The Last Policeman (MP3 CD)

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If the world was going to end in 6 months what would you do? Would you
travel the world, track down old friends, go on a bender? That's the
question facing Detective Frank Palace and he's decided to go to work.
The Last Policeman, is a fantastic detective mystery set at the end of
the world; it's not "if" but "when,"as an asteroid powers its way toward
earth. Drug use and suicides have sky rocketed, crops rot in the
fields, and still Detective Palace is working the beat, laboring to
prove that a presumed suicide is something more sinister. As the days
pass, society is unraveling at an ever faster pace. Detective Palace
faces an inevitable question: "Why spend your final days chasing a
killer if the whole world is about to end?" The answer is locked deep in
his past. I absolutely loved this first book of a planned trilogy.
Think Cormac McCarthy meets Michel Connelly and you are on the right

— Matt

July 2012 Indie Next List

“The cliched plot of the end of the world gets a new look in The Last Policeman. With an asteroid on its way to Earth, normal life has already shut down. Faced with certain doom, people decide working is a fool's game and head off to fulfill their 'bucket lists,' except for a very few, including Detective Hank Palace. His only desire is to be a policeman, so he can't help trying to solve crimes even though it's a thankless job. Modern technology is useless with no workers to keep it going, so Hank uses old fashioned footwork and reasoned thinking to find a murderer. If certain doom ever becomes reality, I would include this series in my stack of books to read before the end!”
— Ann Carlson, Harborwalk Books, Georgetown, SC


What's the point in solving murders if we re all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There's no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact. The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job but not Hank Palace. He's investigating a death by hanging in a city that sees a dozen suicides every week except this one feels suspicious, and Palace is the only cop who cares. What's the point in solving murders if we re all going to die soon, anyway? The first in a trilogy, The Last Policeman offers a mystery set on the brink of an apocalypse. As Palace's investigation plays out under the shadow of 2011GV1, we re confronted by hard questions way beyond whodunit. 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?

Product Details
ISBN: 9781469226217
ISBN-10: 1469226219
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: July 10th, 2012
Language: English


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