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The Last Policeman | [Ben H. Winters]

The Last Policeman

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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. What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway?

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?

©2012 Ben H. Winters (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Bleu Chicago, IL, United States 08-05-13
    Bleu Chicago, IL, United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2010

    Graphic Designer. Culinary Enthusiast. Mostly User Friendly.

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    "A Unique Twist on Mystery"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shane Smiths Falls, ON, Canada 10-05-12
    Shane Smiths Falls, ON, Canada 10-05-12
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    "Fascinating premise"

    A very clever premise - dedicated detective pursuing a murder case during the last days of life on earth. The murder mystery could have been better constructed...for me it was the protagonist's interaction with others as the society crumbles around him that elevated this book beyond average.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 09-26-14
    Aaron 09-26-14
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    "The Title Says it All"


    (sing with me ...REM)
    "its the end of the world as we know it..."

    The comet is coming, the comet is coming!

    A newly-promoted Detective is not going to let a little thing like death and dying get in the way of his dreams, especially when he senses foul play.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peregrine Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-23-14
    Peregrine Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-23-14 Member Since 2006

    If it weren't for Audible I'd never get any reading done.

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    "Pretty good mash up of whodunit & apocalyptic"

    This is an entertaining story of a young detective trying to solve a murder in a time when no one cares because the world is about to end. It's well-written, but not very deep. It's a good read but more of a time-filler than an occasion for reflection.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 05-05-13
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 05-05-13 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "Compelling, Heartbreaking Listen"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    george Kleefeld, MB, Canada 09-20-12
    george Kleefeld, MB, Canada 09-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Wasn't terrible wait for sale"
    Would you try another book from Ben H. Winters and/or Peter Berkrot?

    maybe a sale item


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    was not very suspenceful , didn't really feel like the world was ending , guessed the ending after father's intro.


    Did The Last Policeman inspire you to do anything?

    write this, audilbe bills it as great not so IMO


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Big jim Picotto Great White North 01-29-15
    Big jim Picotto Great White North 01-29-15 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Mike Hammer in Springfield"

    What a fantastic concept. A 'by the book' cop in a town that runs like the Simpsons' Springfield Police Dept. Add to that, a meteor, and you have "The Last Policeman". I cannot explain what it is about this book. The brilliant narration by Peter Berkot, the clever humour,the gumshoe like feel. The apocalyptic circumstances. Whatever it is, I cannot seem to get enough. In fact, prior to completing this one, I bought the other two. Not looking forward to the 'end' of Det. Hank Palace. But it sure will be fun getting there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Carmichael, CA, United States 03-31-13
    Katherine Carmichael, CA, United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing Storytelling."
    Where does The Last Policeman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best works of fiction in its genre the past few years.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T Berkeley, CA, United States 03-22-13
    T Berkeley, CA, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting, Addictive, Not Your Average Doomsayer"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    frank 10-19-12
    frank 10-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    "not bad listened to in one sitting"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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