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The late show



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Genre: Thrillers (Fiction)


  • 9780316225984 (hardcover)
  • 9780316225984
  • 0316225983

Edition: First edition.

Description: 405, 31 pages ; 25 cm

Notes: "Introducing Detective Renée Ballard"--Jacket.

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Barre, Richard — Connelly and Richard Barre both evoke urban settings where world-weary protagonists wrestle personal demons while chasing down un-righted wrongs and cracking unsolved cases. Is Barre's take less optimistic--or simply more realistic--than Connelly's? Readers will have to decide for themselves. -- Kim Burton
Rankin, Ian — Connelly and Rankin produce gripping stories of investigators whose tenacious, hard-living, hard-working qualities are matched only by their resistance to authority. Their fiercely independent heroes whose obsession with justice comes at great personal cost feature in police Mysteries with complex plots, psychological depth, harsh realism and a touch of wistful poetry. -- Katherine Johnson
Turow, Scott — Connelly's fans might like Scott Turow's novels for their vivid characterizations, complex and provocative plots, investigative details, and realistic dialog, though Turow's are generally lighter in tone. -- Ellen Guerci
Child, Lee — Child's Jack Reacher, with his military background, keen intelligence, and obscure past, is a hero similar to Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, despite the fact that he lives entirely off the grid and works outside the law. Child's intelligent writing an complex plots will also appeal, as will Reacher's strong moral code. -- Shauna Griffin
Sandford, John, 1944 February 23- — John Sandford rivals Connelly for grim tone and depressing circumstances. Any of Sandford's Suspense and Mystery novels should appeal to Connelly fans for their grit, violence, and fast pace. -- Krista Biggs
Pelecanos, George P. — Fans of Michael Connelly's gritty and intricate mysteries will want to try the hard-boiled fiction of George P. Pelecanos. Both authors feature detectives who are doggedly thorough and relentless in their pursuit of fairness. -- Victoria Caplinger
Kellerman, Jonathan — Both Kellerman and Connelly set their gritty and suspenseful crime series in a darkly drawn and atmospheric Los Angeles. Investigative techniques, vividly-drawn characters, complex and twisted story lines, and building suspense characterize both series. -- Joyce Saricks
Larsson, Stieg, 1954-2004 — Although Stieg Larsson's intricately plotted, character-driven mysteries are set in Sweden, fans of American crime novelist Michael Connelly will appreciate Larsson's flawed but heroic characters and suspenseful, twist-filled stories. -- Gillian Speace
Eccles, Marjorie — Michael Connelly writes well plotted, gritty, fast-paced mysteries. Readers who enjoy his novels might try Marjorie Eccles, whose mysteries, though historical, share the same dark, atmospheric feel and fast pace. -- Nanci Milone Hill
Billingham, Mark — While Mark Billingham sets his novels in London and Michael Connelly sets his in Los Angeles, both construct intricately plotted police procedurals rife with suspense and menace. Their compelling narratives feature troubled homicide detectives with complicated lives. There's no shortage of atmosphere in either author's gritty tales of seriously antisocial behavior. -- Mike Nilsson
Ellroy, James, 1948- — James Ellroy's hard-hitting, stark prose will appeal to those Connelly fans prepared for truly unblinking explorations of the violent evil that men do under cover of modern L.A. as a bleak, nightmarish cityscape. -- Kim Burton
Chandler, Raymond, 1888-1959 — Hardboiled pioneer Raymond Chandler, whose vision of the ideal private eye could easily be a description of Harry Bosch. Connelly and Chandler have similar tone and atmosphere, as well as the California settings, but their heroes tie them together. Their stoic integrity amidst the squalid seediness of their cities imbues them with pathos and quiet nobility. -- Katherine Johnson

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★★★★☆ The Late Show

By Patron34293 on Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:59:23

Michael Connelly, famously known for the Lincoln Lawyer and Harry Bosch detective series has made the courageous move to create a new series with a protagonist that is female and young. Renee Ballard works the Late Show (the 11pm to 7am shift) at the LAPD as a result of her unsuccessful attempt to bring her former boss, Lt Olivas, to task for his unwanted sexual harassment of her during her tenure in his department. She is young enough to still be enthusiastic about her job unlike her partner whose sole mission is to do his time and be home in time to assist his ailing wife. On a routine shift, the pair start the night with a call about a credit card theft which Renee knows will get dumped into the overflowing caseload of detectives working the robbery department. The next call finds them at the site where a young prostitute who has been savagely beaten and is barely holding onto life. Shortly after that grisly call they receive another about a multiple shooting at a dance club where 5 people are gunned down by an unknown assailant. Renee is eager to delve into these cases but the requirement of the 'Late Show' team is to write up reports and hand the case over to the day squad. The desire to be a real detective is too much for Renee and she bucks department protocol to begin a journey through the underbelly of society and those whose job is to protect it.

★★★★★ The late show

By Fantum on Tue, 18 Jul 2017 19:00:22

A new Bosch is born. Det. Renee Ballard takes up where Harry left off. Nearly as gritty as Harry's cases, and the brass don't like her much either. And as in all good mysteries, we don't know who the stinky fish is until the end.

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