Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

This is the first book in a planned trilogy. Hank Palace is a Detective for the police department. When an asteroid named 2011GV is discovered to soon hit earth many suicides around the world occur. When Hank is called out to investigate a body found at the local McDonalds he is sure that it is just another suicide. For some reason Hank has a feeling that this time it is not a suicide, but a murder. He starts an investigation even though the coroner rules suicide and his co-workers think he is crazy to pursue the death given the fact that the asteroid will hit in 6 months.

The more Hank investigates the more he is sure that the death was a murder. From his life being in danger to being directed down trails leading to nowhere Hank is determined to find justice for his victim even though there is no hope for the planet once the asteroid hits.

I liked Hanks character and the fact that he plodded along in a world that has given up hope and people’s work ethics have ceased to exist. Even with family problems of his own (his sister is married to a loser that is thrown in the brig for breaking into a military establishment), Hank is determined to see justice prevail. I thought this was a good start to the trilogy and am looking forward to the next books  to hopefully find out what Hanks sister is up to and also to find how devastating the asteroid will be(even though I am sensing some kind of government cover-up is going on). 


Thanks to the publishers at Quirk Books for my copy to review.

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