The Late Show (Renée Ballard, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #29) by Michael Connelly

The Late Show (Renée Ballard, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #29)

An Amazon Best Book of 2017A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2017A South Florida Sun-Sentinel Best Mystery of 2017#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....

Details The Late Show (Renée Ballard, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #29)

TitleThe Late Show (Renée Ballard, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #29)
Release DateJan 23rd, 2018
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreFiction, Mystery, Crime, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Late Show (Renée Ballard, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #29)

  • Paromjit
    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...
  • 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 Jenkin...
  • Larry H
    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 ...
  • Kaceey
    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 Rene...
  • Matt
    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...
  • Mary Beth
    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 M...
  • Diane S ☔
    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 c...
  • Linda
    "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 su...
  • Andrew Smith
    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 ...
  • Liz
    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 bure...
  • 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 Th...
  • Carol
    4.5 StarsOk....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...
  • 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 fo...
  • Brenda
    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 ...
  • Paula Kalin
    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...
  • Brenda
    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 t...
  • Phrynne
    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 thoroug...
  • Monnie
    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 h...
  • Gary
    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 R...
  • Donna
    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 th...
  • L.A. Starks
    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.
  • Erin
    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.
  • Brenda
    Enjoyed this very much. So glad it's the first of a series.
  • Kristy
    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 horr...
  • Barbara
    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; sl...
  • Zoe
    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 pl...
  • William
    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 th...
  • Liz Barnsley
    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 prisone...
  • Suzanne
    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...