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The Late Show Mass Market Paperback – August 7, 2018
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"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
"Det. 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
"Few writers can capture the gritty streets of L.A.-and the inner workings of the LAPD-like Connelly."―Entertainment Weekly
"It's 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
"Ballard 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
PRAISE FOR MICHAEL CONNELLY:
"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
"Welcome 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
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Overall I found this book engaging but was not all that enchanted with Det. Ballard. She is a loose cannon and she shares Harry Bosch's iconoclastic anti-authority style. Bucking authority for a junior detective seems like a poor approach if she's interested in career longevity; Bosch's been around for decades and "earned" the right to challenge bureaucracy but Ballard has not. Unlike Bosch young Renee is tech saavy and we get a few too many details about what apps she's using on her i-Phone and how she does internet data searches.
Her lifestyle is kind of weird, the sleeping on the beach thing to begin with and she's apparently an insomniac who almost never sleeps. Why she rescued Lola the dog is a mystery as she's always dumping her off with the 'critter-sitter' and spends little time with her pet- she should consider getting a goldfish. The remaining cast of characters are not well fleshed out and fairly one-dimensional; perhaps Connelly felt he needed to spend the time in establishing Ballard's identity. The plot is fairly tight and things wrap up reasonably at the conclusion but the motive for the nightclub shooter was unclear to me (maybe I missed it).
In summary, this new series from Mr. Connelly has potential and I would read another to see how things develop. I hope Det. Ballard rents an apartment, finds a mentor to help her dial back her attitude a bit, spends more time with her dog, and we get some more depth to the supporting cast.
Connelly does his own homework and we are the benefactor.
In his latest novel "The Late Show," Connelly has once again created a memorable a character like Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller with the introduction of Renée Ballard. If you are a fan of strong, well-defined characters in the vein of Patricia Cornwell (Kay Scarpetta) or Sue Grafton (Kinsey Millhone), then Renée Ballard might have you hooked from the start.
Renée Ballard does not listen to Jazz like Bosch, she surfs and is a California Girl. She has a partner like Bosch but has to work her way up the ranks beginning at the deplorable midnight shift, hence the book's title 'The Late Show." Like Bosch, she has her character flaws, foibles and demons which makes her relatable. Connelly is best at weaving multiple cases to keep us engaged which is authentic to real life police and detective work. Their days are anything but routine.
What I enjoy best about Connelly's writing, and is consistent in "The Late Show," is the great Los Angeles geographical descriptions from the streets, freeways, Hollywood and beaches like Venice. I live in L.A. so the visuals come to life on the page. Connelly characters are rebellious and always carry the anti-authority seed of "Dirty Harry."
Ditch your cell phone. Close your office or bedroom door. The Late Show is for late nighters, insomniacs and early risers. Connelly Never Fails to keep us continuously interested in his writing. I look forward to the next one.
I hope you found this review helpful.
© Michael P.
The Late Show introduces LAPD Detective Renée Ballard. Her star was rising in the Robbery Homicide Division (RHD) until a conflict with a superior officer got her busted down to working the night shift — the eponymous “late show” — in Hollywood. She used to investigate cases from beginning to end. Now, she rolls up on a night crimes and starts the paperwork, turning over the entire case to the day shift.
But when two victims — one a prostitute who (barely) survives a vicious beating and the other a waitress killed in a mass shooting event — cross her path the same night, she decides it’s time to follow the cases all the way through. It’s a high stakes gamble professionally, and it exposes her to grave dangers personally, but it’s a gamble she willingly takes.
Connelly is releasing his twentieth Harry Bosch novel, Two Kinds of Truth, this October. With Harry having reached retirement age, the Bosch Universe needs a fresh face. Renée Ballard is it, and if The Late Show is any indication, her stories are going to be very, very good.
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I hope he's not following the Clancy and Grisham routes of having lesser writers submitting books under his name
Renee Ballard isn't interesting or likeable, lives a very strange lifestyle (not in the alternative sense, just in the plain makes-no-sense sense) - apparently she sleeps on the beach in a tent during the day and then works shifts during the night. She has a van - wouldn't it be safer and more comfortable to sleep in there if she can't afford a house for whatever reason? She also has a dog, which she seems to have almost zero interaction with as it's either in kennels while she's working or guarding her while she's sleeping. Poor creature. If that was an attempt to humanise Renee it didn't work.
Anyway she has three cases to juggle for some reason, and solves all of them through the stereotypical "lone wolf breaking all the rules while battling incompetent and/or prejudiced superiors" routine. The most serious is a mass shooting inside some sort of club, which she is explicitly told not to investigate but does anyway, though we end up with no real explanation beyond who the shooter was. Why add all the unnecessary padding if the story isn't even going to be properly closed off?
I've never read MC before so I assume he has written better books in the past. I'm unlikely to rush to try them.
The first case is complicated by the critical condition of the victim, and the underworld he/she has been living in; the second by the fact the investigation is being led by a man who was responsible for Ballard being relegated to the late show, after no one supported the serious allegations she made against him.
Ballard is an enigma, living life alone, apart from her dog. Virtually homeless-unless you count the van and tent. She contents herself with a series of loose relationships with men she encounters as part of the job. She is eminently likeable, generally savvy and willing to put her neck on the line to get results.
I found this a very enjoyable read: the character development was good; all of the characters were well crafted and believable; the cases that ran in parallel kept the pace up, yet I never felt confused by the intertwining investigations the likes of which have had me scratching my head in other, similar novels. Yet another well concocted, well written cracker of novel by Mr Connelly.
characters he has written about. All the other characters you could believe in. If it hadn't got his name on it I would swear it was written by some one else.
A shame particularly at the pre-order price. I find it difficult to believe that he actually wrote it?
‘Dark Sacred Night’ is indeed the first novel that Ballard and Bosch are in together. (And I think was advertised as ‘introducing new cop Ballard...’, Implying a first appearance)
This book is pre that however, with just Ballard only.
Have to say I felt that Bosch was being ‘killed off’, (even after 20+ books) prematurely. For me the character still fresh with another twenty books in him. But the whole Bosch retirement/coming back part time seemed to be how was ending. Perhaps Ballard was an attempt to go ‘new’, that maybe didn’t sell so well?Certainly works when the two of them are together, although Dark Sacred Night (for me) the weakest of all the Bosch books. Purely on story grounds - not the characters, which are great.
The Late Show, is an excellent book. Ballard brillant, story griping and fast paced. Good multiple plot threads and a wicked ending.
Maybe it was always meant to be that Bosch/Ballard were to go forward together, although Ballard could easily have her own series. A new book with the duo is coming out in October.
Over all a Win/Win for Bosch fans - let’s hope he’s in a few more books yet, before Ballard takes over??
Please, Mr Connolly, try agin and keep it to one case at a time!!!
The character is one dimensional, totally boring and without merit! Why this nondescript cop, who displays no talent or warmth, certainly from this reader, got accolades is beyond me! Any new novel written with her as the lead detective will not be getting my money!
I was so bored I fast forwarded to the end, something I never done before with one of his books! Dull dull dull!