World of Trouble

World of Trouble

eBook - 2014
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"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" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: Philadelphia : Quirk Books, c2014
ISBN: 9781594746864
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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IndyPL_SteveB May 09, 2019

This is the last book in a completely unique mystery series with a hint of science fiction. Call it a PRE-apocalypse novel. It has been confirmed that a large asteroid – dinosaur-killer sized – is bearing down on the earth and human civilization is pretty much doomed. Henry Palace is a young police detective in New Hampshire; but civilization is already slowly falling apart as people confront the inevitability of disaster. Who wants to solve a murder mystery when most people will be dead soon anyway?

In this intense finale, Palace has left comparative safety to pursue clues about his sister Nico’s disappearance. Nico had taken up with a radical cult-like group that claimed they knew how to divert the asteroid. Palace takes up with a clever con-man and tracks the group to an abandoned police station in Ohio. And that’s when things start to go even more wrong, with another murder mystery to solve. Even the comparative safety and calm of a nearby Amish community hides a mysterious and dangerous secret.

There is no other series of books quite like this. The combination of set-up, characters, mystery, and tension is impressive and definitely sleep-disturbing. Highly recommended for anyone wanting something different.

Apr 22, 2017

What do you suspect when there's nothing left to expect?

May 03, 2016

Great ending to a great series!
There are only 14 days left before an asteroid is set to strike Earth. Detective Hank Palace is spending his final days searching for his sister, Nico, who is on a mission to save the planet. Setting off with his little dog, Houdini, he begins his search in a deserted police station in Ohio.
I was concerned that this series would have a disappointing ending, but Ben Winters did not let his readers down.

Jan 25, 2016

This was my least favorite book in the series, it was maybe intended to have this slightly mad and devolving feel to it, but it didn't work as well as the first one.

KateHillier Nov 26, 2015

I think I may have to give this series a read again at some point. I think I wanted to like it a lot more than I actually liked it but I still liked it? Anyway, in our concluding volume of the Last Policeman trilogy Hank Palace decides that even though him and his sister have never really gotten along - and left on bad terms with Hank not believing her that the world could be saved - he wants to see her one more time before the asteroid known as Maia hits in a few days time.

The atmosphere is now more important than the characters in this novel. We know Hank and we know how Hank is going to act, it's just a continuation of this thought experiment about the end of the world coming and there actually being no real way to stop it - depending on who you ask of course. What happens after impact is also really anyone's guess. Some people are planning to survive in case all life is not wiped out instantly. Others are resigned to the fact that they are not going to survive. People are going various levels of crazy with that knowledge.

It basically ends up the way you think (or at least I think it does) and some issues are resolved and some really are not. The end of the world isn't much different than any other day after all.

May 24, 2015

I found the premise to be engaging, with powerful narratives, but the trilogy could have been honed to a single masterpiece. I look forward to Winter's future books.

Apr 26, 2015

The final book in the series proved to be a most fitting end. Henry Palace remains a hero right up to the last page, and the author does not stray from the dark mood of the trilogy, but culminates it in the final quiet ending. Everything finally know.

Nov 09, 2014

I have read the first two books in the series, and like them enough to seek out the third, and the last, book. However, reading 'World of Trouble' has been trying at times. Hero Henry Palace was losing his charm, and was always at the receiving end of a fist, or other injuries. His obsession with 'crime scene' details, regardless of the surrounding circumstances (like the world would end in a day), was beginning to get on my nerves. Regardless of the shortfalls, I finished the book, and like the ending depicted in the last two pages.

Oct 04, 2014

Wow. That left me almost speechless. I'd say it was the best of the trilogy and by far the most vivid, brutal and tragic. It's particularly terrifying in light of the current Ebola pandemic. Like most five star books I read the saddest part is that it's over and I'll never get to read these characters again. Unless, of course I start all over which I just might do.

May 19, 2014

While the series may have moved away from the unusual police procedural of the first book, Henry Palace remains as engaging and original as ever. This, the last in the series, is a wonderful ending -- at times fast-paced, at times contemplative, at times full of fear, but always satisfying.


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