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.