The Late Show by Michael Connelly

The Late Show

By Michael Connelly

  • Release Date: 2017-07-18
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 787 Ratings
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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. 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 heroien, The Late Show is yet more proof that Michael Connelly is "a master of the genre" (Washington Post).


  • The Late Show

    By Grippy Granny
    I've read almost all of Michael Connelly's books and have enjoyed them. This is an exception. Not worth the $15. I thought it was tedious. I didn't like Renee Ballard. She wasn't a likable or believable character. Too foul mouthed for my taste. Guess I am a sexist. Don't like that much bad language from a female. Don't think I'll be buying another Renee Ballard book.
  • One of Connelly's best!

    By Edissy
    I've read every one of Connelly's books and The Late Show is not one to miss. Read it and be amazed!
  • The late show

    By Old aggie70
    Didn’t even finish. Have read all of Connelly’s work and this is the only disappointment. Way too much thinking not enough doing or dialogue.
  • WOW

    By ccy1991
    Just finished the book and this is the best Connelly book since the early Bosch books came out! Starts a bit slow, but picks up quickly and becomes impossible to put down.
  • The Late Show

    By Bolivian Scot
    As good as the Bosch books, I can think of no greater recommendation.
  • The Late Show

    By Jim's I TOUCH
    Good read.
  • Quick read

    By Cyber_Grunt
    Another Connelly novel.... good book, excitement, drama,and people who do the right thing
  • Another great read . . .

    By MontanaSue
    I am never disappointed when I choose to read the latest of Michael's writings. Was a great story and too, enjoyed the new Detective Renee. Enjoy!
  • The Late Show

    By greyts
  • Disappointing

    By Bicyclekat
    I am a big fan of Michael Connolly, but I was very disappointed in this book. Renee Ballard is just a female Harry Bosch with a surfing habit. Spoiler alert: do we really need to have the female protagonist drugged, kidnapped and sexually assaulted by the crazed sadist and tied up naked? This is a well worn plot device that I expect lesser authors to use. I won't be reading other books in this series.