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Book of the week- the Late Show by Michael Connelly
31 January 2018

I have to admit I got this because I thought it was about a TV programme in Hollywood. Lol.

Nevertheless I got into it once I realised it is a police procedural with a relationship emphasis. And the chief protagonist is a female officer.

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.

Highly rewed and high up in several charts online, this book sounds like a winner. And it's well-written.

 The only drawback is the narration.. The narrator has good tone to her voice and does dialogue quite well. But her emphasis on certain words is awful, occasionally inserting a comma or even a full stop in the middle of a sentence, changing the meaning completely.  However I persevered and got used to it  he more I got drawn into the story. It's worth listening to. Nothing amazing, but does have you on the edge of your seat a couple of times. I will look out for his next one too. Apparently this detective is going to be in a series of books  and it's always nice, once you know certain characters, to follow through their adventures. There is a degree of conflict in one of the sub plots and I want to see what happens, so well done that author. 

 

 

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