Sunday, April 17, 2022

On My Radar: Michael Connelly's Desert Star!

 


Any time I learn that Michael Connelly has a new Renée Ballard mystery on the horizon is a day for a Happy Dance. I love watching Renée and Harry Bosch work together in solving a case.

Let me tell you more about this new book!


Available 8 November 2022!

 
Synopsis:

"A year has passed since LAPD detective Renée Ballard quit the force in the face of misogyny, demoralization, and endless red tape. Yet, after the chief of police himself tells her she can write her ticket within the department, Ballard takes back her badge, leaving the Late Show to rebuild the cold case unit at the elite Robbery-Homicide Division.
 
For years, Harry Bosch has been working a case that haunts him but that he hasn’t been able to crack—the murder of an entire family by a psychopath who still walks free. Ballard makes Bosch an offer: come work with her as a volunteer investigator in the new Open-Unsolved Unit, and he can pursue his “white whale” with the resources of the LAPD behind him.

The two must put aside old resentments to work together again and close in on a dangerous killer.
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The only bad thing about Desert Star? I have to wait until November to get my hands on it! What about you? Are you a Renée Ballard fan? If you're not (yet), I highly recommend starting at the beginning with The Late Show. This is an excellent series.

20 comments:

  1. Oh, I'm sure it's going to be great, Cathy! The plot sounds good, and I do like both of these main characters. You almost can't go wrong with a Connelly...

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  2. How can Harry do this while working as a p.i. with Honey Chandler?

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    1. Bosch: Legacy is where the TV folks wanted to go. Desert Star is where Connelly wanted to go. I can enjoy both without it tying my brain in knots.

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    2. It won't tie my brain in knots, but I'm curious because Connelly is involved in the TV IMBD show, too. If not, who'd write the stories?

      However this happened, I'll enjoy Wellover as a cop aiding Ballard or as a p.i. with Chandler. I don't like that Maddie is a cop, hoped she'd join with Chandler. But we shall see. I will enjoy whatever they do.

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    3. If Connelly is listed as an executive producer that doesn't mean he's writing the stories. The film makers have their own ideas as to where they want the story to go, and they probably run their ideas past Connelly, but in the end, they have the final say, not Connelly.

      I think Welliver is the perfect Bosch, and I love listening to him narrate a Bosch mystery.

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    4. Yes, Wellover is a Bosch doppelganger.

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  3. A new Connelly book is always something to look forward to.

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  4. I love this series, so this is good news for sure. I've been holding off reading the last book in this series until closer to the release date of this new one. For once, I'd like to read a couple of books in this series back-to-back because I forget so many character and plot details of the series if I wait a whole year between books.

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  5. I'm a fan of Connelly's Harry Bosch series, and of his Mickey Haller and Jack McEvoy series, too, but I haven't yet tried any of his Renee Ballard novels. Something to look forward to. :)

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    1. Oooooh! You've got to read the Renée Ballard books!!!

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    2. Yes. Bosch is training Renee Ballard, who is very smart and driven and conscientious.

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    3. Yes, in many ways, she's a young Bosch.

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    4. Yes. She is like a young Bosch, very smart and dogged and ethical.

      But one thing she has to face that he didn't is rampant sexism within the police department and out in the world, dealing with people being investigated or questioned for information or suspects.

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  6. Yes! I saw this news last week, and am now waiting for my library to add it to their system so I can request it :)

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  7. A very long time since I read a book of his. Thank you for the update.

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