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Countdown City (Last Policeman #2) (MP3 CD)
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This is book number 2 in the Last Policeman series.
August 2013 Indie Next List
“The second book in The Last
Policeman trilogy, Countdown City turns darker as the destruction
of the world gets closer. Life has come to a halt as everyone
prepares for the last days and vital services such as electricity
and water are no longer available. Hank Palace is an out of work
policeman who continues to believe that helping people is part of
who he is, so when an old friend asks for his help in locating
her missing husband, he agrees, knowing that many have gone
missing and his search may be meaningless. Even he is stumped
when asked why he continues to look, saying only that he was
asked to. As sides are drawn in preparation for the coming
battles over resources and survival, Hank follows the clues and
finds his quarry with surprising results. He is helped along the
way by his rebel sister who maybe on to a way to save the world.
Part conventional mystery and part extistential problem - what
would you do if you knew exactly when the end of the world was
coming - this book entertains and elicits thought. Start with
the first - The Last Policeman, continue with the Countdown City
and hold your breath waiting for the last in the series.”
— Ann Carlson, Harborwalk Books, Georgetown, SC
"A genre-defying blend of crime writing and science fiction." --Alexandra Alter, The New York Times
Detective Hank Palace returns in the second in the speculative mystery trilogy set on the brink of the apocalypse.
There are just 77 days before a deadly asteroid collides with Earth, and Detective Palace is out of a job. With the Concord police force operating under the auspices of the U.S. Justice Department, Hank's days of solving crimes are over...until a woman from his past begs for help finding her missing husband.
Brett Cavatone disappeared without a trace--an easy feat in a world with no phones, no cars, and no way to tell whether someone's gone "bucket list" or just gone. With society falling to shambles, Hank pieces together what few clues he can, on a search that leads him from a college-campus-turned-anarchist-encampment to a crumbling coastal landscape where anti-immigrant militia fend off "impact zone" refugees.
Countdown City presents another fascinating mystery set on brink of an apocalypse--and once again, Hank Palace confronts questions way beyond "whodunit." What do we as human beings owe to one another? And what does it mean to be civilized when civilization is collapsing all around you?