Friday, November 6, 2015

Mini Review: The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

Author: Ben H. Winters
Publisher: Quirk Books
Source: Purchased
Format: eBook
Release Date: July 10, 2012

Synopsis from the publisher's website:
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?

Mini Review:
The Last Policeman was a very compelling read. In this pre-apocalyptic novel, we meet Henry Palace, a newly promoted detective. Henry refuses to stop investigating a suspected murder case despite having the knowledge that the Earth and its inhabitants will be eradicated by an asteroid.

The events laid out in the book lead readers to ask more questions than a typical "whodunit" mystery. It leads you to reflect on what you would do if you only had 6 more months on Earth. Would you continue living your life? Go on an extended vacation? Or just choose to end it all by your own hand?

This is the first in the Last Policeman Trilogy. I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to continue reading about Henry Palace in the sequel, Countdown City.

I was introduced to The Last Policeman series through The Morning Show Book Club. You can read more about the book club and its next featured read, Black Swan Green by David Mitchell, here.



  1. I was bored lately to read detective stories, I hope this book will return me the thrill of reading detectives, though the plot sounds interesting with the pre-apocalyptic United States shown.

  2. Hi thannks for posting this


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