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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.
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?

From the Trade Paperback edition.


The Last Policeman: A Novel
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3.9 / 5
The Last Policeman
July 1st, 2015
Well written. Dynamic and intriguing setting. Mediocre mystery. I will read the rest of the trilogy for the asteroid.
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January 26th, 2014
One of the best mysteries I've read in a long time. Setting a detective story against an imminent apocalypse (there's a giant asteroid speeding towards the earth) is wonderfully macabre and heart-wrenching. Winters catalogs the breakdown of society just as elegantly as the mystery Hank Palace is working to solve. Definitely recommended.
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