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Maxim Jakubowski's November 2014 Book of the Month.
The final volume in THE LAST POLICEMAN trilogy reaches a melancholy and moving end. A subtle combination of police thriller and science fiction, this trilogy has turned out to be a major achievement. A comet is hurtling towards Earth and the planet's days are counted. Against this apocalyptic background and the ensuing breakdown in society a young, naively idealistic policeman insists on continuing to do his job and solve crimes that are no longer of interest to anyone else. He is clumsy, unerringly honest and as obstinate as a mule, and in this third instalment of the deliberately downbeat but most endearing series is now seeking out his sister whose disappearance might be linked to survivalist theories that might prolong the planet's existence. A quiet determination, touching encounters with the lost and the living, poetry spun about the small epiphanies of life, all emotions that are rare in crime or SF fiction. A gem of a book.
Critically acclaimed author Ben H. Winters delivers this explosive final installment in the Edgar Award winning Last Policeman series. With the doomsday asteroid looming, Detective Hank Palace has found sanctuary in the woods of New England, secure in a well-stocked safe house with other onetime members of the Concord police force. But with time ticking away before the asteroid makes landfall, Hank's safety is only relative, and his only relative-his sister Nico-isn't safe. Soon, it's clear that there's more than one earth-shattering revelation on the horizon, and it's up to Hank to solve the puzzle before time runs outfor everyone.
|Publication date:||29th July 2014|
|Author:||Ben H. Winters|
|Primary Genre||Science Fiction|
'That Winters can paint for us a world that is so bared-boned, raw and honest is why this is one of the best books of the year so far.'
- The Cleveland Plain Dealer
'Winters has done an excellent job...'
'Winters style is a slow burn....His cadence is a steady beat rather than a roller coaster, and is words sparing and simple. They will stay with you.'
-William O'Connor, The Daily Beast
'This is quality writing.'
- Cape Cod Times
'When the trilogy races toward the end (in more than one way), you find yourself with a spark of hope for the human race, even in just spirit and soul.'
'World of Trouble demonstrates a greater confidence in the storytelling, richer supporting characters, and an ending that I wanted to both race toward and hold off as long as possible'
- Indianapolis Business Journal
'World of Trouble is a page turner, a book that is riveting and humane, suspenseful rather than frenetic, and moving rather than depressing; and the key to it all is our guide trough this crumbling world. Palace is a brilliant creation, the perfect hero for our eschatological age' -Tor.com
'Winters World of Trouble is more than a shining example of how to write about the apocalypse --it's one of the most well-written mysteries of any era... World of Trouble is a book you don't want to miss.'
'It is impossible not to love Hank and his need to try to do the right thing all the time. The bleak premise of this series could be too much, but, instead, it gives a certain clarity to the action of people who become their most real selves when the end of the world arrives'
- Library Journal
'As fascinating as Winters imagined societal breakdown can be, it's his attention to human connections--heartfelt, heroic and lethal--that really make this trilogy worth reading.'
Ben H. Winters is the author of six novels, including The Last Policeman, which won the 2013 Edgar Award for best paperback original, and its sequel, Countdown City. He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with his wife and their three children. Author photo © Mallory TaltyMore About Ben H. Winters