Archive for September, 2016

The Last Policeman Series

Saturday, September 17th, 2016 ::

Beginning with The Last Policeman, Ben H. Winters wrote a great little series of mysteries set in the midst of a looming apocalypse. An asteroid is coming to destroy the world, but until it arrives, life (mostly) goes on for many people. As the series progresses, things change, but I found the mysteries remained the focal points of the books, while the looming apocalypse added a refreshing and distinct flavor to the stories.

Links are to Amazon.com for the paperback versions. Kindle ebook versions are available (and what I recommend so that you can start reading right away).

The Last Policeman (The Last Policeman Series, #1) Countdown City (The Last Policeman Series, #2) World of Trouble (The Last Policeman Series, #3)

Highly recommended!

1. The Last Policeman

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?

Read my review.

The Last Policeman at Amazon.com.

2. Countdown City

Detective Hank Palace returns in Countdown City, the second volume of the Last Policeman trilogy. There are just 77 days before a deadly asteroid collides with Earth, and Detective Palace is out of a job. With the Concord police force operating under the auspices of the U.S. Justice Department, Hank’s days of solving crimes are over…until a woman from his past begs for help finding her missing husband.

Brett Cavatone disappeared without a trace—an easy feat in a world with no phones, no cars, and no way to tell whether someone’s gone “bucket list” or just gone. With society falling to shambles, Hank pieces together what few clues he can, on a search that leads him from a college-campus-turned-anarchist-encampment to a crumbling coastal landscape where anti-immigrant militia fend off “impact zone” refugees.

Countdown City at Amazon.com.

3. World of Trouble

With the doomsday asteroid looming, Detective Hank Palace has found sanctuary in the woods of New England, secure in a well-stocked safe house with other onetime members of the Concord police force. But with time ticking away before the asteroid makes landfall, Hank’s safety is only relative, and his only relative—his sister Nico—isn’t safe. Soon, it’s clear that there’s more than one earth-shattering revelation on the horizon, and it’s up to Hank to solve the puzzle before time runs out . . . for everyone.

World of Trouble at Amazon.com.

Quick Review: The Last Policeman

Saturday, September 17th, 2016 ::

The Last Policeman (The Last Policeman Series, #1)

Here’s a book I can recommended, and highly too: The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters.

I happen to enjoy apocalyptic fiction, and particularly apocalyptic fiction about natural disasters. I came across The Last Policeman while searching for stories about asteroid and comet strikes and got quite excited when I realized this particular story combines two of my favorite reading genres: mystery and apocalypse.

I went into the book not really knowing what to expect but it turned out to be a good mystery (although I did kind of see the end coming, it was the journey that was fun in this one).

Hank Palace is one of the most appealing policemen I’ve read about in fiction in a long time. A man of strong character and with a practical bent, Palace’s reactions to the situation around him are interesting and entertaining. Palace is the kind of guy you don’t mind spending time with, and I enjoyed his first-person account of what was going on around him during the looming apocalypse while still trying to solve a crime most people don’t seem that interested in solving.

I’ve recommended this book to everyone I know who loves both mystery and science fiction because I found it so entertaining. Highly recommended. :)

The Last Policeman (book 1 of The Last Policeman trilogy)

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?

The Last Policeman at Amazon.com.

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