By: Michael Connelly
Detective Renee Ballard works the midnight shift (The Late Show) in Hollywood, largely because she filed a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. One night she encounters a murderer and a near-murder and is reluctant to turn the investigations over to the day shift, as required. Working her own shift at night and both cases by day, she relentlessly pursues the perpetrators, risking her own career and personal safety. Renee Ballard is a new character for Michael Connelly, one with complex issues of her own. The book was very engaging, and I could not put it down for the last 50 pages.