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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By Nikola on 31-03-14
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...
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
By BugPowderDust on 03-01-17
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!)
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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By Amazon Customer on 11-07-12
There was trepidation ...
Would you listen to The Last Policeman again? Why?
yes, it was an engaging listen.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Naomi, she broke my heart and we never even heard her whole story. And we didn't need to.
Which character ??? as performed by Peter Berkrot ??? was your favorite?
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I cried ... don't want to spoil it.
Any additional comments?
I will be honest, I was hesitant to read this book. I have read so many Pre-Apocalypse books over the years that I was sure this was just another cookie cutter of a novel. But I figured it would kill some time and maybe be a little entertaining.
I am so happy I was wrong.
This book is truly just a wonderfully engaging, and heart breaking, murder mystery with the impending apocalypse used as a backdrop that does not overwhelm the story or the characters. But it is a backdrop of rich flavor and intensity, the author gives you a true feeling and perspective of what the nation at large is going through without ever really leaving the stories little corner of the continent.
35 of 36 people found this review helpful
By Joel on 04-01-14
Its The End of the World As We Know It
I had The Last Policeman by Ben H Winters on my wish list since it was released a couple of years back. It combines a genre I love (apocalyptic) and an interesting idea. If you knew the world was going to end what would you do? So I finally took the plunge and recently read The Last Policeman and enjoyed it.
The Last Policeman follows Hank Palace and his journey as a detective as the world approaches an impending doom. My biggest issue with the book was that it lacked character development. We learn very little about Hank, his family, friends, or even his co-workers. The book jumps straight into a murder investigation and uses the impending astroid to change the typical crime solving formula up a bit. Its an interesting twist but could have used a couple hundred more pages to understand how the world has changed because of the impending asteroid and more insight into the characters. Instead The Last Policeman is a very enjoyable quick read thats an interesting concept not fully realized.
I sure hope the second book elaborates more on how the world is handling the upcoming disaster because to me that's what makes this series unique and interesting.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful