Indie Next ListAugust 2013
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
The Last Policeman received the 2013 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original--along with plenty of glowing reviews.
Now Detective Hank Palace returns in Countdown City, the second volume of the Last Policeman trilogy. 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
New York Times best-selling author Ben H. Winters won an Edgar Award for his debut mysteryThe Last Policeman. His YA novel The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman was also nominated for an Edgar Award. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and three children.
Praise for Countdown City: The Last Policeman Book II…
An NPR Best Book of 2013
“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
“...one of the best mysteries I've read in a long time.”—Nancy Pearl, KUOW
“...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
“Through it all Palace remains a likeable hero for end times..."—PublishersWeekly.com
“Winters is a deft storyteller who moves his novel effortlessly from its intriguing setup to a thrilling, shattering conclusion.”—Los Angeles Review of Books
“...gripping...”—The Free Lance-Star
“... Winters's work shines.”—Locus
“Don't miss this series!”—Sci Fi magazine
“As with the first Hank Palace novel (this is volume 2 of a projected trilogy), the mystery element is strong, and the strange, preapocalyptic world is 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