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.
I've been a cop for 18 years. The cops in this book are out of a 60s comic book. Hollywood has a better grasp and it sucks.
Disappointment. Premiss was great.
Got this audiobook for a road trip. It was a fun listen. Pretty simple and straight forward. Love the concept.
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.
If you like TC Boyle, you should like this book. It is an odd premise and a quirky story but well told and narrated..
Never quite knew what twists were in store. That kept me reading on.
Just well done, nothing about it that distracted from the story.
Not really. Better it be savored than rushed.
innovative, gripping, detailed
Took a while to get into the story but yes it did keep me wanting more
Can't wait to finish the trilogy. I have an idea as to where it might be goig but good job to the author to come up with a new twist for this genre
Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.
This is a cracker-jack story that Aesop would have loved.
I can't tell you more without spoiling it for you, but if you want an enjoyable read, you can't do much better.
Yes, It was entertaining and surprising. He does leave you enough clues, but you don't believe the ending until you get there.The book was never boring. Each page turned itself. You just want to find out a little more until the end.
Yes. He did a good job.
A follow up book may ruin the premise of this book. Sometimes knowing ruins the story like catching your parents playing Santa Clause.
My complaint is only the style of story. The hard nose detective feel of the story annoyed me. Otherwise, this was a good reed.
Peter Berkrot's acting skills add more to this book than the print version can deliver. I don't "hear" characters' voices when I read. Berkrot gives everyone a distinctive voice, and reads brilliantly. Absolutely perfect. I was completely captivated.
This reminded me a little of "Land of Laughs," where there is a very straight narrative going on that's just a little tongue-in-cheek. "The Last Policeman" has a nice, light touch and is lots of fun to listen to. Ben Winters has avoided the irritating aspects of the police genre, while having fun with many of the conventions - In some respects, this reminded me of Ed McBain, only set in Concord, NH, as the world starts to end. In other respects, it reminded me of "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."
It was a minor scene, but when Detective Henry Palace sends a message to his old girlfriend via the barrista at a pirate Starbucks, that was classic. You'll see why when you hear it.
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