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. What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway?
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?
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Nice premise, but poor mystery
Great premise, not such a good story
Yes, the pace and narration was great, as was the central idea of an asteroid on a collision course- and how people reacted.
No, but his narration style grows on you
Yes, but only just. Tempted to get the second one, but not sure
Given the pre-apocalypse tone, time would have been a little better spent fleshing out the story with how other people are dealing with it. Perhaps the odd news snippet here and there (unrelated to the main story, but good background).