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A compelling 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.

©2017 Hieronymous, Inc (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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  • Rajesh
  • Ahmedabad Gujarat India
  • 08-19-17

Wonderful

For Micheal Connelly fans this is a no- brainer. Just use your credit for it. This book is as good as any in the Harry Bouch series.

This is gripping thriller though it can get classified as a police procedural. It has all the twist and turns which keep surprising you. The sub plots ensure that there is not one single minute when you are not gripped by the narrative. Wow. it was an awesome ride!

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Fantastisc, good story and preformens from the readers. could not stopp before the end, need more of this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Angry auntie reading

I love Michael Connelly but Moennig’s characters all sound the same-competent, brisk and boring.

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Please don't narrate anymore books!!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Great story, very boring narrator! Does the author have control over the narrator of their novels?? I couldn't tell whether it was a female or male narrator - which wasn't a big deal - but she sounded totally bored and it was often very difficult to distinguish between different characters.

Would you be willing to try another one of Katherine Moennig’s performances?

Probably not.

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Story with mood music.

The idea of having music as chapter break is genius! It puts the reader into the mood of the character & the story. The music is well chosen and effective.

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New addiction

After having read and or listened to all the Harry Bosch Novels, I have to admit I was not terribly keen to read a Michael Connelly story of a different detective. I am happy, however, to state that I am glad I made the choice to give it a try. It is interesting seeing the female perspective and experiencing her challenges.
I enjoyed this reading thoroughly and didn’t skip a single second, meaning that it had plenty detail to keep me hooked without going over board with technicalities. Definitely one I will be buying in print to read again later. The only con was that at times I could not tell who was saying what, and there were at times little change in inflection between characters. But for the most part the writing style was clear enough that this did not matter. You just hung on for the ride as the story progressed.

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A very warm welcome to Renee Ballard!

A great read that matches any Erika Foster line by line. I miss Harry Bosch and just can't say goodbye, but knowing Renee Ballard is there proudly holding the badge for the same determined, incisive but oblique talent as the retired detective, gives me great joy. Knowing she is going to be around for many good reads, with the familiar names and histories putting readers front and centre of the best of the Connelly milieu, is encouraging. Bring on the next Renee Ballard soon , please Mr Connelly. I'm already addicted- again!

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A nice Connelly

The pace of this novel is clearly gentler than the average Connelly, but it's quite nice nevertheless. Connelly as always develops his characters well and ensures that the plot is easy to understand. Harry Bosch readers should enjoy this book, and I personally will look forward to the next Ballard book. (I'll wait even more eagerly for the next Bosch.)
The reader is clear and easy to follow. She seems to be a little new at the game: the text following a conversation takes on the emotion of the conversation itself. For example, if Connelly writes: &quot;Do you really want to do this?&quot; she said, Moennig will read the last two words as part of the question itself. Not that it distracts from the performance.

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The narrator murdered this audio version

Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Katherine Moennig?

Let me say I LOVE Michael Connelly and I am a real Harry Bosch fan, but I could not
get in to the book at all due to the terrible vocal performance and the fast pace at which she spoke. I honestly felt giddy and sick trying to pay attention and concentrate.

I would ask the producers to take a look at the production, as it's possible the voice has been sped up or not "produced well" in the studio.

I am going to try the paper version, but would recommend you stay away from the audio version... or try a sample first.

Has The Late Show turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Boring, monotone voice, one of the worst vocal performances I've ever heard. Spoke way too quickly and had POOR enunciation.

Was The Late Show worth the listening time?

NO way. A complete waste.

Any additional comments?

The audio talent does not give justice to the magnificent Michael Connelly!

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Ok book with good story and terrible performance.

Love Michael Connely books but the performance of this book is so bad couldn't finish.

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  • Gary Collins
  • 08-18-17

Usual quality from Michael Connolly but terrible narration....

I'm a huge fan of Michael Connolly and I have read every novel he has written. This is my first audible version of his work and it was absolutely terrible! The narrator was awful and it just didn't work. She had no "connection" and I struggled to get to the end.
Still love MC but in future I'll stick to reading...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-17-17

Dreadful narrator

I imagine the story will be good but am only at chapter 14 so far as...
Struggling to cope with terrible narrator, who's breathless and dull voice is really so annoying. I'll have to finish book cos it's a Michael Connelly but won't listen again if same reader, ruining flow of story and my ability to concentrate.

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  • T Dinn
  • 08-16-17

Promising story line - irritating narrator

What would have made The Late Show better?

I had to give up on this book after 2 chapters. I could not bear the narrator's monotonous delivery- completely devoid of expression or attempt at character. Such a shame as I love Michael Connelly. I'll have to read the book instead.

Would you be willing to try another one of Katherine Moennig’s performances?

Absolutely not!

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  • Lorel3G
  • 08-11-17

Good story

Another good story introducing The new detective. However the story was spoiled by the very poor narration. It was very monotone and dull. I wouldn't listen to another book narrated by the same lady.

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  • Carol White
  • 07-20-17

No messing with this badass heroine.

The only thing I question is the narrator. She was obviously trying to channel the book's 'cool as' heroine but I found her delivery a tad too monotonous. Still really enjoyed Connelly's modern (on all levels) cop.

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  • Kehinde Popoola
  • 07-18-17

Looking forward to more

Well written as usual by Michael connelly. Hope the wait for the next installment is not too long

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  • Sarah
  • 07-18-17

the usual Connelly brilliance.

Fear not Connelly fans, Michael has rebooted his detective trope with a new hero. IMHO!! He's always written women well in his books, and this is no different, with a believable, sympathetic, flawed character, sharing with all his hero's a determination to work for justice above all else.
Trust Connelly to write a female cop better than most female writers.... she seems to have a complex past, which we'll hopefully get to learn more about.
I've no idea if this is the start of a series, but I certainly hope so.... :)
Also, a big thumbs up for the subtle handling of a transgender character, how Ballard doggedly refers to the character as 'she', (the transgender character's choice of pronoun) whilst an uncaring system persists with 'he', despite years of gender realignment surgery. It's not made a big thing of, but kudos to Mr Connelly for getting this right!!

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  • Mrs Michelle
  • 07-21-17

I liked!

Not read/heard this author before. So a new one for me. However it got me gripped. Better still one you couldn't second guess as to which way it was going. Almost felt pity for the main character with a sadness too.
Would be interested to see more with this character

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  • Fiona Hayward Bujard
  • 07-18-17

So good

This is the best book that I have purchased . The reading is smooth the story gripping. I'm really impressed.

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  • Sören
  • 07-15-17

So Bosch's replacement is sorted.

Loved this new Michael Connelly book, this can be the start of a great new series.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-27-17

Reader too fast

the reader was too fast at start hard to follow the story line suggest a little slower

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  • J
  • 07-22-17

A new detective

Renee Ballard is the new detective on the block. She is tough, vulnerable, misunderstood and stubborn.....sometimes to her own detriment. I liked this book and will listen to the next one as her character develops through the series. I have not given the book 5 stars as I do think some more character development is necessary to reach the usual Connelly heights. Nevertheless it was an enjoyable listen with an interesting story.

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  • julee
  • 07-21-17

new girl in town

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I found the lead character unlikable and she may be a strong female lead, but she bordered on the ignorant and pushy.

What was most disappointing about Michael Connelly’s story?

It was somewhat predictable but did have welcome twists. It was quite slow to start and I think the back story would have been easier to embrace had Renee been more likeable. Just couldn't connect with Renee

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator's voice was OK but was slightly non engaging which didn't help me like the lead character. Lacked a bit of energy

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Michael Connolly is a good story teller and given his long history of great novels, he has the capacity to redeem Renee in future novels.

Any additional comments?

Can only get better

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  • Norman
  • 01-06-18

New story character.

Dence narrative at first but just got better and better as the story developed.
excellent book

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  • Sue Casey
  • 11-12-17

Wow 5 star

Great series my first book by this author, fully intend to read following in series

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  • Jan
  • 10-23-17

Bosch fan

Fast paced story. I always love Bosch's personality, wit and soul. Constant bad language is lazy.
Narration is good but hard to follow which character is speaking at times.

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  • Rex
  • 09-25-17

Riveting

Good narrator. The story kept me going to the end. I recommend it to anybody.

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  • Howard
  • 08-20-17

Classic Conelly

A gritty new LAPD charactor with interesting baggage and work relationships - plenty of scope for further developments. Will she cross paths with Harry Bosch ?

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  • THOMAS
  • 08-17-17

Bosch with no safe place

In the Bosch novels he always preserves some kind of safe place, but in this novel MC had chosen to explore someone without that, someone who is spiritually homeless. There is still an awkwardness in this novel construct which makes it difficult to bear at times but it shows great promise as the start of a series.

The voice actress is very good, but there just such a relentlessness to the story that it becomes difficult to bear. If you are British-y (as some Americans also are) you will enjoy her un-stagey, underplayed delivery.

Not all the best, this one, but very promising, hope MC persists with this as series

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  • Roy Jenner
  • 08-14-17

A çonniving Connelly classic.

An exceptional twist to defy logical thinking. Sucked in by the master of crime writing.