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.
Loved the new female detective. The writing is as good as the Bosch series and I hope he follows this book with more of the new female detective. Five stars!!!!
For me, Connelly delivered again. His prose flows so smoothly and he does such meticulous research.
He is one of two writers that I wait for impatiently. I would give him 5 stars but then there would be no allowance for an even greater effort in the future. So 4.5 stars.
Connelly, one of the most reliable authors in the business, introduces Renee Ballard, detective at Hollywood Station, exiled to the overnight shift. An excellent beginning, even if there might be one plot thread too many. (Longtime fans can pick out references to old Bosch characters.)
Wow A new character for Michael Connelly ! I can hardly wait one of my favorite authors.
A new Connelly character in this July release. Wondering if Bosch turns up?