BOSCH TAKES ON NEW PARTNER
Michael Connelly introduced Los Angeles Police Department detective Renee Ballard in his novel The Late Show. She was given the graveyard shift after reporting her former partner for harassment, and she doesn’t let the poor assignment distract her from her duty.
One late evening she sees someone going through old file cabinets and confronts him. He’s Harry Bosch and he’s working on a particular cold case he wants to solve involving the murder of a 15-year-old runaway. After Bosch tells Ballard the details, she informs Bosch that he needs to leave since they could both get into trouble. After he leaves, she realizes her curiosity has been piqued and now she wants to uncover the girl’s killer as well.
Ballard offers to assist in the investigation and even helps take off hours to go through old notes written by the officers who originally tried to solve the murder. She and Bosch soon become hesitant partners. Obstacles in both the cold case and current investigations will quickly put their relationship to the test.
So much better than most crime fiction writers, Connelly’s characters are human and real.
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