“The second book in The Last
Policeman trilogy, Countdown City turns darker as the destruction
of the world gets closer. Life has come to a halt as everyone
prepares for the last days and vital services such as electricity
and water are no longer available. Hank Palace is an out of work
policeman who continues to believe that helping people is part of
who he is, so when an old friend asks for his help in locating
her missing husband, he agrees, knowing that many have gone
missing and his search may be meaningless. Even he is stumped
when asked why he continues to look, saying only that he was
asked to. As sides are drawn in preparation for the coming
battles over resources and survival, Hank follows the clues and
finds his quarry with surprising results. He is helped along the
way by his rebel sister who maybe on to a way to save the world.
Part conventional mystery and part extistential problem - what
would you do if you knew exactly when the end of the world was
coming - this book entertains and elicits thought. Start with
the first - The Last Policeman, continue with the Countdown City
and hold your breath waiting for the last in the series.”
— Ann Carlson, Harborwalk Books, Georgetown, SC
“A genre-defying blend of crime writing and science fiction.”—Alexandra Alter, The New York Times
Detective Hank Palace returns in the second in the speculative mystery trilogy set on the brink of the apocalypse and winner of the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award.
There are just 77 days before a deadly asteroid collides with Earth, and Detective Palace is out of a job. With the Concord police force operating under the auspices of the U.S. Justice Department, Hank's days of solving crimes are over...until a woman from his past begs for help finding her missing husband.
Brett Cavatone disappeared without a trace—an easy feat in a world with no phones, no cars, and no way to tell whether someone’s gone “bucket list” or just gone. With society falling to shambles, Hank pieces together what few clues he can, on a search that leads him from a college-campus-turned-anarchist-encampment to a crumbling coastal landscape where anti-immigrant militia fend off “impact zone” refugees.
Countdown City presents another fascinating mystery set on brink of an apocalypse--and once again, Hank Palace confronts questions way beyond "whodunit." What do we as human beings owe to one another? And what does it mean to be civilized when civilization is collapsing all around you?
About the Author
Ben H. Winters is an Edgar Award winner and a New York Times best-selling author. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
“I always appreciate novels that have new and interesting approaches to traditional genres, and Ben H. Winters’ two novels featuring Hank Palace fill the bill.”—Nancy Pearl, NPR
“Winters is brilliant in conveying the ways in which people look for their best impulses but often end up as the victims of other people’s most base instincts.”—Toronto Star
“Don’t miss this series!”—Sci Fi Magazine
“Winters is a deft storyteller who moves his novel effortlessly from its intriguing setup to a thrilling, shattering conclusion.”—Los Angeles Review of Books
“One of the best mysteries I’ve read in such a long time.”—Nancy Pearl, KUOW
“Winters’s work shines.”—Locus
“The ‘don’t lose hope’ ending is slam bang, setting us up for the ‘final-final’ installment.”—Florida Times-Union
“A precise, calendar-driven doom casts a shadow over the series, a planet-killer asteroid that the Earth can’t duck, making this an existential policier.”—The Sunbreak
“A thrilling and contagious read.”—Fayetteville Flyer
“Gripping.”—The Free Lance-Star
“Highly imaginative and also very plausible—it’s easy to think that the impending end of the world might feel very much like this. Genre mash-up master Winters is at it again.”—Booklist
“Through it all Palace remains a likeable hero for end times.”—PublishersWeekly.com
Praise for The Last Policeman Winner of the 2013 Edgar® Award Winner for Best Paperback Original One of Slate’s Best Books of 2012
"[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
“Winters’s apocalyptic detective story contains an earth-shattering element of science fiction that lifts it beyond a typical procedural.”—New York Times Book Review
“An appealing hybrid of the best of science fiction and crime fiction.”—The Washington Post
“In his acclaimed Last Policeman trilogy, Winters showed off his mastery of edgy, sardonic wit — there’s nothing like an asteroid speeding toward Earth to bring out the black humor in people.”—Newsday