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.
Not a bad story on its own, even without the whole " killer asteroid" heading for earth. If you have any background in law enforcement or investigation, you will probably figure out whats going on pretty fast. I do have to say I 100% respect the main character for keeping his head even though the world is coming to an end. The ending does seem to set the book up for a squeal which might be interesting and i wouldn't mind checking it out when it comes to audible.
Yes, already have :-)
"The End of the World is coming, but that doesn't mean you can get away with murder..."
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.
Former Executive Producer for Adventures in Scifi Publishing.
The Last Policeman was a clever mashup of post-apocalyptic chaos in the calm but mysterious path of a detective who chooses doing what he does best while the rest of the world waits to die. From the first page to the end, Ben H. Winters proved to be an author I’ll keep on my short list for stories that are easy to enjoy, have more than meets the eye, and deliver on mystery, humor and emotion. I love post-apocalyptic stories, and this story hit that sweet spot, though in a bit different way than the zombie or alien invasions I normally read.
I enjoyed it all the way to the end, and while I’ll keep going with the series, my only criticism is that I wasn’t blown away by the mystery revelation. I didn’t predict the ending, but when the big bad was revealed and the conclusion on display, I was a little disappointed.
In this story, we have a detective who persists after a suicide he believes was a murder while suicides are rampant, this suicide appears cut and dry and everyone else is wondering why he cares. There is only a few months left before the asteroid hits, and yet he refuses to be like those who focus inwardly and pursue self gratification. I liked that about him. I would like to think I’d do the same thing, so I rooted for him, both in his pursuit of the possible murderer and motive as well as in the development of his last chance at love.
I listened to the audiobook version and really enjoyed the narrator. The writing is tight and the characters engaging. The plot is strong enough to keep it tense and provide moments of humor and emotion for an enjoyable balance of entertainment. I’m curious about how this becomes a series after what seems like a straightforward stand-alone novel. I will continue in the series, but I didn’t have to move on to book two right away.
Apocalyptic novels usually follow similar schemes, this one is no true exception, but it is not the everyday story too. I liked the beginning most which basically focus on the pre-apocalyptic situation. Then it puts the focus on the detective story bit which is good, but not exciting, from here on the plot significantly - and astonishingly - lost much pace for me. The ending / solution was an ending but nothing else. All in all: I will not continue with this series.
Narration was OK.
An excellent story well performed. Part "end-of-the-world" novel, part noir mystery, this book delivers. The protagonist is an great character, consistently motivated and detailed. The supporting characters are equally interesting, and the mystery is a fun ride.
Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.
The world as we know it is going to end in six months, thanks to a six kilometer-wide asteroid that’s on course to slam into the Earth. This sort of knowledge has a way of triggering civil unrest, economic collapse, suicides, religious cults, and people living out their fantasies while the getting’s still good, and these things are happening all over the world.
However, in sleepy, unpretentious New Hampshire, people are mostly just trying to hang onto normalcy for as long as they can. For young detective, Hank Palace, promoted through the ranks after other officers “went bucket list”, the chaos of the last months offer an opportunity to live out his childhood dream of being a crime solver. When he discovers an apparent suicide, a dead accountant in a public restroom, his gut tells him that foul play is involved. Sure enough, his explorations into the man’s life begin to reveal some odd associations, as well as a mathematical obsession centered around the comet.
Despite the book’s apocalyptic themes, there’s a lot of quirky humor, which reminded me of the movie Fargo. Hank’s obsession with getting to the bottom of the “murder” has a quality of nutty desperation to it at first, but as the book progresses, we begin to see that there may be existential purpose to his belief in law, order, and decency, even as the tides flow against him. Though anarchy and martial law are both on the rise, the last days of civilization might not be altogether without hope or meaning.
When all is said and done, the crime mystery plot and its misdirections aren’t particularly mind-blowing or fresh, but were interesting enough to keep me listening. And a secondary mystery will no doubt figure into the two sequels. The characters, particularly Hank’s irresponsible younger sister, her Caucasian-dreadlocked dope of a husband, and a tough-as-nails medical examiner, are enjoyable, and I could easily see this novel becoming a TV show, as is rumored. Winters’s mix of mordant absurdity and sincerity is an appealing one. 3.5 stars.
Well narrated novel about the last man on earth who seems to care about ethics and morality while an asteroid is screaming toward earth. Highly recommended.