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The Last Policeman

Winters, Ben H. (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Winters, Ben H.
Title: The last policeman
Publisher: Philadelphia : Quirk Books, c2012
Characteristics: 316 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Ben H. Winters
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9781594745768
1594745765
Branch Call Number: FICTION WINTERS 2012
Subject Headings: Suicide Fiction New Hampshire Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Suicide
LCCN: 2012023405
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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.


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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.

Aug 17, 2013
  • bbb1771 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great read, with plenty of loose ends to hold interest for the next installment.

Aug 03, 2013
  • calvoer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A thoughtful, meticulously well-written mystery that applies a sci fi scenario to the noir genre. With on-pitch dialogue and spare prose, Ben Winters nails his characterizations of people desperately trying to come to terms with their common dreadful fate. He does a great job of tying this in with development of the mystery plot. Not a fan of the noir mystery, however, I found it a bit slow and the apocalyptic theme stomach turning. Perfect for those who love noir, love sci fi, and have tolerance for tragedy.

Mar 14, 2013
  • LaBeteNoir rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Best of two genres, end of the world sci fi and a noirish mystery. Crazily i look forward to next two of trilogy, even knowing it is all going up in smoke in 6 months.

Sep 19, 2012
  • dcafk rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It took me a while to get into this novel, but when I did, I couldn't stop reading.
This is part of a trilogy and I can't wait for the second book to appear.
It is a highly imaginative story with great characters: not all of them sympathetic, but all of them understandable.

Aug 26, 2012
  • adelaideblair rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Low key sci-fi noir is a light but fulfilling read. First in a series of three, I am looking forward to the next book.

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