Unabridged audio edition of Michael Connelly's pulse-pounding new thriller, introducing a driven, young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD.
Renee 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.
The Late Show introduces a terrific female character . . . The pacing is breathless . . . Connelly expertly hides a trail of bread crumbs that leads straight to the denouement, with so much else going on that it's impossible to see where he's heading * New York Times *
First there was Detective Harry Bosch, then Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller, and now comes Renee Ballard, ace thriller writer Michael Connelly's first new protagonist in ten years. A nail-bitingly exciting investigation featuring a finely realised new character from one of America's finest contemporary novelists * Irish Independent *
'A characteristically complex tale of murder and police corruption' (Thriller of the Week) * Mail on Sunday *
Classy and clever, with a tenacious heroine * Sunday Mirror *
The Late Show reads like a Bosch novel, as Connelly braids multiple investigations into his plot, driving the story onward ... Ballard is significantly more than a Bosch replacement or clone - an absorbing character on her own terms. Connelly has created yet another potentially iconic tarnished knight of those perennially mean streets * Irish Times *