The Last Policeman

The Last Policeman : A Novel

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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?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 146 x 146 x 22mm | 304g
  • Philadelphia, United States
  • English
  • 1594745765
  • 9781594745768
  • 238,198

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.`..a solidly plotted whodunit with strong characters and excellent dialogue...This memorable tale is the first of a planned trilogy.`--`Booklist`

`This thought-provoking mystery should appeal to crime fiction aficionados who like an unusual setting and readers looking for a fresh take on apocalypse stories.`--`Library Journal`

`Ben Winters vividly describes the decline of civilization in this pre-apocalyptic story, and spins a wonderful tale...This engrossing story is the first in a planned trilogy. It is a well-written mystery that will have readers eagerly awaiting the second installment.`--`NY Journal of Books`

``The Last Policeman `presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States.`--``

`Ben Winters makes noir mystery even darker: his latest novel sets a despondent detective on a suspicious suicide case--while an asteroid hurtles toward earth.`--`Wired `magazine

`Normally, only Stephen King and Dean Koontz can suck me into a book and not release their stranglehold until I, exhausted from lack of sleep, have turned the last page. Now [Ben Winters] has joined their ranks...`The Last Policeman` is extraordinary--as well as brilliant, surprising, and, considering the circumstances, oddly uplifting.`--`Mystery Scene `magazine

`Absolutely outstanding, I completely loved it from start to finish and I'm already rueing the fact that there will only be two more in the series...this gets the highest recommendation I can give. Buy it.`--`In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel`

`A promising kickoff to a planned trilogy. For Winters, the beauty is in the details rather than the plot's grim main thrust.`--`Kirkus Reviews`, STARRED review
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About Ben H. Winters

BEN H. WINTERS is a New York Times bestselling author and an Edgar Award nominee. His novels include SENSE AND SENSIBILITY AND SEA MONSTERS (Quirk 2009; 10+ weeks on the NYT list), the Edgar-Award nominated YA novel THE SECRET LIFE OF MS. FINKLEMAN (HarperCollins 2009) and most recently BEDBUGS (Quirk, 2011), which was hailed by VANITY FAIR as a diabolical tale of paranoia. Ben lives in Cambridge with his wife and three children.
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30,943 ratings
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5 21% (6,487)
4 45% (13,991)
3 26% (8,120)
2 6% (1,716)
1 2% (629)
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