Renée Ballard

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 17,253 ratings

The Late Show Publisher's Summary

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.

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  • Book 1

    • The Late Show

    • By: Michael Connelly
    • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
    • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,868
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9,082
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,042

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Oh, the narration!

    • By Destry on 07-20-17

    Regular price: $30.79

    • The Late Show

    • By: Michael Connelly
    • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
    • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 157
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 157

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By Agnar on 12-12-17

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 2

    • Dark Sacred Night

    • A Ballard and Bosch Novel
    • By: Michael Connelly
    • Narrated by: Christine Lakin, Titus Welliver
    • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,935
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,375
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,338

    Renée Ballard is working the night beat again and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out but then checks into the case herself, and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger. Bosch is investigating the death of 15-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch. 

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • So So

    • By Paul Beer on 11-16-18

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Dark Sacred Night

    • By: Michael Connelly
    • Narrated by: Titus Welliver, Christine Lakin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 161
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 143
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142

    At the end of a long, dark night Detectives Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch cross paths for the very first time. Detective Renée Ballard is working the graveyard shift again and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find that an older man has snuck in and is rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is none other than legendary LAPD detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out, but eventually Bosch persuades her to help, and she relents.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Michael Connelly Never Dissapoints

    • By Lia on 11-01-18

    Regular price: $21.81

    • Dark Sacred Night

    • By: Michael Connelly
    • Narrated by: Titus Welliver, Christine Lakin
    • Length: 7 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113

    Detective Renée Ballard is working the night beat - known in LAPD slang as "the late show" - and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard can't let him go through department records, but when he leaves, she looks into the case herself and feels a deep tug of empathy and anger. She has never been the kind of cop who leaves the job behind at the end of her shift - and she wants in.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Sadly disappointed.

    • By Anonymous User on 11-22-18

    Regular price: $28.50

  • Book 3

    • The Night Fire

    • By: Michael Connelly
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    Back when Harry Bosch was just a rookie homicide detective, he had an inspiring mentor who taught him to take the work personally and light the fire of relentlessness for every case. Now that mentor, John Jack Thompson, is dead, but after his funeral his widow hands Bosch a murder book that Thompson took with him when he left the LAPD 20 years before - the unsolved killing of a troubled young man in an alley used for drug deals.

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