Michael Connelly is a great writer. Renee Ballard, his new detective confirms that once again.
It would be too easy to simply compare Ballard to Bosch. A loner at war with the establishment. But dedicated to the dead no matter who they are. We treat them all or we don't treat any.
Michael is subtle so we have totally believable cop who is dogged, intuitive and with a lot of baggage. Her punishment for going against the boys club code is night patrol. Then in one night there is credit card theft, almost deadly assault and a multiple homicide. She doggedly pursues the first two but is warned off the other. Like that's going to stop her. But who are her friends and who is out to destroy her.
Michael drags you into the story using a narrative first person style. You see the clues as Ballard sees them. You follow the twists. You feel the disappointments. While the story could be complicated Michael keeps it straightforward. There are no surprise Agatha Christie moments. There is build of tension and the final twists are unexpected.
Michael Connelly fans won't be disappointed. Renee is a detective first and so Michael doesn't need to set up Renee as a type of person and then have to fit the story to suit. I look forward to a new series of well written police stories. Good one Michael.
- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 22 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
- Audible.com.au Release Date: 11 July 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B06XQ1YWMP
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,776 in Audible (See Top 100 in Audible)