The Late Show by Michael Connelly

The Late Show by Michael ConnellyThe Late Show by Michael Connelly
on July 18th 2017
Genres: Detective
Pages: 405
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly, a new thriller introducing a driven young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.

But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her own partner's wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. As the cases entwine they pull her closer to her own demons and the reason she won't give up her job no matter what the department throws at her.

This is a detective novel about a female police detective who is consigned to working the late shift after being betrayed by her former partner and supervisor. She is tasked with investigating some fairly mundane crimes, while taking a professional interest in some more interesting crimes which are occurring on her old turf.

Michael Connelly is an author I generally enjoy – his Harry Bosch series is rather excellent – and I found this book similarly well-written. I really enjoyed the new character Ballard, as she feels well-fleshed out.

The Late Show feels a bit like a rabbit hole that the author takes you tumbling down, as mystery follows intrigue, and it is all coming to a head. Until he hits a climax, or what seems to be the climax… and then there’s a whole other set of chapters after it… and I just didn’t feel like the denouement was earned somehow.

For the most part, however, this is an excellent book, and I get that Connelly is just working his way into the characters, and I will definitely be reading more of this series.

I received a review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

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