Sunday, August 5, 2012
The Last Policeman by Ben Winters
Was it suicide or was it murder? Does anyone even care?
Quirk Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you). It was published on July 10th.
Detective Hank Palace is still doing his job and he cares about this man's death. The problem is that there is an asteroid headed towards earth and so many folks have committed suicide it's hard to find any confidence in that premise.
This is the story of a society falling apart at the seams. Even the police are prone to suddenly quit their jobs and move somewhere warmer, somewhere they had dreamed about in the past. If it's all going to be over soon, why bother?
When Hank is talking to another detective and that detective throws himself in front of a bus, it shows just how desperate everyone is getting.
While Hank continues his investigation what the author really shows is the psychological effect of knowing an asteroid will hit earth in six months. Some give up, some fight, some lose their minds, and others hope the calculations are wrong. Which batch would you be in? Would you walk away from your job and move to Hawaii? Climb Mt. Everest? Or jump out of a plane with no parachute?
I found this a thought provoking book. Why not give it a read yourself and see what you think?