Stuff in the ‘Ben H. Winters’ Category

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

 


25 May, 2012

THE LAST POLICEMAN Starred Review in Kirkus!

We’re so excited to see that Kirkus has given a much-coveted starred review to THE LAST POLICEMAN, the first in a planned fiction trilogy by Ben H. Winters from the brilliant and innovative publisher, Quirk Books (distributed by Random House).  We know this is just the first of many good reviews for this incredibly talented writer.  Congratulations, Ben!  The book pubs June 1.

In a pre-apocalyptic world, one detective still keeps watch—but to what end?

The impending impact of asteroid 2011GV1, unaffectionately known as Maia, has given life on Earth only six more months. It’s turned Concord, N.H., into a “hanger town,” a reference to the suicide preference of locals. Rookie Detective Hank Palace is determined to stay on top of his caseload even though many of his old colleagues seem to have cashed in and are bucket-listing it from now on. Enter Peter Zell, or rather exit Peter, whose death is Palace’s latest case. Any other cop would have let this apparent suicide go, but Palace is determined to do his duty when he senses something suspicious about the circumstances. Added to this is Palace’s mess of a little sister, Nico, who knows that Palace may be the only one with the cop chops to track down her missing husband. What’s more interesting than the mystery surrounding Zell’s death is Winters’ vision of a pre-apocalyptic world, one where laws are both absolute and irrelevant and even minor players have major control over what could be a new future. The imminent end of the world doesn’t mean that everyone has shown their hands—just that there’s a lot more at stake if they lose.

A promising kickoff to a planned trilogy. For Winters (Bedbugs, 2011, etc.), the beauty is in the details rather than the plot’s grim main thrust.

 


12 April, 2012

JDA in the press this week!

Two great stories in the press this week in which we are featured! 

Deadline announced that Ti West has been tapped to write the screenplay for Tango Pictures of Ben Winters’ tale of urban paranoia, BED BUGS, published by Quirk Books.  The deal was brokered by agent Shari Smiley who recently left CAA to found her own agency on behalf of Quirk, working with Joelle Delbourgo Associates. The story was widely picked up in the Hollywood press. Congrats to the brilliant Ben Winters, one of our all-time favorite clients:

http://www.deadline.com/2012/04/tango-pictures-scratches-deal-for-horror-novel-bedbugs-ti-west-to-write-script/

Huffington Post just ran a story by Terri Guiliano on why self-published books are so poorly represented in indie bookstores, which makes for fascinating reading.  Terri interviewed me for the story.  Thank you, Terri!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/11/why-you-cant-find-indies-in-bookstores_n_1418839.html

And now, I’m off to Madison, Wisconsin for the Writers Institute conference that begins tomorrow. You can read more about what I’ll be doing there in my previous post.

–Joelle Delbourgo


2 June, 2010

Winters

 

Ben H. Winters is the author of Underground Airlines (hardcover release Mullholland Books/Little Brown, July, 2016/paperback, July 2017) and The Last Policeman trilogy — The Last Policeman (Quirk/2012), Countdown City (Quirk/2013), and World of Trouble (Quirk/2014) — for which he received the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished Science Fiction, a Macavity Award nomination and an Anthony Award Nomination, along with placement in numerous “Best Of” lists, including on Amazon, Slate, and NPR. The trilogy has been published in 14 languages so far. Ben’s other books include Bedbugs, Android Karenina, the New York Times bestseller Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, and the middle-grade novels The Mystery of the Everything and The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman, a Bank Street Best Book of 2011 and an Edgar Award nominee. Ben is also the author of many plays and musicals for children and adults, as well as Literally Disturbed, a series of poetrybooks for kids (Penguin). He he has written for national and local publications including the Chicago Tribune, Slate, and the Huffington Post. He grew up in Maryland, attended Washington University in St. Louis, and currently lives with his family in Los Angeles.

His website is www.BenHWinters.com 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.