"[The] weird, beautiful, unapologetically apocalyptic Last Policeman trilogy is one of my favorite mystery series."—John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns
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?
Ebook contains an excerpt from the anticipated second book in the trilogy, Countdown City.
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...Palace refuses to let the future control his present, emerging as a likeable hero of the end times. A divergent subplot involving Palace's ex-girlfriend, his sister, and her radical conspiracy-theorist husband slows down the story...Read Full Review of The Last Policeman: A Novel | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
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.Read Full Review of The Last Policeman: A Novel | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books
...it’s a solidly plotted whodunit with strong characters and excellent dialogue. But the impending apocalypse isn’t merely window dressing, either: it’s a key piece of the puzzle Hank is trying to solve.Read Full Review of The Last Policeman: A Novel
What makes Palace such a fine hero is that despite the slim hopes for his case and the slimmer hopes for the planet itself, he gets to work—following his hunches and utilizing the skills he’s been honing his whole life.Read Full Review of The Last Policeman: A Novel
The writing...leaves a lot to be desired. Winters sometimes tries to write like a pulp novelist, but Palace is too gooey a character. He winds up sounding like an angsty teenager describing his emotions by hamfistedly cataloging his physical feelings (his heart beats “like a desperate prisoner” in one passage).Read Full Review of The Last Policeman: A Novel
...all we can do is root for Henry to deliver justice while there’s still time to appreciate it. Even at the end of the world, there’s still something to be said for putting our best foot forward, doing the right thing, and hoping there are others out there like Henry who will keep the gears turning until the very last moment.Read Full Review of The Last Policeman: A Novel
It’s creepy fun to read Winters' description of a pre-apocalyptic society that knows it's doomed...The Last Policeman is only the first book in a trilogy. I'm eager to read the other books...Read Full Review of The Last Policeman: A Novel
While the main plot of the book is fairly standard police procedural fare, the descriptions of society in terminal decline are absolutely riveting.Read Full Review of The Last Policeman: A Novel
This was a good story, and it was very well written. That being said, I still had trouble getting into it. I think that maybe Palace’s methodical approach to life, especially considering that he’s probably going to die in a few short months, could’ve used a little spice.Read Full Review of The Last Policeman: A Novel
It’s science fiction! It’s crime fiction! It’s a…sci-cri! The Last Policeman is the latest thrilling novel by New York Times best-selling author Ben H. Winters...Read Full Review of The Last Policeman: A Novel
If we ignore the weakening of the book's underlying premise, the rest of the novel offers a fun and competent police procedural story.Read Full Review of The Last Policeman: A Novel
The mystery itself is interesting, with plenty of twists and engaging characters. However, the main thing that attracted me to this book was Winters’ skill in showing what happens to people under stress, particularly of the existential type.Read Full Review of The Last Policeman: A Novel
This is a genuinely engaging mystery novel that boldly asks us to consider what life is worth, and what truly defines us as individuals. The first in a planned trilogy, The Last Policeman not only presents a brilliant premise – it executes it to perfection...Read Full Review of The Last Policeman: A Novel
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