Friday, February 8, 2019

The Last Policeman by Ben H Winters

The Last Policeman by Ben H Winters
There are very few books that linger in your mind after you read them, and even fewer books that stick in your brain and won't ever let go. "The Last Policeman" by Ben H Winters is one of those books that burrows in your mind and won't slip away into a distant memory.

Wikipedia says this book "is a science fiction mystery novel that follows a police detective in New Hampshire as he investigates a suicide he believes was really a murder. His efforts are complicated by the social, political and economic effects of preparations for, and anticipation of, an asteroid impact six months in the future."

In other words, everyone on the earth is going to perish in 6 months, and with that knowledge, why bother solving a murder?But this awareness of a fateful future makes little difference in the policeman's quest. Would it make a difference to you?

How does the idea of having an limited future change who you are? Or what you do? Or how you live? Or should it?

The book has put the concept of personal choice and what I do in the front and center of my thoughts. To have a book that brings these concepts of how you live your life and the choices you make, is a rare achievement. But then to have those thoughts and concepts stick in the claws of one's mind, is even more remarkable.

The book is a trilogy in the science fiction and mystery genre. I recommend it.