The Last Policeman
The 2013 Edgar® Award Winner for Best Paperback Original!
"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.
"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 magazine
"Ben Winters vividly describes the decline of civilization in this pre-apocalyptic story, and spins a wonderful tale... 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." — NY 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 magazine
"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
"...a heck of a lot of fun."--Locus
What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die? Detective Hank Palace has asked this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. Several kilometers wide, it’s on a collision course with planet Earth, with just six precious months until impact.
The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. Industry is grinding to a halt. Most people have abandoned their jobs. But not Hank Palace. As our story opens, he’s investigating the latest suicide in a city that’s full of suicides—only this one feels wrong. This one feels like homicide. And Palace is the only one who cares. What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die?
The Last Policeman offers a story we’ve never read before: A police procedural set on the brink of an apocalypse. What would any of us do, what would we really do, if our days were numbered?
BEN H. WINTERS is a New York Times best-selling author (Quirk’s Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters) and an Edgar Award nominee (for the HarperCollins YA novel The Secret Life of Ms. Finkelman). His most recent novel, Bedbugs (Quirk, 2011), was hailed by Vanity Fair as a “diabolical tale of paranoia.” He lives in Indianapolis, IN.