By Ben H. Winters

"[The] bizarre, attractive, unapologetically apocalyptic final Policeman trilogy is one in all my favourite secret series."—John eco-friendly, writer of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns

Winner of the 2014 Philip ok. Dick Award

The final Policeman received the 2013 Edgar Award for top Paperback Original--along with lots of gleaming reviews.  
 
Now Detective Hank Palace returns in Countdown City, the second one quantity of the Last Policeman trilogy. There are only seventy seven days earlier than a dangerous asteroid collides with Earth, and Detective Palace is out of a role. With the harmony police strength working less than the auspices of the U.S. Justice division, Hank's days of fixing crimes are over...until a lady from his earlier begs for support discovering her lacking husband.
 
Brett Cavatone disappeared and not using a trace—an effortless feat in a global with out telephones, no autos, and no solution to inform no matter if someone’s long past “bucket record” or just gone. With society falling to shambles, Hank items jointly what few clues he can, on a seek that leads him from a college-campus-turned-anarchist-encampment to a crumbling coastal panorama the place anti-immigrant armed forces fend off “impact quarter” refugees.
 
Countdown City presents one other attention-grabbing secret set on verge of collapse of an apocalypse--and once more, Hank Palace confronts questions manner past "whodunit." What can we as humans owe to each other? And what does it suggest to be civilized while civilization is collapsing throughout you?

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He asks me, petulant, infantile. “Why did I do what, Jeremy? ” “Go and get him. I advised you to not do this. I advised you. ” He seems at me with real bafflement, wondered and sorrowful. “I simply sought after my likelihood, you recognize? I simply sought after an opportunity along with her. I simply wanted her to be on my own, so i'll check with her, so i may make her comprehend. ” All this I already understand. After he created his forgery, tore out a web page from Martha’s hot-pink cinnamon-scented diary and crafted the incriminating passage, he “discovered” it and handed it directly to Brett. Jeez, guy, I don’t understand how to inform you this … this used to be simply, like, mendacity open … at your residence … I’m sorry … I’m relatively sorry. Any husband could were skeptical, might have faced his spouse, demanded an evidence, was hoping for a false impression. aside from Brett: the husband who desired to move, who sought after his marriage to be over, for the agreement to be abrogated so he may possibly burst off and do God’s paintings within the woods. “He didn’t even love her,” Jeremy says, shaking his head, having a look up on the ceiling. “You comprehend? He didn’t even love her. i like her. ” “Where is she? ” I ask him back, and he doesn’t solution. one other step and now I’m midway up the flight of steps, virtually inside of lunging distance of that rattling rifle. I photograph the actual motions—one final speedy bounce upward, push the suspect to the left with the strength of my physique, seize the rifle from less than his physique with my correct hand. I don’t have a correct hand. “Where is she, Jeremy? ” “I instructed you. I informed you I don’t comprehend. ” “That’s no longer actual. ” I’m attempting to retain my voice even, be calm, be cool, enable him understand that he can belief me, yet within i'm exploding with anger at this silly baby and his silly dead violent love. A 12 months and a part in the past all of this could were a postadolescent weigh down, a daydream a few buddy’s spouse. yet in Maia’s shadow it’s blossomed like nightshade, turn into a crazed obsession, a murderous plot. He licks his lips, brings a hand up and rubs his face. I’m commencing to get the very robust effect that the child is excessive as a satellite tv for pc, that he’s drifting someplace out of radio’s succeed in. “Martha? ” I shout, loud, and get no reaction—not from Jeremy and never from a few far away nook of the home, now not from any closet or move slowly house. “Martha, it’s Henry. i want you to yell should you can pay attention me. ” “Shut up,” Jeremy says sharply, unexpectedly, anger clouding his voice. He shifts at the steps and grabs the butt of the rifle. The scruff of a beard, the unhappy little-boy face. “She’s no longer right here. I want she was once right here, yet she’s now not. ” He says the phrases so quiet and delicate, I want she used to be the following, yet she’s no longer, and that i get very chilly, like my insides are an underwater cavern unexpectedly flooded with frozen sea. “Is she useless now? Did you kill her, Jeremy? ” “No. I simply desired to seek advice from her. ” “You went to get her. This morning? ” “Yes. ” He nods, mouth slack and open. “What occurred, Jeremy? ” “Nothing. She used to be long past. ” He appears to be like at me, helpless, burdened. “There used to be a few guy there, I observed him—” “Cortez. You attacked him.

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