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‘Brilliant’ #BookReview THE LATE SHOW, Michael Connelly @Connellybooks ‏@BenWillisUK

‘Plotting is tighter than a drum skin’



Los Angeles can be a dangerous city – never more so than in the dead of night. Detective Renée Ballard, once one of the department’s young hotshots, now works ‘The Late Show’, the notorious graveyard shift at the LAPD.

It’s a thankless job keeping strange hours in a twilight world of tragedy and violence, handing over her investigations as the sun rises, never getting closure.

Some nights are worse than others. And tonight is the worst yet. Two cases: a brutal assault, and a multiple murder with no suspect.

Ballard knows it is always darkest before dawn. But what she doesn’t know is how deep her dual investigation will take her into the dark heart of her city, her department and her past…

If you’re already a fan you’ll love THE LATE SHOW. If you haven’t read a Connelly book yet: now is the perfect time to start.


I’m going to have to whisper this, as it shames me, but I’ve never read a Michael Connelly book before. There, I’ve said it. This is despite hearing amazing things about his writing, and also the fact that I love the Bosch series on tv. Sorry. The plus side of this is that I came to The Late Show with fresh eyes and no set expectation. I won’t be doing that any more though – my expectations are now sky high.

I fell for the writing immediately. Each sentence is tightly packed with information, yet never feels forced or over-written. Emotions are hinted at, but rarely baldly stated. This is a brilliant writer at work, giving a masterclass in how it’s done.

The plotting is tighter than a drum skin, and is filled with… TO READ IN FULL, CLICK HERE

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