The Late Show
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 p ...more
Michael Connelly at his Absolute Best.
Detective Renee Ballard is Cop. Plain and Simple. Except that she is anything but. She works “the late show” at the “Hollywood Division” of the LAPD after being shipped off there for filing a complaint against her former boss (Lieutenant Olivas). A Sexual Harassment Complaint. It wasn’t well received. Now she is kind of known as a black sheep and she works cases with her new partner Jenkins. Cases that require no follow up. None. Its killing her in ...more
The good news is, with The Late Show , he's introduced a brand new character to get hooked on, LAPD Det ...more
Renee Ballard was an up and coming homicide detective rising up through the ranks. Until she stood up to her boss. Now she’s the queen of the late show. Running down calls all night, only to reluctantly hand them over without the chance to get her hands dirty.
But Renee is not the type of person to just walk away. She h ...more
Ballard and Jenkins first call on their shift was a burglary of an old woman's house and a credit card gets stolen. Immediately after this, they are called on another case to the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center to check out an assault and all they ...more
Well by the third page I was hooked, seems good authors, dependable authors can do that, just pull in a reader, quickly. Renee Ballard, stuck on the night shift after an accusation against a higher up leaves her in a bad spot, is a very likeable character. She is strong, more than capable and n a ...more
Detective Renee Ballard works the graveyard ...more
And L.A. police officer, Renee Ballard, is living and breathing in that darkness. She's been relegated to the late shift, the underbelly of the beast, the dark side of the moon. When Ballard's sexual harassment complaint against a fellow officer goes south, she's been assigned to cases that exist under the midnight rocks that hardly see the rays of sunshine the next day. It's a hand-off game at best. ...more
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Renee Ballard works for the LAPD on the night shift or “Late Show”. She was recently transferred from the homicide division after a failed complaint against her LT. NO SURPRISE THERE! Her partner didn’t back her up after witnessing their LT trying to stick his tongue down Renee’s throat. NO SURPRISE THERE EITHER! Career always comes before a female’s reputation of course!
The good news is she ...more
Here he introduces a ...more
Ok....just finished Book #1....Bring on Book #2 and more Detective Renee Ballard!
THE LATE SHOW brings to the reader another police procedural by Michael Connelly that you can sink your teeth into, but this time with a quick-witted and fiesty female on the job working the dreaded night shift.
As a 15 year veteran of the LAPD. Ballard knows how to play the game and won't be toyed with....not even when there are consequences....not even when her job's on the line. Her lifestyle....and livin...more
Michael Connelly is a brave man. Putting aside, for the moment, his long running Harry Bosch Series, Connelly took a chance and hit the ball out of the park with his new Detective Renée Ballard Series.
Ballard's punishment for an allegation of sexual harassment against a high-ranking official has landed her on The Late Show. It could even be called the graveyard shift, the dead shift where yo ...more
Ballard has ten years of experience as an LAPD detective, so she’s tough and smart. As a female cop, she’s had to put up with sexual assault from a superior, betrayal by her partner who witnessed the incid ...more
But the night Renee and Jenkins attended the horrific beating ...more
"The Late Show' (currently unable to insert a link because GR is having another of its little technical hiccups) is a thoroughly enjoyable read with lots and lots of interesti ...more
Sassy, smart, fit, independent and ballsy, Renee Ballard is a very interesting Detective to read about. I have not read Michael Connelly, so am very late to the party. What a great writer. I don't know how fast these prolific authors write, but it won't be quick enough for me.
Renee is honest and pulls no punches, the character ...more
The new character is Renee Ballard, a relatively young and feisty detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The author is Michael Connelly, well known and much loved by me for his Harry Bosch and Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller) series. And my honest opinion? A home run!
Also in all honesty, though, neither Harry nor Mickey need worr ...more
Another Michael Connelly great mystery thriller. This is book 1 in the Renee Ballard series. She is a detective working the overnight shift, 11pm-7 am, aka "The Late Show." She was once an rising star, but was relegated to this shift after she filed a sexual harassment complaint against her boss, Lieutenant Olivas. Her then partner, Ken Chastain, was a witness to the incident, but refused to corroborate her statement, fearing that it would damage his career. Her routine is such that she ...more
The Late Show is a skillfully crafted, well-executed police procedural that introduces us to the feisty Detective Renée Ballard as she heads out on a shift that will have her hunting a burglar, a sadist, and a ruthless killer.
The writing is tight and seamless. The characterization is spot on with a gang of multi-layered, gritty characters including the gutsy, tenacious Ballard. And the plot is a thrill ride of twists, turns, surprises, co ...more
Connelly writes strong female characters; it is good to see one as a series lead.
I've read every Michael Connelly book. No surprise, then, I highly recommend The Late Show.
This book had me hooked from the first chapter. If you're a fan of police procedurals led by strong well defined female characters than you will love Renee Ballard. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
A mostly wonderful new start for Michael Connelly. He's created a new protagonist, Reneé Ballard, who is tough and smart and, best of all, not a Bosch-clone. When long-series authors create new characters, they are often just re-skinnings of their most successful leads. In this case, Reneé stands and thinks on her own. Well done!
I enjoyed this much more on the second reading, a week later. Perhaps in the first reading I was distracted by the labyrinthine ...more
Renée Ballard is a young detective with 14 years of her life invested in the LA Police Department, only to see it practically go down the drain when she files sexual harassment charges ag ...more
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Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teache ...more