“The Late Show” 30th Novel Features for the First Time, Detective Renée Ballard
The Late Show is bestselling author Michael Connelly‘s 30th novel featuring for the first time, LAPD detective, the fearless and feisty Renee Ballard. If Connelly fans are disheartened by the absence of his ace sleuth Harry Bosch, the gripping plot and intelligent story of this volume compensate for it pretty well.
The story follows the promising thirty-two year old cop Ballard, who, after filing a sexual complaint against her boss, has been banished to the Hollywood graveyard shift, better known as the Late Show.
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She goes on to work permanent nights, and comes across two crucial cases she feels need solving. Ballard begins some digging but never gets to finish them as during daybreak, she has to hand over the investigation to the morning shift officer.
But the fierce, no-nonsense Ballard takes it upon herself to investigate the cases, one of a violent assault of a woman and the other, a brutal nightclub shooting. Officer Olivas, the man who Ballard complained against, wants her nowhere near the investigation of the nightclub shooting, but clearly, like any true detective fiction, our heroine is doggedly determined and brave, who can go to any lengths in the pursuit of justice.
Renee Ballard, like most other detectives, comes with her own dark backstory and her own past demons she need conquering. The Late Show is fast-paced and is gifted with Connelly’s signature faithfully executed police proceedings and state-of-the-art forensic affairs.
Credit Source: The Times of India