The Resource The late show, Michael Connelly

The late show, Michael Connelly

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The late show
Title
The late show
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Michael Connelly
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eng
Summary
Assigned to the night shift after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor, detective Renâee Ballard disobeys orders by continuing to investigate an assault on a prostitute and the death of a woman in a nightclub shooting
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Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Connelly has been doing much more with his female characters lately: in The Burning Room (2014), his longtime series lead, Harry Bosch, shared screen time with rookie detective Lucia Soto, who emerged as a fully fleshed out, multidimensional character, and in The Wrong Side of Goodbye (2016), Bosch is paired with Bella Lourdes, another young detective who profits from Harry’s mentoring while showing she’s more than capable of stealing a scene from the veteran. Now, perhaps inevitably, Connelly goes a step further: debuting a new series starring a female detective, Renée Ballard, who has been exiled to the night shift after unsuccessfully challenging the LAPD’s old-boy network by bringing sexual-harassment charges against her boss. Chafing at the lot of the “late show” detective, who must launch investigations only to turn them over to the day shift when morning comes, Renée continues to investigate, off the books, two crimes that land on her plate: the beating of a prostitute and the murder of a cocktail waitress. Connelly’s special genius has always been his ability to build character like the most literary of novelists while attending to the procedural details of a police investigation with all the focus of anEd McBain. He does both here, showing us Renée on her surfboard, working out her Bosch-like demons, but also grinding through the minutiae of the case until she achieves that “Holy Grail of detective work,” that moment of knowing she has her man. Many established crime writers—James Lee Burke, Ian Rankin, Randy Wayne White—have launched new series as their signature heroes age, but few have done it as successfully as Connelly. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The success of Amazon’s Bosch TV show has enlarged Connelly’s already enormous fan base, making this the perfect moment to launch a new print series. -- Ott, Bill (Reviewed 6/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 19, p60)
  • /* Starred Review */ The title of this excellent series launch from bestseller Connelly (The Wrong Side of Goodbye and 20 other Harry Bosch novels) refers to the midnight shift at LAPD’s Hollywood Division. Det. Renée Ballard has landed there in retribution for filing sexual harassment charges against her former boss, Lt. Robert Olivas. Two major crimes soon concern Ballard: the vicious beating of a woman, who says she was assaulted in the “upside-down house” but passes out before she can explain, and a nightclub shooting that kills five people. Though most “late show” cops hand off cases to their day shift counterparts, Ballard personally investigates the assault (with official approval) and the nightclub shooting (without). Olivas, who’s leading the latter investigation, wants her nowhere near the case. What follows is classic Connelly: a master class of LAPD internal politics and culture, good old-fashioned detective work, and state-of-the-art forensic science—plus a protagonist who’s smart, relentless, and reflective. Talking about the perpetrator of the assault, Ballard says, “This is big evil out there.” That’s Connelly’s great theme, and, once again, he delivers. Agent: Philip Spitzer, Philip G. Spitzer Literary. (July)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 05/29/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 22, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ The 30th novel by the creator of Harry Bosch (The Wrong Side of Goodbye, 2016, etc.) and the Lincoln Lawyer (The Gods of Guilt, 2013, etc.) introduces an LAPD detective fighting doggedly for justice for herself and a wide array of victims.Ever since her partner, Detective Ken Chastain, failed to back up her sexual harassment claim against Lt. Robert Olivas, her supervisor at the Robbery Homicide Division, Renée Ballard has been banished to the midnight shift—the late show. She's kept her chin down and worked her cases, most of which are routinely passed on to the day shifts, without complaints or recriminations. But that all ends the night she and Detective John Jenkins, the partner who's running on empty, are called to The Dancers, a nightclub where five people have been shot dead. Three of them—a bookie, a drug dealer, and a rumored mob enforcer—are no great loss, but Ballard can't forget Cynthia Haddel, the young woman serving drinks while she waited for her acting career to take off. The case naturally falls to Olivas, who humiliatingly shunts Ballard aside. But she persists in following leads during her time off even though she'd already caught another case earlier the same night, the brutal assault on Ramona Ramone, ne Ramón Gutierrez, a trans hooker beaten nearly to death who mumbles something about "the upside-down house" before lapsing into a coma. Despite, or because of, the flak she gets from across the LAPD, Ballard soldiers on, horrified but energized when Chastain is gunned down only a few hours after she tells him off for the way he let her down two years ago. She'll run into layers of interference, get kidnapped herself, expose a leak in the department, kill a man, and find some wholly unexpected allies before she claps the cuffs on the killer in a richly satisfying conclusion. More perhaps than any of Connelly's much-honored other titles, this one reveals why his procedures are the most soulful in the business: because he finds the soul in the smallest procedural details, faithfully executed.(Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2017)
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10563418
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NjBwBT
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1956-
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Connelly, Michael
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3553.O51165
LC item number
L38 2017
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Renee Ballard novels
Series volume
0001
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  • Women detectives
  • Policewomen
  • Murder
  • Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
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The late show, Michael Connelly
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Publication
Note
Includes an excerpt from Two kinds of truth
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
405, 31 pages
Isbn
9780316225984
Lccn
bl2017020503
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Label
The late show, Michael Connelly
Publication
Note
Includes an excerpt from Two kinds of truth
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
405, 31 pages
Isbn
9780316225984
Lccn
bl2017020503
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia

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