First Paragraph: The Late Show

firstparagraphEvery Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea shares the first paragraph of a book currently being read. Feel free to join the fun.

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I am a big fan of Michael Connelly. Have been for a long time. I like both his Harry Bosch series and his Mickey Haller series. Well, now Mr. Connelly has introduced a new star and, I hope, a new series. This new “star” is Renée Ballard. She’s a young detective working the midnight-to-dawn shift in L.A. She’s sharp and dedicated and should be moving ahead, but an influential lieutenant has it in for her. So far I’m really enjoying getting to know Renée. Here’s how the story begins:


Ballard and Jenkins rolled up on the house on El Centro shortly before midnight. It was the first call of the shift. There was already a patrol cruiser at the curb out front and Ballard recognized the two blue suiters standing on the front porch of the bungalow with a gray-haired woman in a bathrobe. John Stanley was the shift’s senior lead officer—the street boss—and his partner was Jaco Ross.

What do you think?

Would you keep reading?

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8 Responses to First Paragraph: The Late Show

  1. Of course I’d keep reading, after all the scene is set for action!

  2. I’d keep reading. It sounds interesting. Happy reading

  3. I’ve had this one on hold for months. I’m down to number 95–it’s going to take a while longer to get it. Hope you enjoy it!

  4. I am really excited about trying out this series. I haven’t read nearly enough by Connelly. I love what I have read though, and this one sounds good.

  5. Wow, what a scene! I definitely want to keep reading now, and I realize that I’ve been missing out since I last read this author. I like the idea of starting over with a new series and set of characters.

    Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

  6. Yvonne says:

    This one is on my wishlist. It sounds great.

  7. Diane says:

    Leave me wanting more – great pick.

  8. Emma says:

    This is one of those authors I always said I’d read at some point. Maybe a new character is a good place to start?

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