The Late Show

The Late Show

eBook - 2017
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Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2017
ISBN: 9780316365864
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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FoxLarkin
Jan 11, 2018

loved this book: fast paced page turner: a perfect book to read on a cold wintry day-hope there is a sequel to this

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jimg2000
Jan 09, 2018

Surprised that Connelly at 61 decided to add a new protagonist, Renée Ballard, to his already legendary portfolio of detectives. In one of those nights, the veteran cop Ballard, who was banished to grunt work in "The Late Show" as a result of a major spat with the old boys in LAPD, was called to several crime scenes that roused her curiosity or sense for justice. Despite of repeated warnings from the brass to stay away, naturally, the lone she-wolf resolved to investigate. A page turner of mysteries, killings and conspiracy that flip-flopped between Ballard's peaceful down-time and her intense hunt for truth. The last few sentences was a heartfelt end - woman, you got a friend!

Note: The first female antagonist in Connelly's novels?

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wildct2003
Jan 03, 2018

Satisfying overall. Would have liked more of an intro to the character to start off the story.

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IV27HUjg
Dec 24, 2017

Long-time fan of MC I cannot say I'm thrilled with this new character, it may take another book or a second read to determine. I didn't find it a page turner or something I couldn't put down & the character didn't ring quite true for me. As for Renae....the voice needs tweaking & not so rushed. My jury is still out on this. I've been in love with Harry Bosch since the beginning & finally the voice of Titus Welliver perfects the image.

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agatha_kalliope
Nov 15, 2017

This is the first Michael Connelly book that I've read. I stayed up all night to finish the book and it has been a long time since that has happened. It's refreshing to be surprised at really good writing and that it still available. A lot of times I say meh and quit when reading a new book. This one got me started on the Bosch series, which I am enjoying.
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I've watched the Bosch series on amazon.com, liked the series so far, and wanted to know more about the author's books. I started with this one because it is, hopefully, the first of a new series, and I wouldn't have to be in the know right away.
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I thought it 90% believable, how she could live the way she does - more anonymity due to living in a large city. I found her life intriguing.

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DixieWesterlin
Nov 15, 2017

Not a Bosch book, but a pretty good character in Renee & a quick read. A couple things that happen stretch the could it really happen? but all in all okay. Worth your time if you are a Connelley fan.

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7626dee
Nov 01, 2017

Another renegade detective fighting the inept and corrupt LA police department. Like Bosch she is wronged by her co-workers and teamed with an inept and lazy partner assigned scut work on the night shift. Too procedural and slow moving to be really interesting.

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gloryb
Nov 01, 2017

A police procedural novel with lots of detailed descriptions of procedures. These descriptions along with dog walks and surfing on the beach are used as fill. Too much use of swear words which are meaningless. Many abbreviations for police departments can be ignored or skimmed over. The novel follows a female police officer who works on solving several cases mainly single handed. Some cases are given more space than others. These cases add interest to the several themes of why murders take place in LA. Don't know what other types of cases Connelly can throw her way after this variety. The expected tensions and relationships among fellow officers/detectives/higher-ups are there. Perhaps what is not expected is that the lead female police officer - Detective Rene Ballard - is not white - perhaps Hawaiian. This character tends to act as a loner although buddies surround her. In that way, she reminds me of Sue Grafton's private investigator, but the cases Ballard pursues are not intertwined. Each chapter ends in such a way that readers want to read the next chapter. There is page turning action mainly in the middle of the book as one of her cases comes to a close; the other cases involve finding the evidence to convict - so it's using the "little grey cells" to figure out the connections - ie not page turners.

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trunks60
Oct 30, 2017

Good read. Will best judge this series after 2nd book. My hope is high, but NO ONE can replace Bosch. When the Bosch series comes to a final end........... you will hear my sad wail all over the world. M. Connellly please keep Bosch going as long as possible.

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Judystu
Oct 26, 2017

I really like the new detective. She's smart, strong, and bull-headed. The story is well-crafted with a very well-done twist at the end. Definitely well worth the read. Thanks, Michael Connelly. Hope to see more of Detective Ballard!

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jimg2000
Jan 09, 2018

Only a few quotes in goodreads, should be more:

Stopping the card from being used is only part of it. That protects your corporate client. It doesn’t protect Mrs. Lantana, who had someone inside her house.

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He was a slick sleeve and maybe even a boot and too new in the division for her to know his name.
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John Jenkins had twenty-five years in and Ballard knew he had been running on empty for a long time when it came to empathy. He was a good detective—when he wanted to be. But he was like a lot of guys who had been around for so long. He just wanted a place to be left alone to do his job.
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The police headquarters downtown was called the PAB, for Police Administration Building. Guys like Jenkins believed that PAB stood for Politics and Bureaucracy, or Politics and Bullshit, take your pick.

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jimg2000
Jan 09, 2018

Drag queens, cross-dressers, and transgenders were all generally referred to as dragons in vice. No distinctions were made. It wasn’t nice but it was accepted.

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We’ve seen this a hundred times before. Some guy’s cruising along, doesn’t know the territory, sees a chick on the stroll and pulls over. He makes the deal, takes her into the parking lot, and gets buyer’s remorse when he finds a Dodger dog under the miniskirt.

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She noted that there was no gunpowder stippling, and that told her that the shot came from a distance of more than four feet.

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… about twenty people were sitting and waiting. It was a variety of Hollywood hipsters and clubbers. A lot of tattoos and piercings.

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jimg2000
Jan 09, 2018

The captain at Hollywood, an academy classmate of Olivas’s, put her on the night shift with Jenkins. The late show. End of story.

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“Girl at the Bar” appeared to be her most frequent role. She had played the part in an episode of a television show called Bosch, which Ballard knew was based on the exploits of a now-retired LAPD detective who had formerly worked at RHD and the Hollywood detective bureau.

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Ballard was not taking notes. When they entered the room, she had adjusted the thermostat, which actually turned on the room’s recording devices. It was wired for sight and sound.

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You’re not sorry about anything. You saw an opportunity back then and you took it. You had to throw me under the bus but you didn’t hesitate.” “No, you’re wrong.”

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… But it’s like cockroaches. You can fumigate but they always come back.”

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jimg2000
Jan 09, 2018

Ballard composed a short list of details that she would enter and subtract from until she got a hit. Transgender Bite Brass Knuckles Bound Prostitute Santa Monica Boulevard

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He had probably been party to more than a few radio calls staged by detectives to create reason to case a house. It was called ghosting.

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It was the Holy Grail of detective work. It had nothing to do with evidence or legal procedure or probable cause. It was just knowing it in your gut. Nothing in her life beat it.

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“Where’s your raid jacket?” Smith said. “And I can tell you’re not wearing a vest. Number one, you should’ve had them on, Ballard. Number two, we should have been right here and in on the bust, not driving up to save your ass.”

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He was a street artist who until January had done decent business selling portraits of the former president. He reported to Ballard that images of the new president went unsold because his kind of people didn’t come to Venice Beach.

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jimg2000
Jan 09, 2018

… he’d rather go to prison for five years—that’s the mandatory minimum—than have the Sinaloa Cartel put a hit on him for flipping.”

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Ballard got back into the car and folded her arms on the steering wheel. She leaned her forehead down against them and closed her eyes. She was beyond tired but her mind couldn’t let go of the case.

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She pulled to a stop in front of an aluminum-sided building with a door that was marked only with an address number. There were five other cars and a van parked near the door and a flashing-red strobe located above it.

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She noticed that two of the warehouses across the street had no outside signage either. One of them had a strobe light over the door as well. Ballard was at ground zero for the billion-dollar-plus industry that some said kept the Los Angeles economy rolling.

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jimg2000
Jan 09, 2018

“How much porno did he watch?” “Look, don’t go down that road. The whole porno-made-him-do-it thing. We provide a service. People watch these films and that keeps them in check, keeps it in fantasy.”

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And there’s this saying they have about conformist society: The nail that sticks out gets pounded down.” “Okay, so what are you saying?” “I’m saying there’s a lot of guys in this department with hammers. Watch yourself.”

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“There’s no explanation for why people kill. You know that. And if you cross that line, what’s to stop you from going from one to six?”

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She knew detectives at Hollywood Division who spent hours shining their shoes and oiling their leather holsters and belts. It demanded a certain focus and concentration and took them away from the burden of cases. It cleared their minds and renewed them. For Ballard, waxing a surfboard did the same trick. She could leave everything behind.

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jimg2000
Jan 09, 2018

The Lybarger admonishment was used to compel an officer to answer questions without an attorney present. It was named after an officer who was fired for refusing to do so. It compelled an officer to talk but had an exclusion that disallowed these statements from being used in a criminal proceeding against the officer.

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… she also examined for the first time the fact that she was a killer. It didn’t matter whether it was justified, she was now a part of the population that knew what it was to take a life.

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At the academy, they don’t teach you to shoot once when you need to fire your weapon. If deadly force is warranted, you use deadly force in whatever quantity is necessary to get the job done.
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The rehearsed response covered all contradictions with the threshold factor in justified homicide. Fear of death or great bodily harm to the officer or citizenry.

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Ramona was safe now, but only from one predator. She was leading a life that was sure to bring more.

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jimg2000
Jan 09, 2018

“He says disorder in your young life drew you to law enforcement. A job where you enforce laws and enforce order. What do you think about that?”

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Your mind is bruised as well as your body. Like the body, the mind needs time to heal. It needs time to settle from this.

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To me it’s like the laws of physics—for every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction. If you go into darkness, the darkness goes into you. You

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Home Depot with a massive parking lot. The entrance was clear and she remembered how it always used to be lined with men looking for day work. That had changed when Immigration and Customs Enforcement started routine immigration roundups.

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jimg2000
Jan 09, 2018

… kill party. It had once been a secret tradition for officers to gather and drink after one of them had killed someone. It was a way of releasing the tension of a life-and-death encounter.

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VMD was a forensic technique in which applications of gold and zinc to evidence in a low-pressure environment revealed latent fingerprints on objects and materials usually deemed too porous to produce prints. The process had been successful in applications on plastics, patterned metals, and some woven fabrics.
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There were more than seventy million prints in the AFIS data bank. Sending a print through did not bring instantaneous results. And often the results, when they came, were not singular. A search often kicked out several similar prints, and that required the print tech to make the final comparison under a microscope to determine if there was a match.

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jimg2000
Jan 09, 2018

Ballard could read it in his face as he went from confidence to crisis, from thinking he had a shot at talking his way out of the room to visions of never seeing daylight again. “I want a lawyer,” he said. “I’m sure you do,” Ballard said.
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You’re smart and you’re fierce.
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DSS, which Ballard remembered was Chastain’s shorthand for a witness who supposedly didn’t see shit.
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As she came through the mist and caught sight of the shore, she saw Lola at the waterline, panicked and frantically moving north and then south, unsure, her bark now a howl of fear at what she could not understand or control. She reminded Ballard of a fourteen-year-old girl who had done the same thing on a beach a long time ago. Ballard paddled harder. She wanted to get off the board, drop to her knees in the sand, and hug Lola close.

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