Shelf Control #6: The Last Policeman

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Welcome to the newest weekly feature here at Bookshelf Fantasies… Shelf Control!

Shelf Control is all about the books we want to read — and already own! Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available, and in most cases, sitting right there on our shelves and e-readers.

Want to join in? See the guidelines and linky at the bottom of the post, and jump on board! Let’s take control of our shelves!


My Shelf Control pick this week is:

Last PolicemanTitle: The Last Policeman
Author: Ben H. Winters
Published: 2012
Length: 336 pages

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

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.
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?


How I got it:

I was offered review copies of the three books in this trilogy when the 3rd book was being released (and feel very ashamed that I still haven’t read them!).

When I got it:

Last year.

Why I want to read it:

I love asteroids-crashing-into-Earth stories, as weird as that may sound. Remember those two asteroid movies that came out pretty much at the exact same time — Deep Impact and Armageddon? Big fan here. The Last Policeman trilogy sounds weird and off-beat, and all sorts of awesome. I solemnly swear to read this book with in the next six months! And if it’s as good as I’m hoping, maybe I’ll even do a binge-read of all three.


Want to participate in Shelf Control? Here’s how:

  • Write a blog post about a book that you own that you haven’t read yet.
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For more on why I’ve started Shelf Control, check out my introductory post here, or read all about my out-of-control book inventory, here.

And if you’d like to post a Shelf Control button on your own blog, here’s an image to download (with my gratitude, of course!):

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13 thoughts on “Shelf Control #6: The Last Policeman

  1. I saw The Last Policeman on another blog somewhat recently – I believe it was Literary Lindsey – anyway, it sounds really interesting and somewhat unique to other mystery/crime reads. I hope you enjoy!

  2. That cover is unattractive but the blurb sparks interest. He does have a point though, why investigate crime when the end is near? Lol. Oh I remember that Armageddon and Deep Impact. I watched those too. I think that’s what got me into post-apocalyptic stories but I wouldn’t want to live in one.

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