At the end of a long, dark night Detectives Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch cross paths for the very first time. Detective Renee Ballard is working the graveyard shift again, and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find that an older man has snuck in and is rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is none other than legendary LAPD detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has got under his skin. Ballard kicks him out, but eventually Bosch persuades her to help and she relents. Bosch is investigating the death of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway who was brutally murdered. He crossed paths with her devastated mother while working a previous case, and Daisy’s story has seized hold of him.
Although I haven’t read the Harry Bosch novels, I have watched the tv series, so I believe I know him and his story well. And believe me, I love Bosch. On the other hand, I read the first book in this series The Late Show last year and really enjoyed it, especially because of the main character, Renee, and the way she investigates the cases.
Renee always does everyting she can for anyone and she’s brave and relentless. At the same time, she barely has a personal life and she lives for the job, but she’s fierce and strong and I will continue reading her adventures for a long time. If she works with Bosch, then I’ll be even happier.
These books are heavy on the procedural aspect of police novels and I must admit I find that fascinating. If you prefer reading about the lives of police detectives outside their job, then this is not the right series for you. You won’t find any emotional moments, either. These are simply police procedurals and while it’s not an easy genre, but Michael Connelly certainly knows how to write them.
There are two main cases going on in this book, and then a handful of small crimes that our main character also comes across during her night rounds. I had never read a crime novel featuring a detective working on the night shift, so she’s a bit of fresh air. What I love about this series is that it feels more realistic than others, maybe because the characters go through a lot of clues and suspects before they eventually find the actual killer. They get it wrong many times before they get it right.
Have you read any of Michael Connelly’s books? Do you know the Renee Ballard series? If you love the genre, then this is a solid read for you! 💙