Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Last Policeman-Ben Winters

The Last Policeman

Ben Winters

Quirk, Jul 10 2012, $14.95

ISBN: 9781594745768

Asteroid 2011GV1, dubbed Maia, is not a near earth object as this rock is an earth bound object. In six months Maia will collide with the planet leaving Earth dead. Humans react differently to the countdown but share in common prayers to God for a miracle and quitting their jobs.

For instance, Concord, New Hampshire has become known as “hanger town” due to the predominant form of suicide by residents. While most first responders have left to die with their families, Police Detective Hank Palace continues to work cases. He investigates the death of Peter Zell whose demise looks like another suicide but the cop thinks otherwise. At the same time his sister Nico wants Hank to find her missing husband.

This is a great pre countdown apocalyptic thriller in which how people react to the news supersedes a terrific investigation as even the hero wonders why he obsesses over a whodunit when in less than six months humans will become extinct like the dinosaurs. With no atheists in the foxholes, fans will appreciate the dark final days as earth will soon go out with a big bang rather than a whimper.

Harriet Klausner

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