by Ben H. Winters
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Publisher: Quirk Books
Paperback: 288 pages
The Last Policeman series:
The Last Policeman
Count Down City
World of Trouble
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?
I liked the premise of this story that takes a look at what people do when an apocalypse looks imminent.
The main character, Hank, chooses to move forward in life and does what he does best. Solve mysteries. His passion to investigate makes him such an interesting character to follow which I found more intrigueing than solving the mystery.
* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge - square: Murder Mystery