The Last Policeman : The Last Policeman

  • by Ben H. Winters
  • Narrated by Peter Berkrot
  • Series: The Last Policeman
  • 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Customer Reviews

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Nice premise, but poor mystery

Asteroid Maia is about to destroy life on Earth in 6 months time. And rookie Detective Hank Palace is investigating a suicide case, which he believes is a murder.

First part of a story, coming armageddon is quite interesting, and the only reason I am giving The Last Policeman three stars instead of two. If Winters would have focused more on this part of the story, it could have been excellent novel.

On the other side, it is very week murder investigation. A mistery novel where you don't care about finding a murder (and in the meantime guessing it half-way through) is not really something where you should spend your time. Also, characters are uninteresting and undeveloped, so besides interesting premise, you don't get much else...
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- Nikola

Great premise, not such a good story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, the pace and narration was great, as was the central idea of an asteroid on a collision course- and how people reacted.


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Somewhat 'meh'


Have you listened to any of Peter Berkrot’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but his narration style grows on you


Was The Last Policeman worth the listening time?

Yes, but only just. Tempted to get the second one, but not sure


Any additional comments?

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).

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- BugPowderDust

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-07-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio