The Late Show (Paperback)

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Where suspense meets mystery, you get The Late Show! Michael Connelly introduces Detective Renee Ballard, an intelligent, passionate detective of the LAPD. After filing a sexual harassment complaint against one of her superiors, and being ultimately betrayed by her former partner, she is banished to the midnight shift, also called "the late show."
Partnered with a detective who doesn't care for the job as he once did, and who's only want in life is to take care of his dying wife waiting for him at home, they rarely follow through to the end on cases that happen on their watch. They instead pass it off to the day shift detectives that come in after they leave, which irritates the driven Detective Ballard.
That all changes when, on a seemingly ordinary night, two cases leave Ballard wanting justice. A woman is found beaten nearly to death, abandoned in a ditch, and is later revealed to be the victim of a potential hate crime. Not an hour later, a gunfight at a downtown LA club leaves five dead, one victim being an innocent waitress that dies in Ballard's arms as she rushes the bystander to the hospital.
With her new partner not wanting to do more than he needs to, Renee knows that she needs to go off-script with these two cases. After finishing her night shifts, she spends her days tracking down those that are responsible, which leads her into more danger and more conspiracy than she ever could have ever imagined. This is a thrilling, intriguing mystery with a character worthy of being a role model. If you are a Harry Bosch fan, you will not be disappointed with this new Michael Connelly novel!
— From Devin


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).

About the Author

Michael Connelly is the author of twenty-nine previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Wrong Side of Goodbye and The Crossing. His books, which include the Harry Bosch and Lincoln Lawyer series, have sold more than sixty million copies worldwide. 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.

Praise For…


Late Show
introduces a terrific female character: Detective Renée Ballard. . .
The pacing of Ballard's debut story is breathless. . . Ballard is complicated
and driven enough to sustain the series Connelly doubtless has in mind for
Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"The most intriguing mystery in The Late Show, though, is Ballard
herself. Connelly is too skillful to hand us her resume in one document dump;
instead, he fills out her portrait with a subtle hand over the course of the
novel, a little background here, a glimpse of her temperament there, the
revelation of her unusual living conditions sketched in between."—Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times

Renée Ballard is a formidable character, an insightful and tenacious
investigator with an unusual background and a sturdy personality to carry a
series... Connelly has achieved success as one of the top mystery writers by
continuing to keep his storytelling fresh. In The Late Show, he delivers an
exciting police procedural with a unique character."—Oline Cogdill, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

writers can capture the gritty streets of L.A.-and the inner workings of the
LAPD-like Connelly."—Entertainment Weekly

a sharp move that allows him to shift his perspective in fresh and meaningful
ways. Writing about the instantly appealing police Detective Renee Ballard also
recharges Connelly, who has never been in better form."—Lloyd Sachs, Chicago Tribune

is a force that with just one novel will easily be as beloved. There's no doubt
Connelly is a master of crime fiction, and The Late Show cements that
reputation."—Jeff Ayers, Associated Press


"Michael Connelly is an undisputed master."—Chuck Leddy

"Any new book by Michael Connelly is a cause for celebration."—Jackie Cooper, Huffington Post

"A masterpiece."—Steve Forbes, FORBES

Renée Ballard to the City of Angels' crime fighting pantheon. . . Connelly
excels at writing principled outsiders, and Renée Ballard hews to this
archetype."—Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times

"More perhaps than any of Connelly's much-honored other titles, this one reveals why his procedurals are the most soulful in the business: because he finds the soul in the smallest details, faithfully executed."—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781455524235
ISBN-10: 1455524239
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2018
Pages: 448
Language: English
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