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Renée Ballard:

A series of fiction novels written by Michael Connelly featuring Renée Ballard - a night shift detective in the LAPD.  These take place in the world of Harry Bosch.
#Year1st ReadTitleAuthor(s)My Rating 
1 2017 2023 (1) The Late Show
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"The Late Show introduces a terrific female character: Detective Renée Ballard... this new star is a beauty."
- New York Times Book Review


THE LATE SHOW


Renée Ballard works the midnight shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing few as each morning she turns everything over to the daytime units.  It's a frustrating assignment for a once up-and-coming detective, but it's no accident.  She's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.

But one night Ballard catches two assignments she doesn't want to part with.  First, a prostitute is beaten and left for dead in a parking lot.  All signs point to someone with big evil on his mind.  Then she sees a young waitress breathe her last after being caught in a nightclub shooting.  Against orders, Ballard works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night.

As the investigations entwine, Ballard is forced to face her own demons and confront a danger she could never have imagined.  To find justice for these victims who can't speak for themselves, she must put not only her career but her life on the line.
2 2018 2024 (2) Dark Sacred Night
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When Detective Renée Ballard returns to Hollywood Station to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets, she's shocked that it's retired detective Harry Bosch working a cold case.  Ballard can't let him go through department records, but when he leaves, she looks into the case herself.

The murder was of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway whose body was left in a dumpster like trash.  Now Ballard joins forces with Bosch to find out what happened, and to finally bring a killer to justice.  The two detectives forge a fragile trust, but this new partnership is put to the test when the case takes an unexpected and dangerous turn.

DARK SACRED NIGHT for the first time brings together two powerhouse detectives in a riveting story that unfolds with furious momentum.  And it shows once more why "there's no doubt Connelly is a master of crime fiction" (Associated Press).

"Connelly writes cops better than anyone in the business."
- NEW YORK POST
3 2019 2024 (3) The Night Fire
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SOME CRIMES
LIGHT A FIRE THAT NEVER
GOES OUT...


A JUDGE MURDERED IN A CITY PARK
Mickey Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer, defends the man accused.

A HOMELESS PERSON BURNED ALIVE
Detective Renée Ballard catches the case on the LAPD's notorious graveyard shift.

AN UNSOLVED HOMICIDE FROM A LIFETIME AGO
Harry Bosch is left a missing case file by his mentor who passed away.  Why did he keep the case all these years?  To find the truth - or bury it?

IN L.A. CRIME NEVER SLEEPS
But in Ballard, Bosch, and Haller: the fire always burns.  Will it light the way - or leave their lives in ashes?
4 2021 2024 (4) The Dark Hours
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"RELENTLESS ON THEIR OWN, BALLARD'S AND BOSCH'S
COMBINED SKILLS... COULD BE COMBUSTIBLE."
- Los Angeles Times


There's chaos in Hollywood on New Year's Eve.  Working her graveyard shift, LAPD Detective Renée Ballard seeks shelter at the end of the countdown to wait out the traditional rain of lead as hundreds of revelers shoot their guns into the air.  When reports start to roll in of shattered windshields and other damage, Ballard is called to a scene where a hardworking auto shop owner has been fatally hit by a bullet in the middle of a crowded street party.

It doesn't take long for Ballard to determine that the deadly bullet could not have fallen from the sky.  Ballard's investigation leads her to look into another unsolved murder - a case at one time worked by Detective Harry Bosch.

Ballard and Bosch team up once again to find out where the old and new cases intersect.  All the while, they must look over their shoulders.  The killer who has stayed undetected for so long knows they are coming after him.

"THOROUGHLY ENGROSSING... OFFERS PLENTY OF
SHOCKING SCENES AND CLEVER SURPRISES."
- Wall Street Journal

"FEW WRITERS CAN CAPTURE THE GRITTY STREETS OF LA -
AND TIE INNER WORKINGS OF THE LAPD - LIKE CONNELLY."
- Entertainment Weekly
5 2022 2024 (5) Desert Star
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From audible.com:

LAPD detective Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch team up to hunt the brutal killer who is Bosch’s “white whale”—a man responsible for the murder of an entire family.

A year has passed since LAPD detective Renée Ballard quit the force in the face of misogyny, demoralization, and endless red tape. But after the chief of police himself tells her she can write her own ticket within the department, Ballard takes back her badge, leaving “the Late Show” to rebuild and lead the cold case unit at the elite Robbery-Homicide Division.

For years, Harry Bosch has been working a case that haunts him—the murder of an entire family by a psychopath who still walks free. Ballard makes Bosch an offer: come volunteer as an investigator in her new Open-Unsolved Unit, and he can pursue his “white whale” with the resources of the LAPD behind him.

First priority for Ballard is to clear the unsolved rape and murder of a sixteen-year-old girl. The decades-old case is essential to the councilman who supported re-forming the unit, and who could shutter it again—the victim was his sister. When Ballard gets a “cold hit” connecting the killing to a similar crime, proving that a serial predator has been at work in the city for years, the political pressure has never been higher. To keep momentum going, she has to pull Bosch off his own investigation, the case that is the consummation of his lifelong mission.

The two must put aside old resentments and new tensions to run to ground not one but two dangerous killers who have operated with brash impunity. In what may be his most gripping and profoundly moving book yet, Michael Connelly shows once again why he has been dubbed “one of the greatest crime writers of all time” (Ryan Steck, Crimereads).
6 2024 (6) The WaitingMichael Connelly  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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