The Late Show

  • by Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by Katherine Moennig
  • 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

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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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.
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- sonia

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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- antonio

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-18-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio