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.
Stuff in the ‘The Last Policeman’ Category
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.
Ben 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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Last 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.
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.
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.
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.