Published On: Fri, Jul 28th, 2017

The Late Show by Michael Connelly review: New novel from bestseller crime writer

The Late Show by Michael Connelly Orion, £19.99 

Renee Ballard was an up-and-coming detective until she filed a sexual harassment complaint against her boss Lieutenant Olivas.

After her partner failed to back up her claim her punishment was to start working the graveyard shift in Hollywood, known as The Late Show, embarking upon new cases but never finishing them because each morning they are taken on by the day shift.

Then one night Renee catches two cases that she won’t let go: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a car park and the killing of a young woman in a mass shooting at a nightclub. Against orders she works on both cases by day after finishing her night shift, putting her job at risk in the process. 

At the same time she is battling the aftermath of her fall from grace from Los Angeles Police’s murder squad, simmering with bitterness and resentment at her betrayal and demotion.

And with no one to turn to for help, she finds herself in the path of a cold and calculating killer who will stop at nothing to avoid being caught. Renee is the first new lead character introduced by Harry Bosch author Connelly since The Lincoln Lawyer a decade ago.

She is an intriguing new protagonist: a tough, surf-loving female detective, damaged by a traumatic childhood, and willing to do whatever it takes to catch monsters even if it means breaking the law.

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