Last Policeman: A Novel, The

Ben Winters
Winner of the 2013 Edgar® Award Winner for Best Paperback Original!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?


Reviewed: 2017-03-10

This series is a lot of fun. It's easy to read, quick to read, simple, and has a nice play on the standard apocolypse story concept. The world will explode in a few months time due to meteor, but a young policeman in New England tries to maintain a sense of normalcy and hold onto his job while everything around him turns to chaos. This book is sooo new england - i especially loved that about it.

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