The Late Show

By Michael Connelly
Read by Katherine Moennig

The Renee Ballard Series: Book 1

9.38 Hours 07/18/2017 unabridged
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Introducing Renee Ballard, a fierce young detective fighting to prove herself on the Los Angeles Police Department’s toughest beat, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly Renee Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood—also known as the Late Show—beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns everything over to the day shift. 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 assignments 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 partner’s wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. As the investigations 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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New York Times bestseller

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2017

Introducing Renee Ballard, a fierce young detective fighting to prove herself on the Los Angeles Police Department’s toughest beat, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly

Renee Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood—also known as the Late Show—beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns everything over to the day shift. 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 assignments 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 partner’s wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. As the investigations 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Katherine Moennig’s delivery perfectly complements Ballard’s caginess. Moennig maintains a bit of distance from the listener and rarely engages emotionally, making us all the more curious about what makes Ballard tick. Moennig effectively captures the brusque officialdom of police work…This seamless blend of protagonist and narrator will leave listeners looking for the next installment.” AudioFile
"The Late Show introduces a terrific female character: Detective Renée Ballard…The pacing of Ballard’s debut story is breathless…Ballard is complicated and driven enough to sustain the series Connelly doubtless has in mind for her.” New York Times
“Writing about the instantly appealing police Detective Renee Ballard also recharges Connelly, who has never been in better form.” Chicago Tribune
“The most intriguing mystery in The Late Show, though, is Ballard herself. Connelly is too skillful to hand us her resume in one document dump; instead, he fills out her portrait with a subtle hand over the course of the novel, a little background here, a glimpse of her temperament there, the revelation of her unusual living conditions sketched in between.” Tampa Bay Times

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Author Bio: Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly, author of suspense thriller and detective mysteries, has written several #1 New York Times bestsellers and numerous titles that made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. He has won most every award given in the mystery and thriller genres, including the Anthony Award for Best Novel and the Barry Award for Best Novel. He is a former newspaper reporter who also won numerous awards for his journalism.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 9.38
Audience: Adult
Language: English