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The Late Show

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Written By: Michael Connelly

Narrated By: Katherine Moennig

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: July 2017

Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes


#1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly introduces Renee Ballard, a fierce young detective fighting to prove herself on the LAPD's toughest beat--the Late Show.
Renee Ballard works the midnight shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing few, as each morning she turns everything over to the daytime units. It's a frustrating job for a once up-and-coming detective, but it's no accident. She's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night Ballard catches two assignments she doesn't want to part with. First, a prostitute is brutally beaten and left for dead in a parking lot. All signs point to a crime of premeditation, not passion, by someone with big evil on his mind. Then she sees a young waitress breathe her last after being caught up in a nightclub shooting. Though dubbed a peripheral victim, the waitress buys Ballard a way in, and this time she 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 intertwine, Ballard is forced to face her own demons and confront a danger she could never have imagined. To find justice for these victims who can't speak for themselves, she must put not only her career but her life on the line. Propulsive as a jolt of adrenaline and featuring a bold and defiant new heroien, The Late Show is yet more proof that Michael Connelly is 'a master of the genre' (Washington Post).


  • William C

    I really enjoyed this book. I recommend it highly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Beth L

    Good book but very poor narration. It’s a shame what a bad narration can do to a good book. Maybe this one is worth reading rather than hearing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Cara R

    Story was slow to start, but it was pretty good once it got going. Narrator was monotonous in tone— a little hard to listen to, but not enough to put it down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jeffrey M

    Good book. Connelly continues to weave a good tale in the detective thriller. The narrator was disappointing, too quick, not much inflection at the right time, no emotion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Robert L

    I enjoyed the book despite the poor narrator. She drops off her delivery at the end of every sentence. Very annoying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Michael S

    The book was good, Ballard was interesting but the narration was poor. Very montone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Rolando B

    Michael Connelly is just a genuis, loved this new book and Reneè is my new hero !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • kelly b

    I absolutely love he story but the narrator takes away from the story much of the emotion and suspense needed for this audio book to be great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Clare H

    I've listened to every book Michael Connelly has written on audio. I enjoyed this book though I wouldn't say it is one of his best. (Connelly's best books are still those featuring Harry Bosch). But I like the new detective Renee and look forward to further books in the series. The other reviewers seem very critical of the narration, I did not think it was bad. In my view it's the words not the narration that bring the characters to life, and I prefer narration that is not too "distracting".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • colette g

    Even the narrator sounded bored and uninterested. I had to up the speed and still found it difficult to get through. How many "he said" "she said" was in this book? This was my first Connelly book and possibly my last.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

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