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Publisher's Summary

A compelling thriller introducing a driven young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD.

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. 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 cases 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 own partner's wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. As the cases 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.

©2017 Hieronymous, Inc (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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The narrator drove me crazy.....

I enjoyed the story but think the narrator was a poor choice. Whilst her voice was pleasant enough her performance was quite wooden and stilted, with very strange phrasing and inflection. I didn't enjoy her work at all, and struggled to continue listening. It was very hard to pick out the different characters as they all sounded the same.

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the reader was too fast at start hard to follow the story line suggest a little slower

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Not up to MC usual standard!

Ghost Writer? Why the prolific "said" VERY ANNOYING repetition of this word throughout. Not Happy!

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Bosch with no safe place

In the Bosch novels he always preserves some kind of safe place, but in this novel MC had chosen to explore someone without that, someone who is spiritually homeless. There is still an awkwardness in this novel construct which makes it difficult to bear at times but it shows great promise as the start of a series.

The voice actress is very good, but there just such a relentlessness to the story that it becomes difficult to bear. If you are British-y (as some Americans also are) you will enjoy her un-stagey, underplayed delivery.

Not all the best, this one, but very promising, hope MC persists with this as series

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  • J
  • 22-07-2017

A new detective

Renee Ballard is the new detective on the block. She is tough, vulnerable, misunderstood and stubborn.....sometimes to her own detriment. I liked this book and will listen to the next one as her character develops through the series. I have not given the book 5 stars as I do think some more character development is necessary to reach the usual Connelly heights. Nevertheless it was an enjoyable listen with an interesting story.

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new girl in town

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I found the lead character unlikable and she may be a strong female lead, but she bordered on the ignorant and pushy.

What was most disappointing about Michael Connelly’s story?

It was somewhat predictable but did have welcome twists. It was quite slow to start and I think the back story would have been easier to embrace had Renee been more likeable. Just couldn't connect with Renee

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator's voice was OK but was slightly non engaging which didn't help me like the lead character. Lacked a bit of energy

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Michael Connolly is a good story teller and given his long history of great novels, he has the capacity to redeem Renee in future novels.

Any additional comments?

Can only get better

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A really enjoyable read

Great story, flawless storyline. I loved Katherine Moennig’s voice, well read. Renee Ballard is a fabulous new detective.

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The narrative style did not suit the book.

I like Connelly's newish female character Renée Ballard, great combo with Bosch in her first outing. This stand alone could have been a real winner as the storyline was intriguing, and interesting, with her life, challenges, and work mixed so well.

However, the narrative style didn’t suit the story, and unfortunately the narrator's voice grated, (well for me it did). The pace was too fast, with too little dialogue.

I’m now enjoying The Night Fire.

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Great new character and story line

I read the various reviews before I purchased the book with some reservation. However, that was unfounded and the story was great with several cases in one book. The narrator was great, suits the female character. Highly recommended.

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narrator was too fast
story was excellent
as per usual Michael Connelly grips you from the beginning

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  • Gabrielle
  • 10-03-2018

Please don't narrate anymore books!!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Great story, very boring narrator! Does the author have control over the narrator of their novels?? I couldn't tell whether it was a female or male narrator - which wasn't a big deal - but she sounded totally bored and it was often very difficult to distinguish between different characters.

Would you be willing to try another one of Katherine Moennig’s performances?

Probably not.

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  • Euan
  • 11-06-2018

Great story but very poor reading

The story is great, as expected by Michael Connelly. Unfortunately the audio version is marred by truly awful reading. The cadence in the reader’s voice is a consistently short sequence of fast-up loud-down-softer, and is unrelated to the content or the intended syntax. The effect on listeners is like water torture.

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  • Peet
  • 11-05-2018

Angry auntie reading

I love Michael Connelly but Moennig’s characters all sound the same-competent, brisk and boring.

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  • Agnar
  • 12-12-2017

Fantastisc, good story and preformens from the readers. could not stopp before the end, need more of this.

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  • Paul
  • 28-07-2017

The narrator murdered this audio version

Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Katherine Moennig?

Let me say I LOVE Michael Connelly and I am a real Harry Bosch fan, but I could not
get in to the book at all due to the terrible vocal performance and the fast pace at which she spoke. I honestly felt giddy and sick trying to pay attention and concentrate.

I would ask the producers to take a look at the production, as it's possible the voice has been sped up or not "produced well" in the studio.

I am going to try the paper version, but would recommend you stay away from the audio version... or try a sample first.

Has The Late Show turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Boring, monotone voice, one of the worst vocal performances I've ever heard. Spoke way too quickly and had POOR enunciation.

Was The Late Show worth the listening time?

NO way. A complete waste.

Any additional comments?

The audio talent does not give justice to the magnificent Michael Connelly!

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  • Rajesh
  • 19-08-2017

Wonderful

For Micheal Connelly fans this is a no- brainer. Just use your credit for it. This book is as good as any in the Harry Bouch series.

This is gripping thriller though it can get classified as a police procedural. It has all the twist and turns which keep surprising you. The sub plots ensure that there is not one single minute when you are not gripped by the narrative. Wow. it was an awesome ride!

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  • Audio rr
  • 25-07-2017

Ok book with good story and terrible performance.

Love Michael Connely books but the performance of this book is so bad couldn't finish.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-08-2021

Good story, killed by the narrator

Like others have said, the story is great, but the narration is terrible. It's read with as much emotion/enthusiasm as a school kid reading a reader.

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  • Howard Silk
  • 20-08-2020

Rene Ballard The Late Show

great book. but then Connelly never fails to be brilliant. I will never tire of him.

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  • Linda Violet
  • 24-05-2020

Love it

Loved the book. Big fan of Michael Connolly. Love the new character Rene. Can't wait to listen to the next book

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  • Gary Collins
  • 18-08-2017

Usual quality from Michael Connolly but terrible narration....

I'm a huge fan of Michael Connolly and I have read every novel he has written. This is my first audible version of his work and it was absolutely terrible! The narrator was awful and it just didn't work. She had no "connection" and I struggled to get to the end.
Still love MC but in future I'll stick to reading...

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  • 17-08-2017

Dreadful narrator

I imagine the story will be good but am only at chapter 14 so far as...
Struggling to cope with terrible narrator, who's breathless and dull voice is really so annoying. I'll have to finish book cos it's a Michael Connelly but won't listen again if same reader, ruining flow of story and my ability to concentrate.

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  • Lorel3G
  • 11-08-2017

Good story

Another good story introducing The new detective. However the story was spoiled by the very poor narration. It was very monotone and dull. I wouldn't listen to another book narrated by the same lady.

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  • T Dinn
  • 16-08-2017

Promising story line - irritating narrator

What would have made The Late Show better?

I had to give up on this book after 2 chapters. I could not bear the narrator's monotonous delivery- completely devoid of expression or attempt at character. Such a shame as I love Michael Connelly. I'll have to read the book instead.

Would you be willing to try another one of Katherine Moennig’s performances?

Absolutely not!

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  • Chris Sampson
  • 20-07-2017

No messing with this badass heroine.

The only thing I question is the narrator. She was obviously trying to channel the book's 'cool as' heroine but I found her delivery a tad too monotonous. Still really enjoyed Connelly's modern (on all levels) cop.

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  • Sarah
  • 18-07-2017

the usual Connelly brilliance.

Fear not Connelly fans, Michael has rebooted his detective trope with a new hero. IMHO!! He's always written women well in his books, and this is no different, with a believable, sympathetic, flawed character, sharing with all his hero's a determination to work for justice above all else.
Trust Connelly to write a female cop better than most female writers.... she seems to have a complex past, which we'll hopefully get to learn more about.
I've no idea if this is the start of a series, but I certainly hope so.... :)
Also, a big thumbs up for the subtle handling of a transgender character, how Ballard doggedly refers to the character as 'she', (the transgender character's choice of pronoun) whilst an uncaring system persists with 'he', despite years of gender realignment surgery. It's not made a big thing of, but kudos to Mr Connelly for getting this right!!

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