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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,686 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben H. Winters Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Last Policeman Series Release Date:
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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 preapocalyptic 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?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Full of compelling twists, likable characters, and a sad beauty, The Last Policeman is a gem.”

    San Francisco Book Review

  • “Sharp, funny, and deeply wise.”

    Slate

  • The Last Policeman succeeds both as a mystery, with a quirky detective and an intriguing whodunit, and as a piece of apocalyptic speculative fiction. That’s good news. The even better news is that this novel is supposed to be the first of a planned trilogy, with each case occurring closer to the moment when, as Henry repeatedly notes, ‘Bam!’ And that is something we can anticipate with a good feeling.”

    Sacramento News & Review

  • “A solidly plotted whodunit with strong characters and excellent dialogue.”

    Booklist

  • “This thought-provoking mystery should appeal to crime fiction aficionados who like an unusual setting and readers looking for a fresh take on apocalypse stories.”

    Library Journal

  • “Ben Winters vividly describes the decline of civilization in this pre-apocalyptic story, and spins a wonderful tale… It is a well-written mystery that will have readers eagerly awaiting the second installment.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “Ben Winters makes noir mystery even darker: his latest novel sets a despondent detective on a suspicious suicide case—while an asteroid hurtles toward earth.”

    Wired

  • “Normally, only Stephen King and Dean Koontz can suck me into a book and not release their stranglehold until I, exhausted from lack of sleep, have turned the last page. Now [Ben Winters] has joined their ranks…The Last Policeman is extraordinary—as well as brilliant, surprising, and, considering the circumstances, oddly uplifting.”

    Mystery Scene

  • “A promising kickoff to a planned trilogy. For Winters, the beauty is in the details rather than the plot’s grim main thrust.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Winner of the 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Paperback Original
  • A 2013 Macavity Award Nominee for Best Mystery Novel
  • Selected for the July 2012 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jane | 2/18/2014

    " I ennjoyed the book. written from an interesting point in time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ellen Wylie | 2/14/2014

    " Great concept, gripping plot, terrific prose. I can't wait for the sequel! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Thornthawat Thongnab | 2/9/2014

    " A mediocre murder mystery set in a pre-apocalyptic world that is far too interesting to be just a backdrop. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Becky Maynard | 2/8/2014

    " finished The Last Policeman: A Novel by Ben H. Winters and gave it 5 stars. What a great concept--but better yet, the writing is more than acceptable, at times it approaches brilliance. The characters are drawn by events and actions, not just words. Not the usual typenof writing one would expect from the typical books of this genre i absolutely want the next book right now! "

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