Review: The Last Policeman
Scientists have determined that the world will end in six months when a giant asteroid collides with the Earth. Many people have stopped going to work and paying their bills, choosing to spend their last days only doing things they enjoy. Others have decided to end their lives before the asteroid does. Most police officers only pursue the worst criminals since others probably wouldn’t even be tried before the world ends. When a man is found hanged at McDonald’s most of the police assume it’s a suicide, but something doesn’t sit right with Detective Hank Palace and he decides to pursue the case.
I enjoyed Bedbugs by Ben H. Winters, so I was anxious to read his latest book, The Last Policeman. I thought a dystopian mystery sounded quite interesting – I did enjoy it, but have to say that at it’s core, it’s really just a mystery. I thought the dystopia aspect would add an interesting twist, but I never felt the urgency or panic I expected to. In fact, I found it hard to believe that people really accepted the scientists’ predictions completely. (I will admit that I did think about what I would do if I knew without a doubt that the world would end in six months.)
The mystery aspect of the book is solid and fast paced. It kept me turning the pages and I wasn’t able to solve the mystery before the detective did. I was fully engaged in the mystery the whole time. Since the focus is on the mystery there wasn’t a lot of character development, but there was enough to understand the motivations of the killer and the detective.
The Last Policeman wasn’t the best mystery I’ve ever read, but it’s definitely a good one. I’d recommend it to mystery lovers, especially those who don’t like them to be too graphic.