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The Late Show

(Renée Ballard #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  69,365 ratings  ·  5,513 reviews
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly, a new thriller introducing a driven young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD

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
Kindle Edition, 405 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Little, Brown and Company (first published July 11th 2017)
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Gary Mark Actually there is a clever indirect reference to Bosch in the Night Shift. An odd reference that is actually a kind of product placement advertising. …moreActually there is a clever indirect reference to Bosch in the Night Shift. An odd reference that is actually a kind of product placement advertising. Let me reemphasize clever. Our current heroine knows Bosch as a detective who retired in the recent past.

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Michael Connelly has begun an exciting new series with a new LAPD detective, Renee Ballard, who with her by the book partner, Jenkins, works the Hollywood nightshift, otherwise referred to as The Late Show. This means they pick up cases, which are then passed on to the dayshift cops, Renee has been shunted onto the Late Show because she had the temerity to file a sexual harassment complaint against the head of the homicide team, Lieutenant Robert Olivas. She had been betrayed by her then partner ...more
Susanne  Strong
5 Stars.
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
Larry H
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Here's a little bit of an oxymoron for you: Michael Connelly is one of my favorite authors, yet I haven't read one of his books in a while. I love the way he writes, but somewhere along the way I lost track of which Harry Bosch books I've read so far, so I've missed a bunch of them. I'll have to just suck it up and read from somewhere in the middle, because he sure knows how to tell a story.

The good news is, with The Late Show , he's introduced a brand new character to get hooked on, LAPD Det
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: overdrive
The late show. The graveyard shift. Where crimes scenes are initially developed, then turned over to their respective departments in the morning when the full investigation begins.

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
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
As if he did not have enough on his plate, Michael Connelly has decided to launch a new series (or at least a standalone) that takes a new approach to policing, still in the busy city of Los Angeles. Renée Ballard is a well-established detective with the LAPD, working the ‘late show’, police talk for the 11pm-7am shift. It’s mostly picking up the scraps of the nightlife and directing cases to daytime divisions, but police work all the same. Called out whenever the need arises, Ballard is left wi ...more
Mary Beth
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Renee Ballard lost her sexual harassment case against her supervisor and because of this she has to work the 11:00 pm-7:00 am shift called the late show shift. She starts the investigations and then sends them to the morning shift to finish them.

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
James Thane
With this book, Michael Connelly adds yet another character to the Harry Bosch Universe, LAPD detective Renee Ballard. Ballard has much in common with Bosch who remains Connelly's principal protagonist. Like Bosch, Ballard is a loner. Like Bosh, she had a difficult childhood and lost her mother early. Like Bosch, her partners are sometimes unreliable; like Bosch, she has problems with people up the chain of command. Like Bosch, she has trouble following orders, particularly when she's told to st ...more
Diane S ☔
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The start of a new series by a go to author of mine, usually I would be a little alarmed, Would this new series be as good as his others? Is he still going to write the Bosch series, my favorite of his.?
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
Sam Quixote
Michael Connelly is labelled a “thriller” writer and it used to be an accurate description for a lot of his books. Ten years ago I loved novels like The Lincoln Lawyer, The Scarecrow and Echo Park for their fast-paced plots with Connelly throwing his characters into tense situations against murderers and sadists. Alas, that’s not the Michael Connelly of today who only seems capable of robotically churning out dull police procedurals like The Late Show.

Detective Renee Ballard works the graveyard
"I've seen long careers and careers cut short. The difference is in how you handle the darkness."

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.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I am a huge fan of Michael Connelly and was curious to see how this, the start of a new series, would be. Boy, it does not disappoint. The story engages you from the get go. And I love how Connelly provides lots of back story on Ballard. She is a wonderful heroine, gutsy, sharp, competitive. At one point, her partner shares a Japanese proverb about the nail that sticks up gets pounded down. Renee is that nail and there are quite a few in the bureaucracy that want her pounded down.

Connelly not o
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Police procedural fans
It’s nice to see author Michael Connelly come up with a female lead for his new series with Renee Ballard.

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
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

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

Andrew Smith
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I’ve long believed Connelly to be a master storyteller, he tells it straight and he keeps the lines clear. I don’t get confused when I read one of his books – I always know what’s happening. That’s not to say I necessarily know where it’s going, that’s a different story. In fact, he normally keeps me guessing, with hidden linkages, motives and agendas. His lead characters speak their mind, can be abrupt to the point of rudeness and take no crap from anybody. I love his books.

Here he introduces a
E-galley provided through the generosity of Netgalley, Little Brown & Co., and Author, Michael Connelly.

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
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like many others, I am a huge fan of Michael Connelly’s books. I mean all of them, not just the Harry Bosch series. With this book, Connelly introduces a new main character, Renée Ballard. I hoped I wasn't going to get a female Bosch, and though there are some similarities, I don't think I did.

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
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Harry Bosch so I am very happy to find that Mr. Connelly is able to produce a similarly excellent female main character for his newest series. Renee Ballard is talented, down to earth, smart and very capable of looking after herself. I am very much looking forward to reading more about her in future books.
"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
Detective Renee Ballard and her partner Jenkins worked the night shift of LAPD in Hollywood, known by one and all as The Late Show – Renee had been transferred after she’d filed a sexual harassment complaint against her boss. It was deemed a punishment, but in actual fact Renee enjoyed the shift. She and Jenkins would do the paperwork for the night’s work and pass any cases over to the day shift, never seeing a conclusion to the cases.

But the night Renee and Jenkins attended the horrific beating
I’ve found a new series! My dad suggested I read this, and boy am I glad my library had a spare copy, and enough to be able to renew my loan at this busy time of the year.

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
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars

Michael Connelly is the author of two best-selling mystery/suspense series. One series stars Harry Bosch, ace investigator for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).....and later the San Fernando Police Department. The other series features Mickey Haller, the cleverest attorney in Los Angeles.

Now, Connelly has started a new series - starring Detective Renee Ballard - a driven thirtysomething cop who likes to paddleboard and surf; sleep in a tent on the beach; and hang out with her d
THE LATE SHOW introduces us to a new character in the Connelly canon: Renee Ballard, a young female detective in the LAPD striving to prove herself. Ballard works the night shift, where she picks up evening cases. But Ballard hates that she never gets to see an investigation to fruition--always turning her cases over to the daytime detectives. So when she is assigned two late shift cases, the shooting of a young female in a nightclub and the horrible beating of a transsexual prostitute, she fina ...more
Liz Barnsley
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can’t speak for everyone but I love it when an author I’ve been following for years and years suddenly turns around and gives us something new – and what a something new it is, with The Late Show featuring Detective Renee Ballard. Working the night shift (referred to as The Late Show) in a kind of punishment come harassment type way having annoyed a colleague by daring to bring a complaint, Renee is tough as they come and takes no prisoners – I loved her bull at a wall attitude and her determi ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
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
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
New character and series? Base hit. By a favorite author? Double play. Getting a copy from the publisher to read in exchange for an honest review? Bases loaded.

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
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Late Show is the second Michael Connelly book I've read, years ago I read The Lincoln Lawyer but I hardly remember it, but if it was as good as The Late Show then I need to read more books by Michael Connelly.

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.
L.A. Starks
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Connelly introduces a new series with a new lead character set again in the LAPD. Like Harry Bosch, Renee Ballard is a rebel, bending rules here and there to solve her investigations and then to save herself.

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.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was delighted to receive the latest Michael Connelly novel to review as I am a great admirer of his books. This is the start of a new series featuring LAPD detective, Renee Ballard who works the Hollywood night-shift with her partner Jenkins. The night-shift is known as the late show, hence the title of the novel. Renee was moved to the night-shift after she filed a sexual harassment complaint against the head of the homicide team, Lieutenant Robert Olivas. When she was not backed up by her th ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely tense, highly suspenseful and masterfully paced!

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
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley for this preview copy!

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
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: criminal-mystery
And Connelly hits one out of the ballpark again. How does he do it? How does he consistently produce such great stories throughout such a long writing career? It helps that he writes with as much authenticity and integrity as his characters possess. And his latest character in his newest series is no exception.

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
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