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genteXt March--The Last Policeman

The Last Policeman by Ben Winters

If the world is going to be destroyed by an asteroid in six months, does solving a murder really matter? That's the question detective Hank Palace is left to answer as he first tries to convince his superiors that the death wasn't a suicide and then to make people care about something as simple as murder when crops are rotting in the fields.

*Exciting news! The author is scheduled to "visit" our meeting through Skype

“Full of compelling twists, likable characters, and a sad beauty, The Last Policeman is a gem.”—San Francisco Book Review

“...resonant and powerful.”—Locus

“This is a book that asks big questions about civilization, community, desperation and hope.”—io9

“ entertaining and well-plotted tale.”—'s GeekDad

“I'm in the middle of it and can't put the dang thing down.”—USA Today's Pop Candy

“, funny, and deeply wise.”—

The Last Policeman succeeds both as a mystery, with a quirky detective and an intriguing whodunit, and as a piece of apocalyptic speculative fiction. That’s good news. The even better news is that this novel is supposed to be the first of a planned trilogy, with each case occurring closer to the moment when, as Henry repeatedly notes, ‘Bam!’ And that is something we can anticipate with a good feeling.”—Sacramento News & Review

“Winters is masterful in crafting a plausible image of a society that’s hanging onto sanity by its fingernails as it teeters on the edge of mass hysteria....This is a novel that grabs ahold of you and doesn’t let you go until the very end.”—The Nashua Telegraph

“If the next two books are as good as this one, I can't wait for the end of the world.”—Asbury Park Press

“...a solidly plotted whodunit with strong characters and excellent dialogue...This memorable tale is the first of a planned trilogy.”—Booklist

“This thought-provoking mystery should appeal to crime fiction aficionados who like an unusual setting and readers looking for a fresh take on apocalypse stories.”—Library Journal

“Ben Winters vividly describes the decline of civilization in this pre-apocalyptic story, and spins a wonderful tale...This engrossing story is the first in a planned trilogy. It is a well-written mystery that will have readers eagerly awaiting the second installment.”—NY Journal of Books

The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States.”—

“Ben Winters makes noir mystery even darker: his latest novel sets a despondent detective on a suspicious suicide case—while an asteroid hurtles toward earth.”—Wired magazine

“Normally, only Stephen King and Dean Koontz can suck me into a book and not release their stranglehold until I, exhausted from lack of sleep, have turned the last page. Now [Ben Winters] has joined their ranks...The Last Policeman is extraordinary—as well as brilliant, surprising, and, considering the circumstances, oddly uplifting.”—Mystery Scene magazine

Absolutely outstanding, I completely loved it from start to finish and I’m already rueing the fact that there will only be two more in the series...this gets the highest recommendation I can give. Buy it.”—In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel

“A promising kickoff to a planned trilogy. For Winters, the beauty is in the details rather than the plot’s grim main thrust.”—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review

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  • Jennifer

    Also, I had asked Ben for some reading recommendations back in December. I don't see that I posted them anywhere, so here they are:

    Death from Above by Phillip Plait
    Catastrophe: Risk and Response by Richard Posner
    The Savage God by A. Alvarez

    The book Ben mentioned during the discussion was On the Beach by Nevil Shute.

    March 26, 2013

  • Pat

    And I read the book and everything...

    March 25, 2013

    • Jennifer

      I'm sorry you missed it.

      March 26, 2013

  • Scott

    I agree - great meeting! Good job Jennifer. Maybe we can do book 2 in the future.

    March 26, 2013

  • Pat

    BAH--Body does not agree with the idea of leaving the house. Sorry to miss it.

    March 25, 2013

  • Jennifer

    I'll correct the email I just sent out--Ben will be Skyping on closer to 9.

    March 21, 2013

  • Brook

    In rehearsal again so I can't make it. I'll be in "The Importance of Being Earnest" April 12-28. I'll make the April book though!

    March 20, 2013

    • Jennifer

      We'll miss having you, but look forward to seeing you in April.

      March 21, 2013

  • Jennifer

    This will be a good counterpoint to the Feb. book, I think.

    March 9, 2013

  • Pat

    A *pre*apocalyptic book? Count me in!

    January 16, 2013

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