I’ve been anticipating the release of Ben H. Winters’ The Last Policeman for months! You may recall that I listed it as one of my most anticipated “Beach Reads” a few months ago. Well, it’s coming out in just a few days, and I’m already putting aside the current books on my reading list and clearing my schedule.
My buddy Eric Smith just alerted me to this great new book trailer. If the majority of movie trailers I saw were this interesting I’d spend more time at the theater.
What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die? Detective Hank Palace has asked this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. Several kilometers wide, it’s on a collision course with planet Earth, with just six precious months until impact.
The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. Industry is grinding to a halt. Most people have abandoned their jobs. But not Hank Palace. As our story opens, he’s investigating the latest suicide in a city that’s full of suicides—only this one feels wrong. This one feels like homicide. And Palace is the only one who cares. What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die?
The Last Policeman offers a story we’ve never read before: A police procedural set on the brink of an apocalypse. What would any of us do, what would we really do, if our days were numbered?