Wow! I just finished this book and loved it. This may be my favorite book of Connelly's so far. Renee Ballard is a gutsy female protagonist. She never has her "too stupid to live" moments. She's intense, fearless, driven and smart. She doesn't brook any foolishness from colleagues or higher ups.
She's a surfer girl with a rescue dog Lola. They surf and sleep on the beach in a tent during the day, and then Ballard goes on the night shift or "the late show" where she was scheduled after she complained about the sexual harassment of a higher up. She works independently a lot, as she doesn't know who she can trust.
A typical night might involve a burglary, an attempted murder and a shooting in a bar. Ballard's frustration is that on the night shift you rarely investigate these crimes yourself, but turn them over to colleagues who may not be as driven to find the bad guys and protect the innocent. Ballard tries to find her way around that which can get her into trouble.
I hope Connelly continues with this character, and Amazon turns it into a show. This was an original and refreshing read. I'm going to recommend it to our library mystery book club for a monthly selection. Now, we only have to wait until October for our next Bosch hit.