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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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    Bart WICHITA, KANSAS, United States 06-30-13
    Bart WICHITA, KANSAS, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "No concept of real cops"
    What disappointed you about The Last Policeman?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ben H. Winters again?

    No


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Peter Berkrot?

    Sure


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. Premiss was great.


    Any additional comments?

    Skip

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-19-13
    Gary Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun book, didn't blow my mind."
    Any additional comments?

    Got this audiobook for a road trip. It was a fun listen. Pretty simple and straight forward. Love the concept.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Myers Los Angeles, CA 02-22-13
    Joe Myers Los Angeles, CA 02-22-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Hoping for a bit more, but still a good time"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Berkrot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first Peter Berkrot performance I've listened to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me want to watch my noir classic films.


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    shira5665 Fort Langley, BC, Canada 01-14-13
    shira5665 Fort Langley, BC, Canada 01-14-13 Member Since 2010

    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.

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    "A classic who-done-it with a novel twist!"

    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.

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    Joseph Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 01-09-13
    Joseph Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 01-09-13 Listener Since 2004
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    "Exellent Pre-Apocalyptic Novel!"
    What did you love best about The Last Policeman?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Policeman?

    This novel is full of funny, sad and poignant moments. Unfortunately I can't' think of any that wouldn't be plot spoilers, sorry.


    What about Peter Berkrot’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Morse western MA 01-02-13
    J. Morse western MA 01-02-13 Member Since 2007

    greenmeads

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    "Good and Quirky"
    If you could sum up The Last Policeman in three words, what would they be?

    If you like TC Boyle, you should like this book. It is an odd premise and a quirky story but well told and narrated..


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Never quite knew what twists were in store. That kept me reading on.


    What about Peter Berkrot’s performance did you like?

    Just well done, nothing about it that distracted from the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. Better it be savored than rushed.


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    Silvano Toronto, ON, Canada 12-19-12
    Silvano Toronto, ON, Canada 12-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story with a new twist"
    If you could sum up The Last Policeman in three words, what would they be?

    innovative, gripping, detailed


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Took a while to get into the story but yes it did keep me wanting more


    Any additional comments?

    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

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    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 11-08-12
    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 11-08-12

    Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.

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    "Great Mystery with a Moral Twist"

    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.

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    James Rockland, MA., United States 10-09-12
    James Rockland, MA., United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2007
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    "An overall good read."
    Would you try another book from Ben H. Winters and/or Peter Berkrot?

    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.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. He did a good job.


    Do you think The Last Policeman needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    A follow up book may ruin the premise of this book. Sometimes knowing ruins the story like catching your parents playing Santa Clause.


    Any additional comments?

    My complaint is only the style of story. The hard nose detective feel of the story annoyed me. Otherwise, this was a good reed.

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    Thomas FARMINGTON, NM, United States 10-08-12
    Thomas FARMINGTON, NM, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Fun hybrid story, very well told"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Policeman to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Last Policeman to and why?

    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."


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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