Stuff in the ‘Ben H. Winters’ Category

8 July, 2016

THE PRISONER, Ben H. Winters

From the author of UNDERGROUND AIRLINES and THE LAST POLICEMAN, a genre-bending thriller. (Mulholland Books/Little Brown, division of Hachette, World Rights, 2018) Also included in the deal is a second, untitled novel.


21 January, 2015

Ben Winters’ nominated for another Edgar Award!

WorldofTrouble_136x205Ben H. Winters, who won an Edgar for the first in his now legendary Last Policeman series, THE LAST POLICEMAN, and a Philip K. Dick Award for the second volume, COUNTDOWN CITY, has just received a nomination for an Edgar for the conclusion, WORLD OF TROUBLE!  I believe this is quite unprecedented.  Congratulations, Ben, and also his fabulous publisher, Quirk!


14 September, 2014

UNDERGROUND AIRLINES, Ben H. Winters

Bought in a preempt, from the author of The Last Policeman trilogy (winner of both an Edgar and the Philip K. Dick Award) Ben Winters’s UNDERGROUND AIRLINES–an epic contemporary detective story about an undercover agent in search of a runaway slave, in an America where the Civil War never happened and slavery still exists in four Southern states. (Mullholland Books/Little Brown/Hachette, North American rights, 2016)  Foreign Rights:  jenny@meyerlit.com

 


17 June, 2014

Preorder WORLD OF TROUBLE, Ben H. Winter!

The third volume of the two-time award-winning LAST POLICEMAN Series (Edgar Award AND Philip K. Dick Award) pubs July 13. But you can preorder it now.  Here are the details!

http://quirkbooks.com/worldofpreorder

WOT_tourAnd Ben Winters will be on tour.  See details to the right!

 


11 June, 2014

Kirkus Reviews praises Ben H. Winters’ WORLD OF TROUBLE

World of Trouble, by Ben H. Winters (July):

Winters leapt boldly into the intersection between speculative fiction and crime fiction with his Edgar Award–winning 2012 novel, The Last Policeman, which imagined a rookie detective in New Hampshire, Hank Palace, still trying to clear his caseload—even as an asteroid threatens to destroy life on Earth within six months. He followed that with Countdown City(2013), and now delivers the final installment in his trilogy, World of Trouble. With a mere two weeks to go before impact, and anarchy reigning, Palace sets off from New England to Ohio in search of his sister, Nico, who may have joined a contingent of radicals hoping to alter the asteroid’s course. His path leads to an abandoned police station, where the clues to untangling a brutal assault might also answer questions about his sibling’s fate. As fascinating as Winters’ imagined societal breakdown can be, it’s his attention to human connections—heartfelt, heroic and lethal—that really make this trilogy worth reading.countdown city: the last policeman II.


4 February, 2014

Where I Write: Ben Winters

Ben WintersOur next Where I Write post, in which our authors tell you about their favorite writing spot, is from Ben Winters

“I write in a lot of places; a local coffee shop called Hubbard & Craven’s, the Central Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library, various other branches of the Indianapolis Public Library, the writing center at Butler University, where I teach. I like to people watch, I love to eavesdrop, but probably my most productive space is my home  office, which is up in the attic. The former owners of this house made it into a rental apartment, so I’ve got a lot of space, a bathroom, a little kitchen (where I make nothing but instant coffee). Best of all, it is just my place, so I can stop things in the messy middle and not clean them up; this is very useful, productivity-wise. In this picture you can see my productively messy desk. (You can also see our little cat, Sachiko, in the lower left-hand corner, angrily stalking my MacBook cord).” — Ben Winters

Ben Winters is the author of many fine works of literature for readers young and old including The Last Policeman, which won an Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original and the its sequel Countdown City which is nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award.  Learn more about Ben on his website, Facebook page and Twitter.


6 August, 2013

Read of the Week: COUNTDOWN CITY, Ben H. Winters

The Last Policeman received the 2013 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original–along with plenty of glowing reviews.  9781594746260_p0_v2_s260x420Now Detective Hank Palace returns in Countdown City, the second volume of the Last Policeman trilogy. There are just 77 days before a deadly asteroid collides with Earth, and Detective Palace is out of a job. With the Concord police force operating under the auspices of the U.S. Justice Department, Hank’s days of solving crimes are over…until a woman from his past begs for help finding her missing husband.Brett Cavatone disappeared without a trace—an easy feat in a world with no phones, no cars, and no way to tell whether someone’s gone “bucket list” or just gone. With society falling to shambles, Hank pieces together what few clues he can, on a search that leads him from a college-campus-turned-anarchist-encampment to a crumbling coastal landscape where anti-immigrant militia fend off “impact zone” refugees.

Countdown City presents another fascinating mystery set on brink of an apocalypse–and once again, Hank Palace confronts questions way beyond “whodunit.” What do we as human beings owe to one another? And what does it mean to be civilized when civilization is collapsing all around you?

“Winters is a deft storyteller who moves his novel effortlessly from its intriguing setup to a thrilling, shattering conclusion.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

“…gripping…”—The Free Lance-Star“… Winters’s work shines.”—Locus“Don’t miss this series!”—Sci Fi magazine

“As with the first Hank Palace novel (this is volume 2 of a projected trilogy), the mystery element is strong, and the strange, preapocalyptic world is highly imaginative and also very plausible—it’s easy to think that the impending end of the world might feel very much like this. Genre mash-up master Winters is at it again.”—Booklist


11 July, 2013

COUNTDOWN CITY, Ben H. Winters

The Last 9781594746260_p0_v2_s260x420Policeman received the 2013 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original–along with plenty of glowing reviews.

Now Detective Hank Palace returns in Countdown City, the second volume of the Last Policeman trilogy. There are just 77 days before a deadly asteroid collides with Earth, and Detective Palace is out of a job. With the Concord police force operating under the auspices of the U.S. Justice Department, Hank’s days of solving crimes are over…until a woman from his past begs for help finding her missing husband.

Brett Cavatone disappeared without a trace—an easy feat in a world with no phones, no cars, and no way to tell whether someone’s gone “bucket list” or just gone. With society falling to shambles, Hank pieces together what few clues he can, on a search that leads him from a college-campus-turned-anarchist-encampment to a crumbling coastal landscape where anti-immigrant militia fend off “impact zone” refugees.

Countdown City presents another fascinating mystery set on brink of an apocalypse–and once again, Hank Palace confronts questions way beyond “whodunit.” What do we as human beings owe to one another? And what does it mean to be civilized when civilization is collapsing all around you?

“… Winters’s work shines.”—Locus

“Don’t miss this series!”—Sci Fi magazine


3 May, 2013

Ben H. Winters’ THE LAST POLICEMAN Wins an Edgar Award!

ben and quirkLast night, I had the pleasure of attending the Mystery Writers of America’s annual Edgar Allen Poe Awards at the invitation of Quirk Books, publisher of one of the one of the nominees in the “best paperback original” original category. Turns out the amiable author Ben Winters dresses up really nice in a tux, and so does his publishing team (at left)!

Ben’s THE LAST POLICEMAN, which has been characterized by one blogger as “apolocalypse noir” features a young detective who has the misfortune of trying to solve his first case in a world gone badly wrong.  With an asteroid set to collide with the earth in six months, everything in Hank Palace’s world is breaking down.  And yet Palace doggedly persists in trying to do the right thing.

It’s a great premise for the first in a trilogy of novels that blend the best of mystery with elements of science fiction and just plain old great storytelling that characterizes the best of these genres.  The increasingly chaotic and dark world Winters’ has created is compelling and his protagonist Hank Palace becomes the moral center.

When THE LAST POLICEMAN was announced as the winner, I have to confess I shrieked.  But the photo below was taken minutes before, in a calmer moment.

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Thanks to Ben’s brilliant editor, Jason Rekulak, his energetic and visionary publishing team at Quirk.  It was a night to remember.

And Quirk will the sequel to THE LAST POLICEMAN,  COUNTDOWN CITY this summer, so there’s much to look forward to.

–Joelle Delbourgo

 


24 July, 2012

TV Series Deal in the Works for THE LAST POLICEMAN

We’re incredibly excited to be close to a deal for a television series for Ben H. Winters’ brilliant pre-apocalyptic novel, THE LAST POLICEMAN, first in a projected trilogy.  The novel’s premise is that an asteroid will collide with the earth in six months.  There is no question that this will happen. Against the backdrop of a world that is coming to an end, a newly minted detective is determined to solve his first case–a murder. The problem is that no one cares.

Our amazing film agent, Shari Smiley of The Smiley Group, is currently in negotiation with Lorenzo di Bonaventura Films.  The book’s  publisher, Quirk Books, will be a co-producer.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/07/the-last-policeman-going-tv-series-route-with-lorenzo-di-bonaventura/

–Joelle Delbourgo