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Publication Date: Available Now from Quirk Books.
There are just 14 days until a deadly asteroid hits the planet, and America has fallen into chaos. But Detective Hank Palace still has one last case to solve. His beloved sister Nico was last seen in the company of suspicious radicals, armed with heavy artillery and a plan to save humanity. Hank's search for Nico takes him from Massachusetts to Ohio, from abandoned zoos and fast food restaurants to a deserted police station where he uncovers evidence of a brutal crime. With time running out, Hank follows the clues to a series of earth-shattering revelations.
What a brilliant brilliant end to this already brilliant series. Yes I've said brilliant way too much here but there are only so many words available to describe things and this describes it, well, brilliantly.
Hank Palace is a truly wonderful character. In Book One he was determined to solve a murder even though the world was about to end. In Book Two he was on the trail of a missing husband, once more despite the fact that the end of the world was even closer. The only man keeping his head whilst those around him were losing theirs, he has a moral sense that is magical to watch, also quite disconcerting, but endlessly compelling.
In this final instalment, Hank is out to find and save his sister, who was last seen in the company of some rather extreme radicals with a plan to save the world - if indeed it turns out that it is not a huge conspiracy theory, a theme that has run throughout the series. Once more Hank's inate sense of justice and his very real need to be doing something shines through the narrative and you really would follow him to the ends of the earth. After all what is he supposed to do exactly, apart from scream and tear his hair out or sit in a corner waiting to die...it is an intriguing thought process that Ben H Winters has put across very well both in character and setting and is one of the huge plus points of this trilogy, it does give pause for thought.
This is such a highly imaginative and well executed story, utterly gripping, never dull and I did wonder how on earth Mr Winters was going to conclude this thing - there were many ways he could have gone with it but for this reader his final delivery was pitch perfect and utterly in keeping with the entire show so far. And what a show it was, definitely one of my favourite trilogies in the history of anything ever.
Does the world end? Well you will have to read to find out and I would highly recommend that you do.
Happy Reading Folks!