[]
[]

The Last Policeman

Winters, Ben H.

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Last Policeman
Print
When the Earth is doomed by an imminent and unavoidable asteroid collision, New Hampshire homicide detective Hank Palace considers the worth of his job in a world destined to end in six months and investigates a suspicious suicide that nobody else cares about.
Publisher: Philadelphia : Quirk Books, c2012
ISBN: 9781594745768
1594745765
Branch Call Number: FICTION WINTERS 2012
Characteristics: 316 p. ;,21 cm

Opinion

From Library Staff

A world-ending asteroid is on the way, and newly-minted detective Hank Palace is trying to keep doing his job amidst the chaos and despair. Science fiction for people who like police procedurals. #1 in a trilogy -- the finale, World of Trouble, is due out later this summer.

When the Earth is doomed by an imminent and unavoidable asteroid collision, New Hampshire homicide detective Hank Palace considers the worth of his job in a world destined to end in six months and investigates a suspicious suicide that nobody else cares about.

When the Earth is doomed by an imminent and unavoidable asteroid collision, New Hampshire homicide detective Hank Palace considers the worth of his job in a world destined to end in six months and investigates a suspicious suicide that nobody else cares about.


From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

Jan 06, 2015
  • billmacrotarian rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I started The Last Policeman but stopped reading when I found out it was written in the first person, present tense. This type of writing is utterly lazy. Therefore, I stop. I don’t read anymore.

Jan 04, 2015
  • BrigidWilson rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

After accidentally picking up the third in this trilogy, I quickly sought this first volume out. An asteroid is threatening Earth, with landfall in six months, but that doesn't keep Hank Palace, newly-minted police detective, from doggedly pursuing what he believes to be a murder investigation. Everyone around him says, nope, it's just another "hanger", but Palace is convinced and spends his time tracking down the truth of the matter. Apparently Winters has written some comedic stuff, and Library Journal insists he doesn't take it too far in this series, but there are quite a lot of witty sections.
"Skeve (guy's name) is not any kind of terrorist. He's an idiot" --Hank
"The overlapping Venn-diagram section of those two categories, you will find, can be quite large." --Hank's ex-girlfriend, conveniently working for a "secret" government agency.

"Yeah, good collar. Except where you shot the guy to death." --Chief Ordley

"The suspect attacked me with a scale model of the New Hampshire state house." ---Hank's internal dialogue, which he wisely chooses not to share

At the end of the book, the Concord (NH) police department is being militarized, so it looks like Hank's out of a job. I'm not sure I'll continue with the series, but I do kind of want to see what Hank will get up to next.

Nov 28, 2014
  • anfieldfan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book and the whole trilogy. It's more about how people would behave facing the end of the world than a detective story, although it certainly has that element. Very unique tale.

Sep 10, 2014
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is the first book from Ben Winters that I read, and I have to admit I like his writing style. As to the story, the background is fairly unique - the earth has 6 months to live due to a pending asteroid strike. Some people kill themselves, some indulge in excesses, while the protagonist police detective is still obsessed with doing his job, solving crime. I am not sure I will agree 100% with Mr. Winters' depiction of how the government would operate, and how some people would behave under these circumstances, but I do find the read enjoyable. A good book for fans of detective stories.

Aug 12, 2014
  • mrjmoskau rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This whole series has been fantastic, and it never flags! It presents itself as speculative fiction, goes down the police procedural route, and yet it's very, almost painfully human. Henry Palace is new to detective work, and while enthusiastic about doing a good job, he's got a lot to learn.

For those complaining about loose ends, who's life doesn't have loose ends?

And make sure to read all three books. There is an over-arching storyline, and the payoff of that is heartbreakingly right.

Who cares about an insurance man who hangs himself in a fast food restaurant when the earth will be hit by a giant asteroid in a few months? Detective Henry Palace does. Palace is young, green, and dedicated to finding the truth. As the world falls apart around him, Palace pursues this case as only a naive and newly minted detective can. This apparently open and closed case is not what it first appears to be. For readers of apocalyptic as well as mystery fiction.

Jul 23, 2014
  • jmhoughton rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent read. Can't wait to check out the next two in the trilogy.

Feb 11, 2014
  • mikehenke rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

amazing! could put it down. read in one afternoon

Aug 30, 2013
  • sit_walk rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

excellent pre-apocalyptic police procedural. how often to you get to say that? :)

Aug 29, 2013
  • Fionaenzo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I reread some passages - just to enjoy his descriptions of people and places. Captivating. Fun. Intriguing.

View All Comments

Age

Add Age Suitability

Aug 12, 2014
  • mrjmoskau rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

mrjmoskau thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Find it at MCL

  Loading...

Powered by BiblioCommons.
app13 Version musli Last updated 2015/02/24 14:10