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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: July 2012 ISBN: 9781469226224
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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 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. What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway? 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? Download and start listening now!

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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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juanita | 1/30/2014

    " I liked the story and the main character very much. I will be buying the series to read. The book had just enough of everything - suspense, science, mystery, well-formed characters, just enough back story and a hint of what might come in books ahead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 1/29/2014

    " Great read!Couldn't put it down! Have to try his other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celticann | 1/26/2014

    " What would you do if you knew the world was to end? Police Detective Hank Palace operates in a pre-apocalyptic U.S. attempting to solve a murder while the world prepares for the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn Muller | 1/13/2014

    " Loved the concept of a world (ours) on the brink of destruction, and how society is slowly crumbling. It makes for a unique backdrop to the standard murder mystery - wish I'd thought of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobby | 12/21/2013

    " Couldn't put this one down. A great mystery and a great pre-apocalypse story. It got me interested in how pre-apocalpyse economies would work. What kept it from making all five stars was the inherent depressingness of the subject and that it's the first in a trilogy. A trilogy? Really? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denis Barlow | 11/29/2013

    " Interesting scenario but it didn't quite work for me. I enjoyed the book and I will look for any sequels but it wasn't one of the best I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rich | 11/16/2013

    " It would of gotten four stars but the ending... OH THE ENDING! In the simplest of words it just sucked! Henry Palace was a great character, even in the face of certain doom he did his job and he did it well! Other then the ending the book was a pretty good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert James | 5/5/2013

    " I read that this is book one of a trilogy. I will probably continue reading if that is true to see where the story goes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 3/13/2013

    " great book. at the same time the story compelled me to turn pages, it also made me want to slow down to think more deeply about all the powerful issues it raises, everything from the drug war to the meaning of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cp | 3/11/2013

    " I really liked the tone of this book and the attitude of the main guy. Good Read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie R | 2/12/2013

    " I absolutely loved this little book. Found it completely engrossing, believable and the mystery a mystery until the end. I don't know if he has any more up his sleeve until the "end" but if he does, I will read them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 10/28/2012

    " Sort of weird book. The world is going to end and everyone is committing suicide. In the middle of that there are still murders to solve. What would we all do in this scenario? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zach | 7/23/2012

    " I'm not built for mystery novels. All the "he was sitting for a second and then BAM it came to him!" stuff. I dunno, it's not my thing. I'm much more interested in the asteroid coming to destroy earth in this novel than I am in the murder investigation. "

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About the Author
Author Ben H. Winters

Ben H. Winters is an Edgar Award winner and a New York Times bestselling author. His novel Bedbugs was hailed by Vanity Fair as a “diabolical tale of paranoia.” He lives in Indianapolis.

About the Narrator

Peter Berkrot, a forty-year veteran of stage and screen, was the director of narration for the Emmy-nominated The Truth about Cancer. He has voiced over three hundred audiobook titles, winning six Earphones Awards, a 2012 Audie Award nomination, and a 2016 Audie Award. He has appeared in Showtime’s Brotherhood and Loosies and played Angie D’Annunzio in Caddyshack.