Mystery Monday | The Last Policeman Trilogy by Ben H. Winters Series Review

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“The end of the world changes everything, from a law-enforcement prospective.” (The Last Policeman, p. 117)


In Ben H. Winter’s The Last Policeman, Winters takes your usual police procedural story and turns in on its head. He does this by changing the setting and making the story occurs in a world much similar to ours, only with the difference that in his protagonist’s world a comet is on the verge of hitting earth in a few days and the world as the characters know it will end.

In the first book in the series, The Last Policeman we are introduced to Hank Palace a police officer who has been rapidly promoted to the rank of detective. This is a result of numerous people, including detectives leaving their jobs as they see no point in continuing to work when the world is ending. However that does not mean that there won’t be crime, and in this book hank finds himself investigating the death of a woman whom he is sure was murdered. Readers also meet other characters who will go on to become major players in the series such as his sister, Nico who I found to be annoying in this book even though I found Hank to be an extremely likeable, every day kind of man. The story overall was interesting and I loved the concept in the book which combines science fiction/dystopia fiction with a mystery. The Last Policeman, being the first book in the trilogy of course ends with a chilling cliffhanger that made me relieved that I had the second book on my shelf.

Countdown City continues the story of Detective Hank Palace as he comes to the aid of a friend and tries to find her husband. This being a world where there is chaos since of the world is ending shortly, making the task awfully difficult. I enjoyed the world building in Countdown City as we become acquainted further with the underground movement that Nico has joined in addition to finding out more with reference to the mysterious organization that is in charge of the movement. There is more action and conspiracies and that kept me on the edge of my seat. Therefore even though I enjoyed The Last Policeman more, Countdown City was an exceptionally strong follow-up to The Last Policeman.

When it came to World of Trouble, I needed to endure a bit of a wait before I received a copy for review as it hadn’t released yet when was done with Countdown City. Fortunately I was able to obtain a copy shortly after it released and I couldn’t wait to start it. In World of Trouble, there is a bit of a time skip as we see Hank leave his “home” to go in search of his sister. There were plenty of flashbacks and jumping around in this book which made it extra confusing for me than the last two books. Nevertheless, World of Trouble was an interesting wrap to this thrilling trilogy as it ended with a conclusion that felt both satisfying and realistic. All in all The Last Policeman series was a series that was definitely different. For the majority, I enjoyed these books as they resembled science fiction movies. Thus if you’re a fan of mysteries and police procedurals and are looking for something unusual check out this series!

I received copies of these books from the publisher, Quirk Books for review. Though regardless of how these books came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.


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