Renee Ballard #1:The Late Show

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CRIME NEVER SLEEPS.´CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR´ Daily MailONE OF AMAZON´S BEST MYSTERY/THRILLERS OF THE YEAR* * * * *Detective Renee Ballard works ´The Late Show´, the notorious graveyard shift at the LAPD. It´s thankless work for a once-promising detective, keeping strange hours in a twilight world of crime.Some nights are worse than others. And tonight is the worst yet.Two shocking cases, hours apart: a brutal assault, and a multiple murder with no suspects.Ballard knows it is always darkest before dawn. But what she doesn´t know - yet - is how deep her investigation will take her into the dark heart of her city, the police department and her own past...The Late Show will keep you up all night: it´s time to meet Detective Renee Ballard.* * * * *´The new novel from America´s greatest living crime writer is a gripping thrill ride that will entrance you and keep you reading until the small hours´ Daily Express´It has been more than ten years since Connelly, one of the world´s greatest crime writers, last launched a major new character. Superb storytelling - this cements Connelly´s place at the very top of the crime-writing tree´ Daily Mail´Classy and clever, with a tenacious heroine´ Sunday Mirror´Connelly achieves an enormous amount in these pages: he creates a new character who immediately leaps into life; and controls a complex, fast-paced plot full of surprises´ Evening Standard´The Late Show introduces a terrific female character: Detective Renee Ballard. The pacing is breathless ... Ballard has astonishing resourcefulness and bravery - she is complicated and driven´ New York Times´Although the usual Connelly fingerprints are in evidence here - the real achievement is the creation of his tenacious heroine, Ballard´ Guardian´Ballard is significantly more than a Bosch replacement or clone - an absorbing character on her own terms. Connelly has created yet another potentially iconic tarnished knight of those perennially mean streets´ Irish Times´A characteristically complex tale of murder and police corruption´ Mail on Sunday (Thriller of the Week)´First there was Detective Harry Bosch, then Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller, and now comes Renee Ballard, ace thriller writer Michael Connelly´s first new protagonist in 10 years. A nail-bitingly exciting investigation featuring a finely realised new character from one of America´s finest contemporary novelists´ Irish Independent
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