Stuff in the ‘Countdown City’ Category

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.


20 April, 2014

Ben H. Winters wins Philip K. Dick Award for 2013 for COUNTDOWN CITY!

Bursting with pride to hear that Ben H. Winters won the 2013 Award for COUNTDOWN CITY, the second in the Last Policeman Trilogy from Quirk Books. This after winning the Edgar for THE LAST POLICEMAN. The final volume, WORLD OF TROUBLE pubs in July. Could not have happened to a nicer and more deserving writer!9781594746260_p0_v2_s260x420


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


2 June, 2010

Winters

Ben Winters began his tryst with writing in fourth grade by writing short stories about a pig called Piggy Wiggy who Ben2always died a rather dramatic death. This childhood adventure branched out into different avenues  – he sold stories to the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, found time to engage with theater through works such as the Off-Broadway musical Slut and children’s musicals The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and Uncle Pirate; and even worked as a journalist and teacher. When Winters turned to books, his skill was demonstrated the moment his pen touched paper. His first mash-up novel, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, became a New York Times bestseller while his middle grade novel, The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Ben describes writing to be a grueling process, “a physical event – you are struggling with a manuscript, wrestling with it.”

Winte41qE8M2sdgL._AA160_rs’ latest is a trilogy of detective novels that track the apocalyptic collapse of society and the modern world as we know it. The Last Policeman and Countdown City are the first two installments of this trilogy and cover a time period of a few months where the world learns of its imminent destruction and then begins the gradual and inescapable disintegration of society. Both books won coveted awards: an Edgar Award for The Last  Policeman, and the Philip K. Dick Award for Countdown City.  It’s incredibly rare to have an author honored with the top mystertroubley and science fiction awards.  Just released, the third and final volume, World of Trouble is winning praise. ”

It is impossible not to love Hank and his need to try to do the right thing all the time. The bleak premise of this series could be too much, but, instead, it gives a certain clarity to the action of people who become their most real selves when the end of the world arrives.”—Library Journal

“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.”—Kirkus

“A fine conclusion to a unique and compelling trilogy.”—Booklist

Ben currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. He writes by the mantra “Write what you want to know. Be curious and interested about other people and things, satisfy that curiosity, and let your knowledge inform your work.”

Ben H. Winters is a New York Times bestselling author, playwright, journalist, teacher and coffee aficionado. Mr. Winters is currently hard at work and c380314_332610133478752_1516649067_n9781594746260_p0_v2_s260x420onsuming multiple double shot espressos to complete the thrilling conclusion to the trilogy begun with The Last Policeman (Quirk Books, July 2012) and its follow up Countdown City (July 2013), to be published July 2014. In the Last Policeman trilogy, Winters tells the harrowing tale of earth’s impending doom by an asteroid named Maia and one rookie police officer Hank Palace’s attempt to finish his case files and keep the peace.  Not even the end of the world will hinder Hank Palace on the trail of justice.

Mystery Scene magazine writes “Normally, only Stephen King and Dean Koontz can suck me into a book and not release their stranglehold until I, exhausted from lack of sleep, have turned the last page. Now [Ben Winters] has joined their ranks… The Last Policeman is extraordinary—as well as brilliant, surprising, and, considering the circumstances, oddly uplifting.” Not surprisingly, the novel won an Edgar for Best Paperback Original, was chosen by Amazon as one of the Best Books for 2012, and has made it on many “Best Books” lists for the year.

Winters continued to win high praise for Countdown City, which was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award.

A father of young children, Mr. Winters is also a critically acclaimed children’s book author.  His first of two middle grade mysteries, The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman (HarperCollins, 2010) was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Novel and named a Bank Street Best Book of the year, while the sequel, The Mystery of Everything (HarperCollins, 2011) won this rave from Kirkus Reviews: “This zany sequel offers another fast-moving middle-school puzzler with lots of pre- and early teen humor …fans will cheer more mystery and mayhem.”Winters is a talented poet whose collections of scary poetry for kids, Literally Disturbed:  Tales to Keep You Up at Night (Price, Stern & Sloan, 2013) will be followed by a sequel in August 2014.

Winters is the author of Bed Bugs, a contemporary urban horror story, Android Karenina (Quirk Books, 2010) “Creepy, thrilling, and highly enjoyable” (Library Journal), New York Times Bestseller Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (Quirk Books, 2009), and several Worst-Case Scenario books from cars to the paranormal (Quirk Books, 2009-2011).

When Winters is not writing novels or poetry for kids, he is writing plays and teaching the craft of writing.  For more about Ben Winters:   http://benhwinters.com/ or follow him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BenHWintersisawriter, and on twitter:  @benhwinters