“A genre-defying blend of crime writing and science fiction.” –Alexandra Alter, The New York Times
“Winters’s apocalyptic detective story contains an earth-shattering element of science fiction that lifts it beyond a typical procedural.”—New York Times Book Review
“The Last Policeman books offer an appealing hybrid of the best of science fiction and crime fiction.”—The Washington Post
“In his acclaimed Last Policeman trilogy, Masters showed off his mastery of edgy, sardonic wit — there’s nothing like an asteroid speeding toward Earth to bring out the black humor in people.”—Newsday
"[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?
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
- Paperback ISBN: 978-1-59474-674-1
- e-Book ISBN: 978-1-59474-577-5
- Book Dimensions:5¼ x 8
- Page Count:336
- Release Date:May 13, 2013