This is the first Michael Connelly book that I've read. I stayed up all night to finish the book and it has been a long time since that has happened. It's refreshing to be surprised at really good writing and that it still available. A lot of times I say meh and quit when reading a new book. This one got me started on the Bosch series, which I am enjoying.
I've watched the Bosch series on amazon.com, liked the series so far, and wanted to know more about the author's books. I started with this one because it is, hopefully, the first of a new series, and I wouldn't have to be in the know right away.
I thought it 90% believable, how she could live the way she does - more anonymity due to living in a large city. I found her life intriguing.
Not a Bosch book, but a pretty good character in Renee & a quick read. A couple things that happen stretch the could it really happen? but all in all okay. Worth your time if you are a Connelley fan.
Another renegade detective fighting the inept and corrupt LA police department. Like Bosch she is wronged by her co-workers and teamed with an inept and lazy partner assigned scut work on the night shift. Too procedural and slow moving to be really interesting.
A police procedural novel with lots of detailed descriptions of procedures. These descriptions along with dog walks and surfing on the beach are used as fill. Too much use of swear words which are meaningless. Many abbreviations for police departments can be ignored or skimmed over. The novel follows a female police officer who works on solving several cases mainly single handed. Some cases are given more space than others. These cases add interest to the several themes of why murders take place in LA. Don't know what other types of cases Connelly can throw her way after this variety. The expected tensions and relationships among fellow officers/detectives/higher-ups are there. Perhaps what is not expected is that the lead female police officer - Detective Rene Ballard - is not white - perhaps Hawaiian. This character tends to act as a loner although buddies surround her. In that way, she reminds me of Sue Grafton's private investigator, but the cases Ballard pursues are not intertwined. Each chapter ends in such a way that readers want to read the next chapter. There is page turning action mainly in the middle of the book as one of her cases comes to a close; the other cases involve finding the evidence to convict - so it's using the "little grey cells" to figure out the connections - ie not page turners.
Good read. Will best judge this series after 2nd book. My hope is high, but NO ONE can replace Bosch. When the Bosch series comes to a final end........... you will hear my sad wail all over the world. M. Connellly please keep Bosch going as long as possible.
I really like the new detective. She's smart, strong, and bull-headed. The story is well-crafted with a very well-done twist at the end. Definitely well worth the read. Thanks, Michael Connelly. Hope to see more of Detective Ballard!
The "Late Show" by Michael Connelly was a disappointment. Renee` Ballard is a detective in the night shift. She is there because she complained against her boss and couldn't prove her allegations. She tries to solve cases which by rights belong in the day shifts. The whole book was slow till the last few pages when I fell for the red herring. Not enough to vindicate this new character or the book
Detective Renee Ballard is new and female character from Michael Connelly. She is a lot like Bosch, perhaps too much so, especially in her relations with brass and authority. Its a disappointing book, in that I was expecting something a little different from Connelly. Instead he has given us a female version of Harry Bosch. Tough, determined, inflexible, but just as unpredictable and just as willing to bend the rules. But also just as focused and relentless when it comes to pursuing the killer as is Bosch. She does not have a daughter, but she has a dog.
A new character for Connelly. A female police detective relegated to the night shift(the late show) can't keep herself from becoming involved in a multiple murder investigation even when told not to. She's an interesting character full of piss and vinegar and we are on her side.
Her intelligence sees her succeed even though she has a prickly personality.
Pure Connelly - - sweet perfection! Once again he captures the cop novel perfectly, and of the lone fighter against the infuriating organization out to get her, in this case. Excellent new character with an interesting profile.
This is a great start to a new character, Renee Ballard, from Michael Connelly. She exhibits some of the same stubborn independence, take no prisoners attitude, and "blue religion" characteristics as Harry Bosch so I expect more great stories as Renee finds her way within the LAPD.
Looks like Connelly has found his 'new' Bosch. Slower start, mostly spent character building and then an accelerating plot with a satisfying climax. Credible, real and entertaining.
Was waiting with great anticipation the arrival of Connelly's latest character and she did not disappoint. Great story, good character development and a noted reference to "Bosch"!
Looking forward to more Renee Ballard!
Very disappointed in the profanity. Not necessary at all. I'm done with Connelly.
Enjoyable! Great new characters! Kept my interest and is full of suspense. Michael Connelly is one of my favorite authors. Looking forward to the next book!
Terrific new character. A real page turner. Can't wait for the next one in what is sure to be a long running character.
Connelly introduces a new character, Detective Renee Ballard. There are Bosch traits in this new one that I enjoy, but some new traits that I also like. Still in all, we have another detective sort of on the outs with leadership, very focused on getting the job done and finding the bad guys, willing to stretch the 'rules' and work outside the box to get it done - more so than Bosch in some ways, and yes, quirky with a muddy past/childhood that plays into decisions from time to time. For a few chapters, I wondered if Connelly was going to pull of the transition of a male writer with a female lead character. I give him B+ on that score - but its a very credible effort for a first try with a new character. The story line(s) was excellent with multiple cases running simultaneously - one big one at the center of things though, that Ballard isn't even supposed to be working on (fun!). One thing about the way the story unfolded though was how Connelly walks the reader through the thinking processes Ballard uses to uncover clues, pondered optional theories and then sorted the out with some fits and starts - I liked that a lot. It wasn't overdone with pages of Ballard running around in her own head, but concise and clear analysis of what leads to what and why and how things fit together. Great ending. Loved the book and highly recommend it. Enjoy.
I found this read to be very disappointing and plodding. It doesn't pick up until the end. The new character Ballard is coarse and dependent.
I loved reading the latest from Connelly with the new character of Renée Ballard. There are a lot of similarities between Ballard's and Harry Bosch's characters, and I hope that future books take the opportunity to distinguish Ballard and make her into as well-rounded a character as Bosch. I enjoyed the complex plot, and thought following 3 cases gave it a feel for the complexity of keeping many pans on the fire that being a police officer in a big city requires. It also kept the tension and pace on high, making it a very enjoyable read.
This book does not disappoint the reader. I like this new character and look forward to future books.
Love Michael Connelly as a writer, but I did not think that this new book is as good as previous novels. Perhaps the new character will become as memorable as Bosch as Mr. Connelly develops her as a person in future novels. I certainly hope so.
A little slow at the start but picks up in the middle. I think this could be a fun series to follow.