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Published on July 7th, 2012 | by Greg


The Last Policeman: A Pre-Apocalyptic Novel

Imag­ine that the world was go­ing to end. And ev­ery­one knew it. What would hap­pen? Plen­ty of books dis­cuss what comes af­ter­wards- zom­bies or peak oil or even the world spin­ning more slow­ly- but not many talk about what might hap­pen to so­ci­ety if we see the end in sight. The world is six months from the im­pact of an as­ter­oid, and the un­rav­el­ing has be­gun. Take a fair­ly clas­sic noir po­lice / de­tec­tive sto­ry, and set it against the back­drop, and you’ve got a good sense of to­day’s ti­tle.

The Last Po­lice­man comes out in a few days (Quirk Books, 288 pages, pa­per­back), and it’s worth a read. Au­thor Ben Win­ters paints a de­cent pic­ture, and moves things along, all the while keep­ing you guess­ing. Is it a vast con­spir­a­cy, tipped off by what looks like “just an­oth­er sui­cide”? What pieces don’t fit? Does it even mat­ter?

With­out giv­ing any­thing away, we can safe­ly say that the end­ing will dis­ap­point some peo­ple, and maybe that’s the way it has to be. You should know, go­ing in, that this book is the first in a planned tril­o­gy. The char­ac­ters aren’t par­tic­u­lar­ly in­ter­est­ing- well-drawn, they are nonethe­less pret­ty archetyp­i­cal. But there is plen­ty of com­e­dy to be found, in ev­ery shade from light to very, grim­ly dark. And it’s all well thought-through, with a clever eye for de­tails, even if the machi­na­tions and scope don’t quite match the vi­sion.

A light beach read? Per­haps not. But sol­id, in­volv­ing, and even mov­ing nonethe­less. Avail­able short­ly, for around $10!

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About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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