The Last Policeman by Ben Winters
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Winters mostly spends time conceptualizing how individuals are handling the bad news. Suicide and drug use are common outlets. Society is staggering along; some people cash out and look for their bliss, others stay at their posts, but sometimes only bodily.
I didn't particularly like the book. There were several logic flaws and a poorly explained secondary plot concerning Henry's sister. It was a depressing read and the mystery Henry was trying to solve was not particularly absorbing. I wouldn't choose to spend two more books with Henry; he's frankly boring and depressing.
But it did get me thinking about the premise. One aspect I think Winters overlooked is the possibility that some people would become more giving and charitable; one last chance to get things right.
>2 SylviaC: I have only read On the Beach once, years ago, but I adored it. I've read an unusual (for an American) number of Nevil Shute novels. Oddly, that is not the only one of his with a genre influence.... Most are mainstream war/historical/Australian novels, but In the Wet has a slight genre element.
>"...a poorly explained secondary plot concerning Henry's sister." This secondary plot runs through all three books .
(BTW, TLP won an Edgar in 2012.)