Book Reviews & Essays on Literature

The Last Policeman & Countdown City, by Ben H. Winters

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Countdown Citypoliceman_winner-cover_Layout 1The Last Policeman trilogy – The Last Policeman (2012) & Countdown City (2013)

To my surprise, I liked both books in The Last policeman trilogy rather a lot. I hadn’t read detective novels since I went into a sort of mad Kurt Wallander-marathon a couple of years back and read everything Henning Mankell had written back-to-back. That did it for me, detective novel-wise. So I was a bit loath to take up The Last Policeman. Here’s the thing though: Ben Winters writes plainly but very well, understating rather than overstating; being succinct rather than over-indulgent; trimming his text to leave just enough to keep the reader engaged and intrigued. You can call it elegant. This, combined with his talent for depicting a pre-apocalyptic (or pre-sub-apocalyptic) world with conviction but restraint, makes for an enjoyable, well-crafted mystery. (Continue reading…)

Go here for the 3rd and final book in the Last Policeman trilogy, World of Trouble.


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