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From New York Times best-selling author Michael Connelly, a new 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 Hieronymus, Inc. (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Dragnet

I love Michael Connolly's writing, how he puts certain possible, distantly related items/statements together, not necessarily at the end. His books flow, make sense. I love that he has created a strong female character, flawed, intelligent, independent. Although I enjoyed the story, it didn't seem like a Michael Connolly story. Not enough twist, turns and a bit slow and boring. It won't stop me from purchasing his books, this one just didn't do it for me.
I was trying to think what Katherine Moenning reading reminded me of and I thought, Dragnet! Her reading was so monotone, it literally put me to sleep and I don't fall asleep on the couch, my husband does that! I could identify the main character and that was it. The other characters, all sounded the same, I can't decide if they were boring or, it was Ms. Moenning that made them boring. The most excitement I experienced, was the last couple of sentences.
Mr. Connolly has to make this series, if it is to be a series, more energetic and get a different reader.
Ms. Moenning might read well for other authors, she doesn't have the power Connolly's stories require. Connolly usually weaves a great story but this isn't one of them.
Can't believe I'm writing this about Michael Connolly.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A timid debut for Connelly's new detective....

One can tell that this a Connelly’s book: high level of energy, plots very well structured, attention to detail, meaningful dialogues and growing suspense.…Connelly introduces a brand new character, Renee Ballard, who is a smart, tough and dedicated female cop operating in LA. However Renee has many (too many ?) similarities with Bosh : she is lonely by choice, seems to lack the capability to reach out emotionally to the (very few) people she likes and has plenty of enemies ”within” (i.e. in the police structure). So, it is up to Connelly to develop more the character of Renee, make her less of a female Harry Bosh and prove us that he is not like other male authors that had a harder time when writing about a female lead character.
All in all , my book rating of three stars (“worth reading”) may be severe, but the expectations with Connelly are always exceptionally high…

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Great new character and Connelly at his time tested best

Renee Ballard is tough as nails and as vulnerable but impregnable as Harry Bosch. A welcome new opening for Connelly fans. Narrator is also great and gets far too little exposure on Ray Donovan.

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Horrible Narration

I could hardly finish this book because poor narration made it impossible to distinguish one character from another, which rendered the book boring. I'm surprised Michael Connelly didn't veto releasing this audio version.

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good read

excellent nude character decent plot twist looking forward to the Ballard Bosch book coming out in October 2018

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Abridged - Great Story!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I know most people wonder why I would choose to listen to an "abridged" version of the book, but I have always been more of a "plot" person rather than a "character" one. I found this story to be engaging, with plenty of twists and turns along the way (some of which were most uncomfortable). I could not really tell it was abridged until the end (it wrapped up fairly quickly). Still, I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good mystery that focuses more on plot than characters (although there is plenty of character development in this version).

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes! The plot was always moving forward as the protagonist worked to solve not one, but four cases. There were several twists and turns, some of which I never saw coming. I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys procedurals and mysteries - Connelly knows his stuff!

What does Katherine Moennig bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I read several reviews that criticized Moennig's narration, but I found it to be just fine. There is one scene in which two characters are speaking on the phone, and I was lost for a moment in that conversation. Other than that, her lack of using different voices for different characters was not a problem for me; I thoroughly enjoyed her performance. That said, narration is all about personal taste, so use the 5 minute sample as a way to test whether this narrator will work for you. Since I am male, and the main protagonist is female, Moennig's narration helped me better relate to the character than if I had simply read it myself.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I probably could, but a book like this is better enjoyed in several settings. This enables you to think about situations, conversations, and clues between listens; this will then help you to enjoy the book all the more. Bottom line, it would work either way.

Any additional comments?

I have read (not listened, but read) several Connelly novels in the past (all Bosch titles), and I have to say this really stacked up well with those readings; I am always impressed with how authentic or real Connelly's books feel (even though I have no experience in this world at all). Basically, I loved this new character and hope there are more books forthcoming.

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Never a dull storyline

Once again, MC has produced an amazingly well-written book where the storyline pulls the reader into the setting and the reader is no longer sitting on the couch in their own living room but traversing all over LA suburbs hunting down leads and solving crimes.

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10 minutes...

That’s how long I was able to listen to the narration. Her voice grated on my nerves, had a distinct lack of inflection and frankly, I just couldn’t listen to her. I’m sure it’s a great story - it deserves a great narrator.

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Magnificent!

Hopefully the beginning of another great series!
can't wait to see what Renee will do next.

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Very Disappointed

What disappointed you about The Late Show?

My husband and I listen to books as we travel and really enjoy Michael Connelly books many times listening to them 2 or 3 times. But this one did not hold our interest at all. Not sure if it was the actual story or the narrator, a toss up there. But our advice would be stop and go back to Harry Bosch or Mickey Haller for the following stories. We actually returned the book not worth the points it cost us.

What could Michael Connelly have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Surely the main character does not always have to have trouble with authority at work.

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

Yes, the language was not quite as rough as some of the others. My husband was in the FBI and worked closely with the LA PD He never heard foul language as written and recorded in these books. We can get by it but you don't need to use the F word numerous times in one paragraph to get your point across.

Any additional comments?

Go back to Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch - you have a winning thing there. If you continue to write like this we will stop buying your books

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