This novel is great largely because of its setting, with this giant asteroid making everyone crazier than usual in small-town New England. Winters does a great job of writing this plausible reality where some people think that suicide is preferable to whatever could possibly come after the asteroid and others think that the asteroid is an excuse to do every stupid thing you wouldn't do if you knew you had to survive it and still others are convinced that the whole thing is a government conspiracy. And I love our detective friend, who takes himself so absolutely seriously with the memorizing of the rulebook and the following of the procedure but also knows that he's taking himself too seriously even if he can't do anything about it. If you enjoy a dark murder mystery with a bit of humor and some good twists and turns, you should check this book out.
--Alison McCarty, Callahan Branch Library
Find The Last Policeman in the Nassau County Public Library System catalog.