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The Last Policeman

Winters, Ben H. (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Last Policeman
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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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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.

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.

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

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