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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.

Dark Sa­cred Night

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