Stuff in the ‘The Last Policeman’ Category

21 January, 2019

GOLDEN STATE, Ben H. Winters

From award-winning, New York Times bestselling novelist Ben H. Winters comes a mind-bending novel set in a world governed by absolute truth, where lies are as dangerous as murder. (Mulholland/Little Brown, January 2019; Random House UK)

 
In a strange alternate society that values law and truth above all else, Laszlo Ratesic is a nineteen-year veteran of the Speculative Service. He lives in the Golden State, a nation standing where California once did, a place where like-minded Americans retreated after the erosion of truth and the spread of lies made public life and governance impossible.
In the Golden State, knowingly contradicting the truth is the greatest crime–and stopping those crimes is Laz’s job. In its service, he is one of the few individuals permitted to harbor untruths, to “speculate” on what might have happened.
But the Golden State is less a paradise than its name might suggest. To monitor, verify, and enforce the truth requires a veritable panopticon of surveillance and recording. And when those in control of the facts twist them for nefarious means, the Speculators are the only ones with the power to fight back.
Reviews:

Winters has a knack for creating appealing detective fictions that skew reality in thought-provoking ways, producing a hybrid of the familiar and the uncanny. His Last Policeman Trilogy (2012-2014) took place in New Hampshire in the months preceding Earth’s collision with an asteroid. “Underground Airlines,” published in 2016, posited a United States in which the Civil War never took place and where slavery is still legal in four states. At their best, these novels approach the mind-expanding counterfactuals and dystopias created by Philip K. Dick, George Orwell and Michael Chabon. As you read them, you feel your perception of the world slipping and warping.”  —Washington Post

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12 December, 2018

Ben H. Winters’ THE LAST POLICEMAN trilogy–with all new covers!

Our dear friends at Quirk Publishers are repackaging Ben H. Winters’ award-winning THE LAST POLICEMAN trilogy in time for the release of his new novel, GOLDEN STATE (Mulholland/Little Brown), releasing January 22. Love, love, love these new, very commercial covers. Most of all, I appreciate the willingness of a publisher to keep re-inventing; alas, this is not always the case. Thanks especially to Brett Cohen and Jhanteigh Kupihea.


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.


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.