The Late Show by Michael Connelly

Having read Angel Flight, The Drop, Darkness more than Night, The Gods of Guilt, The Narrows, Nine Dragons, Lost Light, the Poet, the Lincoln Lawyer, The Burning Room, the Crossing and The Wrong Side of Goodbye I decided to read The Late Show by Michael Connelly. This Fast paced thriller features Renée Ballard a strong-willed and tenacious female detective who Was once and up-and-coming detective, but now works the night shift for the Los Angeles Police Department in Hollywood, after filing a sexual harassment complaint against her former boss, Lt. Robert Olivas. She begins many investigations but finishing none as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives.

However one night she investigates a number of cases she doesn’t want to part with Firstly the case of an elderly woman accused with credit card fraud and Secondly a transgender prostitute, who is brutally beaten and left for dead, and lastly the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting.

So Ballard investigates, with her partner John Jenkins, however she is determined not to give up at dawn. So Against orders and her own partner’s wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. Then the unthinkable happens a mass shooting followed by the assassination of a cop. Her investigations point to the possibility of a Corrupt policeman working in her midst. As the cases entwine they gradually pull her closer to her own demons, however she is determined not to give up her job no matter what the department throws at her.

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