The Late Show

The Late Show

Audiobook CD - 2017
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Renée Ballard catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Against orders and her own partner's wishes, Ballard works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night.
Publisher: New York :, Hachette Audio,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ℗2017
ISBN: 9781619694309
Characteristics: 8 audio discs (approximately 9.5 hr.) :,digital ;,12 cm., in container
digital, optical, stereo, rda
audio file, CD audio, rda
Additional Contributors: Moennig, Kate 1976-


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Oct 22, 2018

I found this police procedural to be OK, but I prefer the Harry Bosch series. Mild recommendation. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Aug 19, 2018

Skilled writing and interesting character development make this book a fine installment. Not nearly as deep as the Bosch or Haller characters but with loads of potential.

The narrator doesn't do character voices and thus the audiobook comes off flatter than most.


Apr 19, 2018

The woman reading this audiobook reads everything in the same tone of voice. Every sentence sounds flat. No attempt to perform different voices for men or women, old or young characters during dialogue. Sentences about sharpening a pencil, reflecting on the meaning of her sad life, and descriptions of shocking, violent crime scenes are all read in the same tone of voice. This made it very hard to get involved in the story.

Overall, it was like a Bosch novel -- same scenery, same police procedures, same outsider cop who feels a sacred mission to find the truth. But it's Ballard, not Bosch. Connelly is just working his own formula. Seems he cannot imagine anything beyond Bosch but needed a younger detective to write about. Bosch was special. I won't be riding with Ballard on her next case.

Jan 05, 2018

What is it about detective/mysteries that can compel you to want to read them quickly, and then when they're over, you wish there was more? Michael Connelly is one of the masters of police mysteries. He knows Los Angeles/Southern California inside out and his descriptions of locations are always precise. His characters are deeply developed, and their interactions are not always easy. Connelly knows how to reveal the hierarchies and protocols of the LAPD. He also pays attention to social detail, which makes his books contemporary.

Rene Ballard is a new character. I look forward to reading more of her adventures. With her reading, Katherine Moennig does a terrific job of fleshing Ballard out.

Dec 28, 2017

A female version of Bosch, does not take orders well, does her own thing even when told not to, better off on her own rather than working with others, disciplinary issues, but still the best and most under appreciated investigator on the force.

Dec 17, 2017

This is as good as it gets. Connelly has produced another masterful police procedural, his best in a long time, although they’re all good. His phenomenal accuracy in describing every detail of how a good LAPD detective thinks and acts still amazes me. Not that I was in the LAPD, but I was in law enforcement. This is a mystery that you can put together yourself if you pick up on all the clues and are as smart as Renee Ballard, Connelly’s new detective.

Ballard is a surfer from Hawaii and one tough cookie, attractive enough to get hit on or harassed, but hard-nosed enough to give as good as she gets. As usual the author has more than one investigation going and Ballard is working them all – a transsexual who got beaten with brass knuckles, a multiple homicide that took place in a bar, and later, the murder of a cop, her former partner. Of course, like Bosch, she has the reputation of being a pain in the ass to the brass. To avoid spoilers, I’ll leave it at that plot-wise.

I listened to it on disc and the reader, Katherine Moennig, was both good and bad. She had the right tough cookie voice and was a good actress but her frequent mispronunciations detracted from her reading: joolery-jewelry, supposably-supposedly, My-Ako – Miyako. She just didn’t sound smart enough to be Ballard.

Nov 09, 2017

Good read

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