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5.28.2014

Review: The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

The Last Policeman: A Novel by Ben. H. Winters
Mystery, Apocalyptic
Ebook, Paperback, Audio (322 pages, QUIRK)
What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway?
Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact.
The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job—but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging in a city that sees a dozen suicides every week—except this one feels suspicious, and Palace is the only cop who cares.
The first in a trilogy, The Last Policeman offers a mystery set on the brink of an apocalypse. As Palace’s investigation plays out under the shadow of 2011GV1, we’re confronted by hard questions way beyond “whodunit.” What basis does civilization rest upon? What is life worth? What would any of us do, what would we really do, if our days were numbered?
Author Site: website

'Til death do us part... (4 stars)

When I was approached about getting my hands on review copies for this trilogy I hesitated. I just don't read a lot of mysteries and if you're familiar with my blog you're probably scratching your head as to why I would accept it. But I am so glad I did! I'm a big fan of end-of-days storylines but so very few tread into this kind of territory. What would people really do if they knew they only had a short amount of time to live... and everyone else was going out with them?

The mystery itself is slowly built and paced and Hank is actually a pretty dull character and yet I found THE LAST POLICEMAN impossible to put down. It's one of those stories that just begs to be finished in one sitting. With so many people committing suicide why would you bother killing someone? It's finding this motive that insists you keep turning the pages. It's sad and ugly and thoughtful and though Hank is far from the most interesting protagonist its his desire to know the truth that makes him a great character.

I enjoyed it so much I've been waiting to start the second book, COUNTDOWN CITY until right before the third book, WORLD OF TROUBLE, comes out so I'll be fresh. Not sure if it's for you? Think meets Seeking a Friend For the End of the World meets Melancholia with a detective who just won't quit trying to find the truth.



Notes: Review copy received via publisher.

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