If there's one book I've read this summer that I would recommend everyone read, it's Michael Connelly's The Late Show. The character of RenÃ©e Ballard blew me away. She's from the same mold as Harry Bosch: Everyone counts, or nobody counts. She's intensely private and spends many of her mornings when she's just gotten off shift paddleboarding with her dog Lola. RenÃ©e graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in journalism, but the first time she had to cover a crime scene, she realized that she didn't want to write about crime, she wanted to catch the bad guys.
Her journalist's background means she's fantastic at mowing through the mounds of paperwork every police officer has to deal with, and she's become a pro, not only with paperwork but with her timing as well so she can work the cases that will get short shrift by the overworked day shift. (Everybody counts....) As a result of what she continues to deal with after her unsuccessful sexual harassment complaint, RenÃ©e has no time for people who won't stick up for her when they know she's right. But she's not all sharp edges and hostility; she can be thrilled to find a bookstore she didn't know existed when walking in downtown Los Angeles-- and there are her grandmother and Lola, too.
As you can tell, I did fall hard for RenÃ©e Ballard, but it wasn't just the main character that makes this book so special. The story itself is compelling, and Michael Connelly absolutely blindsided me with whodunit. Yes, The Late Show is so darned good that I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. Write faster, Mr. Connelly!
As punishment for lodging a complaint against her supervisor, Detective Renee Ballard now works the late shift at the Hollywood Division of the LAPD. Most of the time Renee and her partner do the initial investigation of a crime, then turn it over to the dayshift for follow up. But on a busy night, Renee starts two investigations that she wants to see through herself. The first crime is the beating of a prostitute who was dumped in a parking lot and left for dead. When she is at the hospital following up on Ramona's conditions, Renee is contacted to check on a shooting victim. Five people were shot in a bar. One woman, a waitress, was taken to the hospital where she died. Renee is asked to claim the waitress' effects and bring them back to the station. Renee investigates both crimes during the day while working her normal shift at night, even though the bosses want her nowhere near these investigations.
Renee Ballard reminds me of Harry Bosch. She works the case until there is no stone left unturned. I enjoyed this book and was surprised when the villain was uncovered near the end. I didn't see that coming. My rating: 5 Stars.
Excellent page turner, couldn't put this down. Enjoyed this new character (Renee Ballard)a lot. She's smart and driven, gets the job done, even in the face of adversity. Good twists keep you guessing.
I am in the minority; I didn't love Connelly's new character Detective Renee Ballard. She was demoted to the night shift since she lost the case of sexual harassment against her superior. Her partner was a witness but didn't back her up.
Renee is as unconventional as it comes. She sleeps in a tent on the beach with her dog. She goes surfing taking unnecessary chances with her life as she paddles in fog without land in sight. She's an excellent detective but brakes the rules when she can.
I found the book slow at times, but excitement builds up with a couple good cases.
I'll continue reading this new series because the author is one of my favorites and hope the characters will grow on me. Of course Lola the dog is the best!
Does anyone ever go to Amazon and read the reviews? I did and the 1 & 2 stars hit it right for me
I wanted to like this new character for a series but I can't, this book is so slow, plodding along at a snail's pace, and just boring and it is riddled with police slang, department initials, and just descriptions that don't mean a thing to the story, I mean really, do we need to know that she keeps extra clothing in her work locker or do we need to know what color she wears that day? give me a break---boring! Then it takes 6+ pages to describe her surfing? again, give me a break, so so boring and who cares!
I got about halfway and it was a chore to get that far, it just plods and drags and bores you to death!
Each person has their own style of writing and the reader does too, so many will love this book and hopefully the ones, like me, will also give this book their review so other readers will get a full picture of what other readers found lacking in this book
I doubt I follow this series especially if Bosch is included because I think those books are BORING!