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Review: Connelly's 'Late Show' a promising series launch

Review: Connelly's 'Late Show' a promising series launch

‘The Late Show’ By Michael Connelly. Little, Brown, 400 pages, $28

“The Late Show” marks another milestone for best-selling author Michael Connelly — the launch of a terrific new series with a female lead. Det. Renée Ballard is a formidable character, an insightful and tenacious investigator with an unusual background and a sturdy personality to carry a series.

Avid fans of Connelly’s long-running series about Harry Bosch needn’t worry. The author will continue to write about Harry, who has found a new career as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando police department. Bosch will make his 24th appearance in Connelly’s...