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The Last Policeman received the 2013 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original--along with plenty of glowing reviews. 
Now Detective Hank Palace returns in Countdown City, the second volume of the Last Policeman trilogy. There are just 77 days before a deadly asteroid collides with Earth, and Detective Palace is out of a job. With the Concord police force operating under the auspices of the U.S. Justice Department, Hank's days of solving crimes are over...until a woman from his past begs for help finding her missing husband.
Brett Cavatone disappeared without a trace—an easy feat in a world with no phones, no cars, and no way to tell whether someone’s gone “bucket list” or just gone. With society falling to shambles, Hank pieces together what few clues he can, on a search that leads him from a college-campus-turned-anarchist-encampment to a crumbling coastal landscape where anti-immigrant militia fend off “impact zone” refugees.
Countdown City presents another fascinating mystery set on brink of an apocalypse--and once again, Hank Palace confronts questions way beyond "whodunit." What do we as human beings owe to one another? And what does it mean to be civilized when civilization is collapsing all around you?

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Countdown City
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3.8 / 5
Collision Courses
March 4th, 2015
All crime fiction brings into collision the norms of society and those that threaten it. From Hammett forward the trick is how to say something new. Ben Winters does this admirably. In a world where the norms are breaking down due to an imminent Meteor strike what role is left for the Detective? With no norms left to preserve detective Hank Palace doggedly tries to solve a murder and the reader is confronted with the question of whether or not it matters anymore. The book is a traditional vehicle fuelled with a novel imagination. An excellent read.
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