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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 20 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: July 10, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008J9ENTS
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Knowing that death will arrive in six months has lots of people simply walking off their jobs. Heading out to enjoy whatever hours remain or fulfill a Bucket List of places to see.
Not Palace, however, the main character, who has always wanted to be a police detective and now has his chance.
Concord, New Hampshire has become a 'hanger town". People who chose suicide rather than endure what may be a horrific death after the asteroid hits. One of these hangers is Peter Zell, who apparently commits suicide at McDonald's.
But Palace refuses to accept Zell's death as yet another suicide. Instead, he starts investigating. Zell, it turns out, seems to have been a rather likable fellow, a quiet nerd who worked for an insurance company, alphabetized his cereal and had few friends.
Everyone, including the medical examiner, agrees that Zell is a suicide. The fact is: no one else seems to care. About anything much, in fact, now that the end is so near.
What really draws you into the book is the way the author spins out the background of what happens when everyone knows death will come in six months. For example, the government has frozen the prices for restaurants. So why would anyone bother to show up and make the food and serve it? The $1,000 tips.
People respond to the looming catastrophe by "doing all sorts of things, for motives that can be difficult or impossible to divine clearly.Read more ›
I loved Bedbugs by Ben Winters, and in fact it was one of my favorite books of last year, so that being said I had extremely high expectations of this book going into it, and I think because I built it up so much it fell a bit flat for me. I was really hoping the end of the world/post-apoctolyptic aspect was going to be the main focus, but instead I felt like it was more about Hank solving the mystery behind the suicide/murder.
That being said, I'm still a huge fan of Ben Winters writing, his writing style is phenomenal, and although this book wasn't really my cup of tea, I know for the right reader this could be a five-star book. His writing draws you in, and for those that like true-crime/mystery novels, I think you would love this book.
Albert Camus famously asserted that there was only one true philosophical question: Why not suicide? This is the burdensome question that all of Winters's characters must grapple with when the scientific community confirms that the planet will likely be destroyed by an imminent collision with an asteroid in six months' time. Camus's answer to the question was not for the weak-willed: the "absurdist" hero must reject suicide and embrace his existential situation, no matter how absurd it may be. For many of Winters's characters, the task proves too much, and so Hank Palace, the young detective who narrates the story, finds himself called to a series of suicides. Most of the investigations are perfunctory, bureaucratic affairs. But one of them just does not feel right: no suicide note, no cellphone, a brand new designer belt used to rig a noose....
As the investigation unfolds it is clear that Palace is not just looking for a killer; he is also looking for meaning, purpose. The victim, who Palace tells us he likes, is almost a mirror reflection of himself: ordinary, orderly--not quite OCD, but close. He even dresses the same as the victim (both men have several suits of a single color).Read more ›
One of those apparent suicides is Peter Zell, an actuary for an insurance firm who is found hanged in a restroom stall at one of the few McDonald's still open in Concord, N.H. It looks like an open-and-shut case -- and, really, why should Palace make the effort to prove otherwise, despite the bruises on the man's face that might indicate he was murdered? Only a few cops still work at the CPD. Others have walked off the job, gone "bucket list" to enjoy their last few months of existence. But Palace perseveres, and the clues to murder start piling up.
This is an absorbing novel, a rippingly fast read with strong characters who are dealing with the toughest of situations in their own ways. Author Ben Winters paints a convincing picture of what life would be like in the U.S. under these circumstances, with small hints about what's going on in other parts of the world. Some areas already are in chaos. Money doesn't mean what it once did to Palace, though it's still, to his surprise, important to others. People who normally would not engage in risky behavior such as drug-using are saying, "Why not?" Palace works hard to maintain professional behavior despite knowing that, even if he catches the killer, that person will only spend a short time in jail -- if jails still exist.
It would have been easy for Winters to go overboard on the world destruction theme, but he didn't, so the story reads like reality. This is the first of a trilogy, and it will be interesting to see how the theme plays out in the remaining two books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this series. Inhaled them one after the other. Well-written but the story was so mesmerizing that I didn't really take the time to appreciate the writing. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Interested Reader
Good subject that raises a lot of interesting issues, but the execution is a bit weak in my view.Published 15 days ago by Michel Andrieu
I read it a bit and ended up by returning it for a refund (not many people realize you have a 3-day window to return a Kindle book). Read morePublished 15 days ago by Florida FTW!
I don't usually do reviews, since I'm a better reader than I am a writer, but there was something about this book that grabbed me. Read morePublished 15 days ago by L.
In defense of the writer though, I'm not much of a fan of mysteries. I just bought this because I like everything about the apocalypse. Very interesting premise.Published 16 days ago by James VanDyke
How would you conduct your life if you knew that THE asteroid was coming in 8 months to destroy earth? Would you go to work? Pay your bills? Solve a suicide? Read morePublished 20 days ago by Margo Zieske
Bleak and chilling in the best possible way, the mystery unwinds step by step until finally, inevitably, all becomes known. Read morePublished 20 days ago by L. Nagel
There is probably not much I can add that hasn't been said, but this story starts as a simple detective story, and then layers are exposed to much deeper implications. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Mickey D. Hadick