USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - BOOKS - Jo­ce­lyn McClurg

A hit ‘Show’: If Michael Con­nelly har­bored any doubts about whether hard-core Harry Bosch fans would fol­low him as he in­tro­duced a new cop hero­ine, they should be al­layed by the per­for­mance of The Late Show.

The thriller, star­ring LAPD De­tec­tive Renée Bal­lard, lands at No. 1 on USA TO­DAY’s Best­Selling Books list.

“It is ex­tremely grat­i­fy­ing to hit that spot with a new char­ac­ter,” Con­nelly tells USA TO­DAY. “I have high hopes for Renée Bal­lard’s lit­er­ary life, and it can’t start out bet­ter than the top of USA TO­DAY’s best-seller list.”

The Late Show is Con­nelly’s 30th novel, but the first to fea­ture Bal­lard, who is ban­ished to the Hol­ly­wood night shift af­ter her sex­ual ha­rass­ment com­plaint against a male su­per­vi­sor goes nowhere.

The Late Show is Con­nelly’s sec­ond novel to hit No. 1, but the first to make its de­but in the top spot. The Wrong Side of Good­bye, a Bosch novel, landed at No. 2 on Nov. 10, 2016, and then hit No. 1 on Jan. 5, 2017.

In a July 18 #Book­markThis in­ter­view with USA TO­DAY on Face­book Live, Con­nelly said it was a “big deal” for him when Good­bye hit No. 1, prov­ing the en­dur­ing pop­u­lar­ity of Bosch, a now-re­tired LAPD homi­cide de­tec­tive and in­spi­ra­tion for the Ama­zon Prime se­ries.

There’s more Bosch to come this year.

On Oct. 31, Con­nelly will pub­lish Two Kinds of Truth, in which Harry is back and vol­un­teer­ing for the San Fer­nando Po­lice Depart­ment.

In his Face­book Live chat, Con­nelly gave a hint of what’s in store for Bal­lard. The new Bosch thriller, he said, “has a seed planted in it for an­other Bal­lard book. ... It’s just a lit­tle ref­er­ence that next year you might be read­ing more.”


Michael Con­nelly

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.