters were perfect. I hope that there will be more books forthcoming with Detective Ballard..Score: 5/5

The Late ShowOutstanding!.Score: 5/5

Hungry Dave says:Great new character. Can't wait for more. PS you got the wrong guy for TV Bosch..Score: 5/5

Late ShowExcellent. The book moves very well and the various plots and subplots keeps the reader from wanting to put the book down. Looking forward to his next book..Score: 5/5

DisappointingI am a big fan of Michael Connolly, but I was very disappointed in this book. Renee Ballard is just a female Harry Bosch with a surfing habit. Spoiler alert: do we really need to have the female protagonist drugged, kidnapped and sexually assaulted by the crazed sadist and tied up naked? This is a well worn plot device that I expect lesser authors to use. I won't be reading other books in this series..Score: 3/5

A chick book!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..Score: 2/5

Late ShowLooking forward to seeing more of Officer Rene Ballard...hopefully paired with Bosch. Oh! Wish granted. Excellent book, highly recommend..Score: 5/5

WOWJust finished the book and this is the best Connelly book since the early Bosch books came out! Starts a bit slow, but picks up quickly and becomes impossible to put down..Score: 5/5

Yay, can’t wait for the next oneWell written story that I had very few clues about the ending. Love not knowing!.Score: 4/5

No surfer dudess!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!.Score: 4/5

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Boring read, nothing to the storyGod awful hard read, took me 2 weeks to read this, no drama, just boring and slow. Very disappointed.Score: 2/5

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The Late ShowAs good as the Bosch books, I can think of no greater recommendation..Score: 5/5

The Late ShowI have read them all. I always worry a bit when a new character is introduced . However it did not take me long to fall for her. Here is a detective who has significant experience, not unlike a Harry. She knows how to round the corners on police procedure, but she is honest. Unlike many detectives, she has some fairly healthy ways to handle stress, and there seems to be enough depth in her back story to create more stories. I saw some things coming, but was surprised by the ending. This was a very satisfying read. Welcome aboard to Renée Ballard..Score: 5/5

Excellent titleFast moving story, Michael Connelly is an excellent story teller. His experience with the police department allows you to visualize from the inside how crimes are solved. Another well written mystery thriller..Score: 5/5

Another great read . . .I am never disappointed when I choose to read the latest of Michael's writings. Was a great story and too, enjoyed the new Detective Renee. Enjoy!.Score: 5/5

The late showDidn’t even finish. Have read all of Connelly’s work and this is the only disappointment. Way too much thinking not enough doing or dialogue..Score: 1/5

ThinRead the first two chapters and said to myself this this and this will happen. Sure enough, it did. To easy to predict..Score: 1/5

The late showNot up to his normal standards..Score: 2/5

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No surprisesPredictable; wait for it at library; forgettable beach read..Score: 3/5

Michael Connelly fan and book is why!Great book. Michael gives you enough information that I want to know what happens next. He’s good at not giving the whole story away. You’re never quite sure how the story is going to unfold and he has several threads running at the same time. Sometimes the story jumps a little bit and I miss the filler, but the story is so good that it’s OK..Score: 4/5

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The Late ShowNot his best. Way too much unnecessary verbiage......therefore I did the unthinkable, I skip-read through numerous portions. Sorry!.Score: 3/5

Well doneThe story pulls you along, with a tenacious detective whose job is not simple and whose direction is not clear. I keep waiting for her to give up, but…..Score: 5/5

Pure Joy of a Read!I enjoy every one of Connelly’s books! Intense, realistic & imaginative. JDingus.Score: 5/5

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Not the bestLaboured. Pretty predictable. Expected more..Score: 3/5

The late showGreat read. Love the new character and I am looking forward to more. If you like Bosh you will love this one..Score: 4/5

ExcellentI thought Two Kinds Of Truth was one of his best yet. Then I read this one. The young new tough as nails female detective Ballard is the new Bosch, I suppose. She's great, the story was great. Maybe the next Ballard book will have her alongside Bosch. Now that would be something..Score: 5/5

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