The Late Show - Michael Connelly

The Late Show

By Michael Connelly

  • Release Date: 2017-07-18
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 4.5
From 1,426 Ratings


In this first installment of the Renée Ballard series, #1 bestselling author Michael Connelly introduces a "complicated and driven" young detective fighting to prove herself on the LAPD's toughest beat (The New York Times).
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 heroine, The Late Show is yet more proof that Michael Connelly is "a master of the genre" (Washington Post).


  • The Late Show

    By Halsterx
    Fun read. Interesting plot with believable twists and turns.
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  • The late show

    By jdb4143
    Loved it, can’t wait for The next.
  • The Late Show

    By Wbplough
    Another great novel from Michael Connelly
  • The Late Show

    By Halleyj
    Not his best. Way too much unnecessary verbiage......therefore I did the unthinkable, I skip-read through numerous portions. Sorry!
  • The Late Show by Micheal Connelly

    By howlindeb
    LOVE THIS BOOK! Love the story of female detective battling her way in a man’s world. Plus her love of the ocean & her dog protecting her & running back & forth on beach barking to help her get back in. I worked late show but in nursing which can b weird too. Plus surfed w) buddies who had same kinda dog ! I’ve read all Connelly’s books plus watched show on Netflix. I wish there were 2 or 3 books a year but he’s not Patterson. I think Connelly’s books are much more interesting than Patterson (yawn) !
  • Love it.

    By Femcer2012
    A true you can’t put down. Connelly creates an intriguing character in Renee Ballard. It starts quick and then the story just rolls over everything.
  • 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.