Monday, July 1, 2013
Countdown City by Ben Winters
Another great edition to the Last Policeman series as we countdown to asteroidal extermination.
Hank Palace has been dismissed from his duties as a detective, has inherited a drug dealer's dog and his childhood babysitter comes knocking...Beautiful Martha Milano needs him to find her run-off husband Brett. Why has he left? Another bucket-lister before the end or another reason? Hank has to keep on plugging away at the litte things and uses this new case as a way to distract himself from in the inevitable.
Along the way we see how society is slowly breaking down and anarchy sets in. Everyone has guns, food storage and no qualms about getting more from others more weak.
He tracks Brett through various "utopian" societies trying keep a semblance of order as well as conspiracy theories about governments looking forward to ultimate destruction.
Winters really doesn't pull any punches. What would society really do if we learned the end was near and there was nothing to be done? Hold onto humanity or every man, woman, and child for him or herself? I think he's got it about right. Whole systems break down and people turn tribal and protect their own. Us versus them becomes smaller, less us's and more thems.
I'm looking forward to the last installment! Are the conspiracy nuts right? Can the save the day? Only one more book to find out!
A big thanks to Quirk Books for providing me an advanced copy for a fair and honest review!