The Last Policeman - Ben H. Winters

The Last Policeman

By Ben H. Winters

  • Release Date: 2012-07-10
  • Genre: Science Fiction
4 Score: 4 (From 223 Ratings)


"[The] weird, beautiful, unapologetically apocalyptic Last Policeman trilogy is one of my favorite mystery series."—John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns

Winner of the 2013 Edgar® Award Winner for Best Paperback Original!

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.
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?

Ebook contains an excerpt from the anticipated second book in the trilogy, Countdown City. 


  • The Last Policeman

    By Masanobu Cortéz
    Murder mysteries are not usually my thing, but this was fun. The backdrop of immanent and complete destruction gives this story a strange and interesting flavor. In some ways the characters quirks and idiosyncrasies are amplified and revealed in bolder strokes. The commonplace settings, dialogue, personalities gain a poignancy seen in a fresh way and give the various characters actions greater weight and intensity. Good story. Thanks.
  • Amazing

    By caiti12
    This book is amazing and a thriller to read
  • The Last Policeman

    By Bauhaha
    Barely 200 pages, mostly repetitive. Concept good - but that was only good aspect. Would have been a decent short story at best.
  • Awesome read!

    By Guardian B K S
    Awesome mystery story in amongst chaos! Loved it! Couldn't put it down! Can't wait for the next part! Defiantly one of my favorites!
  • The Last Policeman

    By John Galt Fan
    I enjoyed the book and the concept. How would the world & society react with 6 months left before the end comes? I can wait to see the next two parts,
  • The Last Policeman

    By Iowarose71
    First time reading this author. Liked the storyline, but it was broken up by repeating pages & seemed like parts were missing. Editing & proofing seemed less than professional. Not sure I would buy another book by this author unless I could be assured there would be no similar printing errors.