With just 77 days before a deadly asteroid collides with earth, detective Hank Palace just can’t seem to leave police work alone. Though he may have been technically out of a job, when a woman from his past begs for help finding her missing husband he just can’t say no.
Continuing directly from the Edgar® award-winning novel The Last Policeman, Countdown City presents another fascinating mystery set on the brink of apocalypse as Hank Palace seeks desperately to find out ‘whodunit’ while at the same time coming to terms with a world that’s literally coming apart around him. His journey takes him from an anarchistic college campus to a crumbling coastal landscape where anti-immigrant militia shoot down refugee boats descending upon the American coast. At each and every turn he makes Hank Palace must confront some strange new facet of human society that has risen up from the knowledge that very soon the world is going to end. Continue reading
What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway?
This is the question posed by The Last Policeman, the new book from New York Times best-selling author Ben H. Winters.
Set in the not too distant future, The Last Policeman follows Detective Hank Palace – a man faced with an uphill struggle to maintain law and order in a world faced with certain apocalypse. With the impact of asteroid 2011GV1 looming on the horizon, the Concord Police Department find many locals turn to suicide as their “way out”. But while suicide may be an increasingly common scenario, still there are murders that need to be solved. When rookie Detective Palace finds himself confronted with what would seem like just another suicide, his instincts tell him otherwise. Despite overwhelming pressure telling him to give up and stop wasting his time, Palace sets out to find the murderer, and in so doing sets himself on a course to confront some of the deepest questions at the heart of the human condition. What is life worth? What would we do, what would we really do, if our days were numbered? Continue reading