I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
I have done the pre- and post-apocalyptic story before, and have never found that type of story to be to my liking. However, I am glad I decided to give this book a try. I was hooked from the very beginning of the story. I will definitely read the next two books as soon as they become available.
Detective Hank Palace sees a murder where everyone else sees a suicide. What was most interesting to me was how Detective Palace finds the motivation, and the clues to continue the investigation under such distressing circumstances. The cast of characters and society felt real to me regarding the reactions to the news of the asteroid. Some people keep moving forward, some try to complete their bucket list and others just become useless, and at worse, dangerous to the community.
I found that when I was listening to this book my entire mood would change to mild distress and sadness. I was reading a second book at home that had me laughing and in an entirely different mood, but as soon as I turned on this audio book, I would go immediately to a darker place. The author was very good at getting me emotionally involved in the story.
The narrator, Peter Berkrot, was good, not excellent. Some of the voices he used sounded strange and had a sarcastic sound when I thought the dialog should have been interpreted differently. But that is a small complaint and did not bother me overall.
I notice that "The Last Policeman" just won a 2013 Edgar Award. I congratulate Ben H. Winters and look forward to how this trilogy plays out.
Yes, already have :-)
"The End of the World is coming, but that doesn't mean you can get away with murder..."
I downloaded this as a change from my usual fodder. It sounded interesting. That was the only reason. Actually its a very good book, well written, narrated and I think it would be fairly realistic for the situation. Its very much a SF book but full of suspense. I look forward to book two.
The main character, the newbie detective working under such difficult conditions. The narration is so good that you can picture the main and other characters.
I think overall the book flows with all scenes being well written and narrated. The number on the box.
Yes I would prefer to listen to it all, but it is easy to remember the storyline if you do need a break.
Keep an eye on this author and narrator.
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A well-written mystery with a noir feel and an end-of-the-world twist. I had heard a lot about this book and I think it lives up to the hype -- the apocalyptic scenario adds a depth that you don't normally get in this genre, and, I suspect, is going to provide an over-arching mystery to the series. I plan to read more!
I cannot say I enjoyed this book. It is well written, the characters are interesting, the plot is believable, but it is so dark! I had to stop reading. I hated the family dynamics. I hated the endless descent into despair.
The story needs more grace notes. Perhaps if I return to it much later, I will find some redemption or hope in the story somewhere. It was simply too dark to finish without a long hiatus.
I enjoyed Henry's dream description of becoming a detective. I could understand his motivation and empathize with his disappointment that his reality was so much less than the dream.
Gosh! I sure hope they don't make a movie. Columbine, Boston, and the Oklahoma City Tornado is sufficient reality thank you. Civilization is unraveling quite quickly enough and doesn't need more despair and suffering than is already played out nightly on the news. A movie would be superfluous.
One of the best works of fiction in its genre the past few years.
At first I could not understand the author's choice of tense because I am sometimes a little dense. When I did, I realized that the genius of the book.
Okay! Taking this audio book into the bathroom is not such a good idea. Your not going to finish the book and someone else is violently banging on the door, threatening you because, they are trying desperately to use the facilities too. Problem is, you've got 6 more hours on an 8 hour book and you don't want to turn it off except for the insistent banging on door. But it's worth it. I'm listening to it and all it's all dark humor with a pretty good gumshoe story too. It's definitely going to be one of those books among my revisits library.for later. Five Stars including the hokey narration.
The plot was alright. I was hoping for a bit more, but all in all, it was a good romp and I'll be looking forward to the next installation in the series.
This is the first Peter Berkrot performance I've listened to.
It made me want to watch my noir classic films.
I'm a professional dog trainer who loves to read. I have degrees in English and Adult Ed. I love well written books that take me away.
Loved this well crafted, well written, thought provoking, and engaging take on a classic who-done-it. Well worth the listen. Wish there were more like it.
Though there is lots of post-apocalyptic fiction being written, pre-apocalyptic fiction is a much more rare thing and I loved the uniqueness of the concept.
This novel is full of funny, sad and poignant moments. Unfortunately I can't' think of any that wouldn't be plot spoilers, sorry.
I really find a good narrator makes a great book even better and Peter Berkot's was so good I found myself wanting to search out other books he's narrated.
If you like this one I would highly recommend Charlie Huston's Sleepless, another novel told from the point of view of a cop on a world's that's slowly coming to an end.