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The Last Policeman: Book summary and reviews of The Last Policeman by Ben Winters

The Last Policeman

A Novel

by Ben Winters

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The Last Policeman by Ben Winters
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  • Published Jul 2012
    288 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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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?

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"Starred Review. 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

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Ben Winters Author Biography

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Ben H. Winters is the New York Times bestselling author of The Quiet Boy, Underground Airlines, Golden State, and the Last Policeman trilogy. His books have won the Edgar Award, the Philip K. Dick award, the Sidewise Award, and France's Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire. Ben also writes for television, and lives in Los Angeles with his family.

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