Monday, March 21, 2016

Book Review: The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

A friend recommended this book to me after listening to some story ideas I had and I almost always take word of mouth recommendations. It took me a while to get around to this but when I finally started it, I was not disappointed. The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters creates an interesting dynamic and setting putting a creative and cool twist on the classic detective mystery tale. 

The premise of the novel is that an asteroid is on a trajectory to destroy civilization as we know it and pretty much wipe out the entire world. It really got me thinking about just what I would do and after all, every human is operating on a minimal amount of time but as a society, it really changes things. Winters does a good job describing what would happen and uses the first person narration to move the plot forward and not bogging down the story with description.

I was immediately entranced by what would happen and found many of the scenarios depicted to be believable. The mystery is engaging though probably the weakest part of the book. I did find the twist and turns interesting but only because everyone's behavior is just simply so bizarre with impending doom. The writing was great and the character Detective Hank Palace was likable. He was a by-the-book detective who was taking advantage of his chance to be a detective and solve a murder case, something that he wanted to do his whole life. Though nearly every character questions his motives, I found myself rooting for Palace and his detective skills.

This story starts a trilogy and I am really looking forward to the next book because it is set up to make a reader want to know what is going to happen. I would recommend this book to science fiction fans, thriller fans, detective novel fans, and readers who like to think about the world around them. I highly enjoyed The Last Policeman.

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