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This "sharp, funny, and deeply wise" (Slate) mystery tells a story that you've never seen before: A police procedural set on the brink of an apocalypse. What's the point in solving murders when we're all going to die soon, anyway?

Publisher: Quirk Books
ISBN: 9781594746741
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 330 g
Dimensions: 204 x 136 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
In his"Last Policeman"trilogy, for which he won both the Edgar Award and the Philip K. Dick Award, Winters took a standard science fiction trope the final months before an asteroid slams into Earth and mixed it with some of the conventions of the detective novel, imbuing his apocalyptic scenario with an extra measure of urgency and poignancy. "The San Francisco Chronicle"
In his acclaimed"Last Policeman"trilogy, Masters showed off his mastery of edgy, sardonic wit there s nothing like an asteroid speeding toward Earth to bring out the black humor in people. "Newsday"
In his"The Last Policeman"trilogy, Ben Winters imagined a detective practicing his profession in a world where the imminent extinction of humanity via an incoming asteroid makes law enforcement seem pointless. "Slate.com"
. . . a genre-defying blend of crime writing and science fiction. Alexandra Alter, "The New York Times"
""
Last Policeman books offer an appealing hybrid of the best of science fiction and crime fiction "The Washington Post"
a fascinating characterstudy .This novel combines the best of detective investigation with philosophical debate and science fiction. "My Edmonds News"
Winters's writing is funny, surprisingly tender, and thoroughly human. "Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine"
The best genre fiction holds a mirror up to society while also providing edge-of-the-seat excitement, and The Last Policeman did that and more. "Las Vegas City Life"
.".."a heck of a lot of fun. "Locus"
Winters constructs a sturdy, functional, entertaining page-turner. Greg Cook, WBUR.org
I'm eager to read the other books, and expect that they ll keep me as enthralled as the first one did. Mark Frauenfedler, "Boing Boing"
""
" ..."darkly intriguing... "Discover "magazine
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"
...an entertaining and well-plotted tale. "Wired.com's GeekDad"
I'm in the middle of it and can't put the dang thing down. "USA Today's Pop Candy"
...sharp, funny, and deeply wise. "Slate.com"
"The Last Policeman"succeeds both as a mystery, with aquirky detectiveand anintriguing whodunit, and as a piece ofapocalyptic 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. "Tor.com"
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"isextraordinary 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"
In hisLast Policemantrilogy, for which he won both the Edgar Award and the Philip K. Dick Award, Winters took a standard science fiction trope the final months before an asteroid slams into Earth and mixed it with some of the conventions of the detective novel, imbuing his apocalyptic scenario with an extra measure of urgency and poignancy. The San Francisco Chronicle
In his acclaimedLast Policemantrilogy, Masters showed off his mastery of edgy, sardonic wit there s nothing like an asteroid speeding toward Earth to bring out the black humor in people. Newsday
In hisThe Last Policemantrilogy, Ben Winters imagined a detective practicing his profession in a world where the imminent extinction of humanity via an incoming asteroid makes law enforcement seem pointless. Slate.com
. . . a genre-defying blend of crime writing and science fiction. Alexandra Alter, The New York Times

Last Policeman books offer an appealing hybrid of the best of science fiction and crime fiction The Washington Post

a fantastic read, well-written, and entertaining. Steven Smith, Books and Beyond Reviews
a fascinating characterstudy .This novel combines the best of detective investigation with philosophical debate and science fiction. My Edmonds News
Winters's writing is funny, surprisingly tender, and thoroughly human. Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
The best genre fiction holds a mirror up to society while also providing edge-of-the-seat excitement, and The Last Policeman did that and more. Las Vegas City Life
...a heck of a lot of fun. Locus
Winters constructs a sturdy, functional, entertaining page-turner. Greg Cook, WBUR.org
I'm eager to read the other books, and expect that they ll keep me as enthralled as the first one did. Mark Frauenfedler, Boing Boing

...darkly intriguing... Discover magazine
Full of compelling twists, likable characters, and a sad beauty, The Last Policemanis 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
...an entertaining and well-plotted tale. Wired.com's GeekDad
I'm in the middle of it and can't put the dang thing down. USA Today's Pop Candy
...sharp, funny, and deeply wise. Slate.com
The Last Policemansucceeds both as a mystery, with aquirky detectiveand anintriguing whodunit, and as a piece ofapocalyptic 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 Policemanpresents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. Tor.com
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 Policemanisextraordinary 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"
"A genre-defying blend of crime writing and science fiction." -Alexandra Alter, The New York Times

"Winters's apocalyptic detective story contains an earth-shattering element of science fiction that lifts it beyond a typical procedural."--New York Times Book Review

"The Last Policeman books offer an appealing hybrid of the best of science fiction and crime fiction."--The Washington Post

"In his acclaimed Last Policeman trilogy, Masters showed off his mastery of edgy, sardonic wit -- there's nothing like an asteroid speeding toward Earth to bring out the black humor in people."--Newsday

"Sharp, funny, and deeply wise."--Slate.com

"Darkly intriguing."--Discover

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

"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.com

"In his Last Policeman trilogy, for which he won both the Edgar Award and the Philip K. Dick Award, Winters took a standard science fiction trope -- the final months before an asteroid slams into Earth -- and mixed it with some of the conventions of the detective novel, imbuing his apocalyptic scenario with an extra measure of urgency and poignancy."--The San Francisco Chronicle

"Winters's writing is funny, surprisingly tender, and thoroughly human."--Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

"Winters constructs a sturdy, functional, entertaining page-turner."--Greg Cook, WBUR.org

"I'm eager to read the other books, and expect that they'll keep me as enthralled as the first one did."--Mark Frauenfedler, Boing Boing

"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

"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

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

"The best genre fiction holds a mirror up to society while also providing edge-of-the-seat excitement, and The Last Policeman did that and more."--Las Vegas City Life

"This is a book that asks big questions about civilization, community, desperation and hope."--io9.com

"An entertaining and well-plotted tale."--Wired.com's GeekDad

"The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States."--Tor.com

"A heck of a lot of fun."--Locus

"Resonant and powerful."--Locus

"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."--New York Journal of Books

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

"Winter's novel is a solid noir detective tale, set in a pre-apocalyptic world where the coming destruction is an unavoidable aspect of life."--Colchester Sun

"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

"A fascinating character study.... This novel combines the best of detective investigation with philosophical debate and science fiction." --My Edmonds News

"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

"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

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Henry Palace thought he had a future, a future to recover from his past. Being a cop was his calling and he felt he could be good at it. But now the world has just learned that an asteroid will hit Earth in just a... More

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