World of trouble

Ben H Winters

Book - 2014

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Series
Winters, Ben H. Last policeman ; bk. 3.
Subjects
Genres
Mystery fiction
Suspense fiction
Published
Philadelphia : Quirk Books [2014]
Language
English
Physical Description
316 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781594746857
1594746850
Main Author
Ben H Winters (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The concluding volume of the Last Policeman trilogy takes place the week before an asteroid will slam into Earth. Hank Palace, who used to be a police officer before society started tearing itself apart, has one thing he needs to accomplish before the asteroid hits: find out what has happened to his sister, Nico, who (as recounted in the previous books in the trilogy) had hooked up with a group of people who claimed to have a plan to save the world. Where the first two books (The Last Policeman, 2012, and Countdown City, 2013) were preapocalyptic mysteries, this one, while still set before the cataclysm, reads like a post-­apocalyptic story: society has almost completely fallen apart, cities are deserted ruins, people are scrounging for food, technology is all but dead. The series has had a built-in expiration date from the very beginning, so readers shouldn't be upset that it's ending now, but—and this is an indication of Winters' abundant gifts as a storyteller—we really, really wish he could find a way to keep it going. A fine conclusion to a unique and compelling trilogy. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

The conclusion of Winters's trilogy (The Last Policeman; Countdown City) about a policeman struggling to do his job as the world is about to end still finds Hank Palace tilting at windmills. As the meteor that will destroy Earth hurtles ever closer, his final case is to find his sister Nico. He and Cortez (a thief he met in the last book) follow a clue that leads them to a deserted police station in Ohio, where Nico and her group were gathering in a final effort to stop the meteor. The station looks deserted but presents Hank with one last tragic puzzle to solve. VERDICT It is impossible not to love Hank and his need to try to do the right thing all the time. The bleak premise of this series could be too much, but, instead, it gives a certain clarity to the action of people who become their most real selves when the end of the world arrives. And Hank could have been quite a policeman. [Page 68]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

With just days left before an asteroid collides with Earth, Detective Hank Palace has one last case to solve, locating his missing sister, Nico, but his search leads to a series of shocking revelations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A conclusion to the series that began with the Edgar Award-winning The Last Policeman finds Detective Hank Palace holing up with his former associates in a safe house waiting for the doomsday asteroid only to confront astounding revelations. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"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" --

Review by Publisher Summary 4

“A genre-defying blend of crime writing and science fiction.”—Alexandra Alter, The New York Times Nominated for the 2015 Edgar® Award for Best Paperback OriginalCritically acclaimed author Ben H. Winters delivers this explosive final installment in the Edgar® Award winning Last Policeman series. 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.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

“A genre-defying blend of crime writing and science fiction.”—Alexandra Alter, The New York Times The explosive final installment in the Edgar® Award winning Last Policeman series. 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.