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The Last Policeman

(2012)
(The first book in the Last Policeman series)
A novel by

 
Awards
Edgar Awards Best Paperback original
What's the point of solving murders if we're all going to die soon, anyway?

Hank Palace, a homicide detective in Concord, New Hampshire, asks this question every day.

Most people have stopped doing whatever it is they did before the asteroid 2011L47J hovered into view. Stopped selling real estate; stopped working at hospitals; stopped slinging hash or driving cabs or trading high-yield securities. A lot of folks spend their days on bended knee, praying to Jesus or Allah or whoever they think might save them. Others have gone the other way, roaming the streets, enjoying what pleasures they can before the grand finale. Government services are beginning to slip into disarray, crops are left to rot.

When it first appeared, 2011L47J was just a speck, somewhere beyond Jupiter's orbit. By mid-October it revealed itself to be seven kilometers in diameter, and on a crash course with the Earth. Now it's March, and sometime in September, 2011L47J will slam into our planet and kill half the population immediately, and most of the rest in the miserable decades that follow.

All of humanity now, every person in the world--we're like a bunch of little kids, in deep, deep trouble, just waiting till our dad gets home. So what do I do while I wait? I work.

Today, Hank Palace is working the case of Peter Zell, an insurance man who has comitted suicide. To his fellow police officers, it's just one more death-by-hanging in a city that sees a dozen of suicides every week. But Palace senses something wrong. There's something odd about the crime scene. Something off. Palace becomes convinced that it's murder. And he's the only one who cares.

What's the difference, Palace? We're all gonna die soon, anyway.

As Palace digs deeper, we are drawn into his world. We meet his sister Nico and her screwup boyfriend, Derek, who are trying to beam S.O.S messages into outer space; we meet Erik Littlejohn, a "spiritual advisor" helping his clients through these difficult times. Palace's investigation plays out under the long shadow of 2011L47J, forcing everyone in the book -- and those reading it-- to confront hard questions way beyond "whodunnit." 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?

 
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Paperback Editions

May 2013 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Last Policeman: A Novel (The Last Policeman Trilogy)
Author(s): Ben H Winters
ISBN: 1-59474-674-5 / 978-1-59474-674-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Quirk Books
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July 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: Last Policeman, The
Author(s): Ben H Winters
ISBN: 1-4957-4674-7 / 978-1-4957-4674-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House of Canada
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July 2012 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Last Policeman
Author(s): Ben H Winters
ISBN: 1-59474-576-5 / 978-1-59474-576-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Quirk Books
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Audio Editions

August 2015 : USA MP3 CD
thumbTitle: The Last Policeman
Author(s): Ben H Winters
ISBN: 1-5012-8383-9 / 978-1-5012-8383-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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May 2013 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Last Policeman
Author(s): Ben H Winters
ISBN: 1-4692-2624-3 / 978-1-4692-2624-8 (USA edition)
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May 2013 : USA MP3 CD
thumbTitle: The Last Policeman
Author(s): Ben H Winters
ISBN: 1-4692-2645-6 / 978-1-4692-2645-3 (USA edition)
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July 2012 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Last Policeman
Author(s): Ben H Winters
ISBN: 1-4692-2619-7 / 978-1-4692-2619-4 (USA edition)
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July 2012 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Last Policeman
Author(s): Ben H Winters
ISBN: 1-4692-2623-5 / 978-1-4692-2623-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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July 2012 : USA MP3 CD
thumbTitle: The Last Policeman
Author(s): Ben H Winters
ISBN: 1-4692-2621-9 / 978-1-4692-2621-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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July 2012 : USA MP3 CD
thumbTitle: The Last Policeman
Author(s): Ben H Winters
ISBN: 1-4692-2620-0 / 978-1-4692-2620-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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July 2012 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Last Policeman
Author(s): Ben H Winters
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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July 2012 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Last Policeman
Author(s): Ben H Winters
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Kindle Editions

July 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Last Policeman: A Novel (Last Policeman Trilogy)
Author(s): Ben H Winters
Publisher: Quirk Books
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