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World of Trouble (Paperback)
If you've been following Henry "Hank" Palace's journey through pre-asteroid life, the third, and last, in the "Last Policeman" trilogy is not to be missed. Ben H. Winters has created a wonderful series and the resolution given to us in World of Trouble is exactly right.
Hank and his faithful dog, Houdini, have gone on one last search, for Hank's sister, Nico. Hank has always felt obligated to look after Nico, and as Maia approaches on her deadly path, Hank has to find out where Nico is and whether or not her passionate assertions about whether or not the asteroid can be stopped have any truth.
"It was not the impending end of the world that drove a wedge between my sister and myself, it was our diverging responses to the end of the world, a bedrock disagreement respecting the basic reality of what is happening - i.e., whether it is happening or isn't."
You might be tempted to cheat on this one, just to see how things end up. Don't. Really. The story unfolds just perfectly and the way Ben Winters has created a truly satisfying story arc. There are surprises and some truly wonderful and memorable characters in the entire series, and some of them are introduced in World of Trouble. There are surprises -- both good and bad -- and of course there's danger around every corner at this stage of events. But Winters takes us through this last book with deft and perfect timing. It's a headlong ride that doesn't rush. Most importantly, World of Trouble avoids being maudlin nor does it jump the shark.
The whole "Last Policeman" trilogy is one of the best series I've read in a long time, one that will stand re-reading (if you're that sort of person, which I am). Ben H. Winters has created something wonderful and special, and I highly recommend it!
August 2014 Indie Next List
“Winters has masterfully concluded one wild ride of a series following retired Detective Henry Palace. Having found peaceful serenity in a wooded New Hampshire sanctuary, Hank feels unsettled and leaves his refuge in search of his sister and only living relative. As the clock winds town to impact with a deadly asteroid on a collision course with Earth, will Henry have enough time to reunite with Nico before time runs out? Filled with twists and turns and mysteries to solve along the way, World of Trouble is an amazing finale to this trilogy!”
— Bess Bleyaert, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, MI
Nominated for the 2015 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original
Critically acclaimed author Ben H. Winters delivers this explosive final installment in the Edgar Award winning Last Policeman series.
With the doomsday asteroid looming, Detective Hank Palace has found sanctuary in the woods of New England, secure in a well-stocked safe house with other onetime members of the Concord police force. But with time ticking away before the asteroid makes landfall, Hank's safety is only relative, and his only relative--his sister Nico--isn't safe. Soon, it's clear that there's more than one earth-shattering revelation on the horizon, and it's up to Hank to solve the puzzle before time runs out . . . for everyone.
About the Author
Ben H. Winters is the author of six novels, including The Last Policeman, which won the 2013 Edgar Award for best paperback original, and its sequel, Countdown City. He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with his wife and their three children.