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World of Trouble

(The Last Policeman #3)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  10,443 ratings  ·  1,358 reviews
There are just 14 days until a deadly asteroid hits the planet, and America has fallen into chaos. Citizens have barricaded themselves inside basements, emergency shelters, and big-box retail stores. Cash is worthless; bottled water is valuable beyond measure. All over the world, everyone is bracing for the end.

But Detective Hank Palace still has one last case to solve. Hi
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by Quirk Books
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Janet Read all three, in order. The second book is the weakest, but it's a bridge to the final book.…moreRead all three, in order. The second book is the weakest, but it's a bridge to the final book.(less)
Colleen I think it was the best of the series! The first book was so-so, the second better, but this one wrapped it all up in a believable manner.

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Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellently written apocalyptic trilogy, last book really good. Dark, scary and emotional. Quick, intense read.
Well deserved four stars, hope this writer comes up with more of these great stories. Very recommended for fans of apocalyptic books, well worth the read. But also... for those who just like a good crime story. Poetic even, the last pages.....

What if you knew a deadly asteroid is going to hit earth, in so many days.... The word is in chaos and turmoil. Detective Hank Palace keeps figh
Dan Schwent
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
With six days until a six mile-wide asteroid crashes into the earth, can Henry Palace navigate America's dying carcass and track down his sister?

I won this in a Booklikes Giveaway. Apparently their giveaways are easier to win.

Here we are, the conclusion of the saga Ben H. Winters began in The Last Policeman. Like the conclusion of every other saga, it had a lot of expectations to meet. Did it?

Yes. Yes, it did. World of Trouble picks up months after Countdown City left off, with a world on the br
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of missing persons cases, the apocalypse, philosophy
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“Almost always, things are exactly as they appear. People are continually looking at the painful or boring parts of life with the half-hidden expectation that there is more going on beneath the surface, some deeper meaning that will eventually be unveiled; we’re waiting for the saving grace, the shocking reveal. But almost always things just are what they are, almost always there’s no glittering ore hidden under the dirt.“

I’ve been reading
(I won this ARC from Goodreads.)

I think that one of the bright spots about knowing that an asteroid is going to hit the Earth would be that no one could ever say again, “Cheer up. It’s not the end of the world!”

There are only a few days left until the hunk of space rock called Maia will collide with the Earth and almost certainly wipe out humanity. Hank Palace, a former police detective, is on one last case of a highly personal nature. He’s trying to track down his rebellious sister Nico who is
Richard Derus
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5* of five, rounded up because they're my ratings and I get to do whatever the hell I want with 'em

12 JULY 2021 UPDATE THE TRILOGY'S BEEN OPTIONED FOR TV by Fox...Read all about it!!

How I missed posting my announcement of this review's appearance back in March I don't know. Anyway, it's live at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud, better known as "my blog."

And in further proof that this is the Golden Age of Comics-and-SF-Geekery, the trilogy's TV future is a step closer to assured at
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
It remains hard to fathom, hard to believe, that this is what the world has become. That this, of all possible worlds and times in which I could have been born, could have been a policeman, that this is the world and time that I got.

Again we join Henry Palace, policeman, in one last mystery before the world ends.

In six days an asteroid will obliterate Earth. Henry Palace is searching for his sister. They are so different, and he knows they have different opinions on the future (such as, whether
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very satisfying end to a progressively crazy series. I mean, seriously, can we expect anything else when the world is about to end? Cults aside, Henry is right there with the rest of them, still a policeman even when hunting for a sledgehammer, his sister, or that one last kiss.

(But not with his sister, mind you. He isn't *that* crazy.)

Of course, any SF/Mystery series that brings in the Amish is going to be slightly *odd*, right? Still, hunting for his lost sister is far from being the craziest
We now live in a world of wolves... people roaming the countryside in search of safety or love or cheap thrills.

The asteroid that is going to wipe out Earth is now expected within just days. Henry only maintains his sanity by giving himself quests. In the first book, he was still a cop and was trying to solve a murder. In the second book, the police were done, but he took a private case to investigate. And, in this third book, he decides that he needs to find his sister before the end so the
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
A thrilling end to a unique trilogy!

In this final installment of "The Last Policeman" series, Detective Harry Palace races against time to solve one final mystery before a devastating asteroid hits earth and wipes out most or even all of humanity. I think I enjoyed this final book the most, listening in to Harry's thoughts as the asteroid hurtles ever closer. As impending doom hastens Earthward.

This series is contemplative and "quiet", but also with enough action to keep you turning the pages.
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss, audio, reviewed
Henry Palace can't stop being a policemen, even though he is no longer on the force and even though Earth will collide with an asteroid in a few days destroying all life. He can't stop looking for answers, even though it doesn't matter anymore. What he is looking for in this last book of the trilogy is his sister. He didn't buy into her theory that a vast conspiracy is preventing a missing scientist from diverting the asteroid away from Earth, so they haven't parted on good terms and he needs to ...more
Manuel Antão
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Life’s too short. More and more I’m finally starting to understand the value of my time.

I’ve spent many nights at the computer with reruns of Star Trek in the background. It used to help my brain unwind. I used to spend way too much time with Gaming (at the computer, on my tablet, etc) because I felt that unplugging was more beneficial than doing work-related stuff. That’s only partially temporization-related bullshit. I do feel bette
Wow, that was good!!

“The fact that we often judge the pleasure of an experience by its ending can cause us to make some curious choices.” ― Daniel Gilbert, Stumbling on Happiness

World of Trouble is the final book in an excellent trilogy pondering the end of the world. Should you decide to read the trilogy, do not indulge in spoilers, just read it. Ben H. Winters does an excellent job of painting humanity in small with his protagonist Hank Palace. Palace is the embodiment of the slow moving (by t
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

The Last Policeman series is simply awesome and underrated. And now the trilogy has come to a close.

Technically, these books would probably fit more comfortably in the Crime & Mystery/Police Procedural category. But there’s a twist. Imagine that for the past year, everyone has known that a giant killer asteroid is hurtling towards earth, set to impact in just a matter of days. On Boomsday, tsunamis will wipe out the coasts
James Thane
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the third and final volume in Ben H. Winters' series featuring Hank Palace, the Last Policeman. When the first volume, The Last Policeman, opened, Hank had just been promoted into his dream job of being a detective on the police force in Concord, New Hampshire. Sadly, though, the job is not going to last very long because in only six month's time, a giant asteroid is going to slam into the earth, ending Life As We Know It.

The Last Policeman and Countdown City detailed Hank's activities f
Aug 09, 2016 added it
Shelves: fiction, trilogy
The Hook It’s the end of the trilogy and possibly the world. Who could resist knowing what happened?

The Line ”It’s sunrise, drizzling still, and with the muted rain-wet golds and scarlets of the trees, with the crickets calling to one another, the crows doing their plaintive cawing, I find myself imagining for a minute what a peaceful world this’ll be when the people are gone, when the paved expanses are reclaimed by wildflowers and the birds have the full use of the sky.”

The Sinker – Keeping it
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ben Winters closes out his trilogy of literary noirs set against an impending apocalypse in exactly the right way, staying true to the depressingly bleak yet somehow positively uplifting tone of the previous two books, thanks largely to his exceedingly well crafted protagonist Hank Palace.

With just a week left to live Palace gives up companionship, relative safety, a regular source of food and a pleasant place to see out the end of the world in favour of hunting down his wayward younger sister l
Jun 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had thought that the second book in this series had dipped in quality a bit from the first, but I was still interested enough to see how the trilogy ended, and I’m glad about that because this final part turned out to be an excellent mystery/thriller. In this instalment our hero Henry Palace travels from New England to Ohio in search of his sister, with whom he is determined to be reunited. Most of the narrative takes place over the last couple of weeks before the asteroid is due to strike, an ...more
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm not even sure where to start this review, simply because I'm not sure I'm capable of producing a coherent one. Or at least I'm not sure I'm capable of writing a reasonable, well thought out, unbiased review that will make me sound all smart and scholarly. Not that I'm saying anyone reads my reviews, and comes away with the idea that I'm some sort of savant book whisperer. I'm anything but, and trying to write a review for World of Trouble, just emphasizes that point.

Finishing this book, turn
Judith E
As the asteroid hurtles and is within days of colliding with Earth, Hank Palace continues using his detective skills to track down and reunite with his sister, Nico, so they can be together at the end.

Societal guidelines deteriorate to chaos and violence as Hank travels to Rotary, Ohio. He encounters multiple and complex characters who behave in an array of end-of-the-world behaviors. Winters’ portrayal of these players is perfection. Some are likable, some humorous, some philosophical and some
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hank Palace leaves behind the comfort of a secure police compound to seek out his missing sister, desperate to see her one last time before a six kilometer wide asteroid crashes into Earth. With humanity on the brink of extinction, can Hank find Nico or will he simply die alone in the ruins of America?

I received a free copy from Quirk Books in exchange for a review.

Winters’ World of Trouble is the highly anticipated finale to his Edgar Award winning Last Policeman trilogy. The books follow Detec
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was probably the most awaited book for me circa 2014. My anticipation was never disappointed. And look at me, giving a 5 star rating in this genre, at that. As I am no book snob, it isn't a first- but it sure is a rarity.

Ben H. Winters' trilogy just gets better and better. The tension starts out slower at the beginning of the third and final "World of Trouble" and at that point my enjoyment was 4 star; yet for the second whole half it went to a 6. Twists and unforeseen turns and still the k
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Green" towns are low-key, high-functioning and homely, where neighbors look after neighbors and there are community sing-alongs. But "red" towns are anarchic, exploitative and cruel. And "black" towns have effectively ceased to exist. The end of human habitation on earth is likely only a few days away, and already there's no civil government, electricity or even running water.

Welcome to the tragic world of Hank Palace, a former police detective who has left his native New Hampshire with his "p
Althea Ann
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
A strong ending to the trilogy.

I almost felt that the middle book could've been skipped, but the story is back on track in the third.

Former detective Hank Palace's sister was last seen in a helicopter, zooming off with a cultlike group with seemingly far-fetched plans to rescue an imprisoned physicist and save the world in a daring last-minute bid to knock the asteroid that's headed for Earth out of its apocalyptic trajectory.

Hank is feeling guilty that his last interaction with his sister invol
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-apocalypse
This trilogy was amazing and this book was much anticipated by me. I loved the premise for this series- the world is going to end. It’s proven beyond all doubt. How do people behave? Badly. But not Henry Palace. I can’t tell you how much I love this character. He is upstanding and committed to his police officer job even when the world is falling apart. This book is so sad, as he struggles to find out where his sister disappeared to. This trilogy is original and well written. Anyone who likes po ...more
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the final book in the Last Policeman trilogy. I don’t know why I enjoy Winters so much. Except for the novel setting, this is a pretty typical detective story. Against all odds and relying only on his wits, the young policeman tracks down the bad guy and wins. But despite any implausibility, I am totally sucked in to his novels. Guilty pleasure?
Mike Finn

The 'Last Policeman' trilogy is a wonderful achievement. It considers what happens when all of us find out that we have no future. That, in a few months time, an asteroid is going to strike and the world is going to end. That all we have is now. That there is no later. What makes it unique is that the story is told through the eyes of Hank Palace, a neuroatypical man for whom the end of the world has brought the fulfilment of an ambition. He finally gets to be a homicide detective.


Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-read, favorites
FIVE STARS! Really the entire THE LAST POLICEMAN trilogy should be read as one book, which is sort of how I did it, inhaling THE LAST POLICEMAN, COUNTDOWN CITY and WORLD OF TROUBLE in a little over 4 days.

The third book is the best of the bunch, and first I thought that it was, by necessity, going to be more towards the science fiction end of the scifi-mystery axis that the books advertise themselves as. The thing is, the INCREDIBLE emotional wallop WORLD OF TROUBLE punches wouldn't be nearly as
Rachel the Book Harlot
(Note: I won this book in a Booklikes giveaway)

An excellent conclusion to a unique trilogy.

"Acceptance of loss is a destination, not a journey." 
- Henry Palace

If I was worried as to how Ben Winters would end his Last Policeman trilogy, I should not have been. Winters managed it beautifully.

In World of Trouble, Henry embarks on a quest to locate his sister, Nico. Their last encounter ended on a sour note, and she disappeared before Henry had a chance to make things right. Henry cannot bear the
Julie Davis
May 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Just scored the very last Amazon Vine copy of this baby. I literally watched the button change to "no more available" after I requested it. I don't get those breaks often, which I can't help feel is ironic since it is a bigger break than Hank Palace is going to be catching by the end of the book. (The one thing I DO know about it.)

This book is told just a few days from the asteroid Maia hitting the Earth and possibly ending all life on the planet. Hank Palace leaves his cozy haven with fel
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, sf, apocalyptic
In this third and final instalment of The Last Policeman, the asteroid Maia is less than 2 weeks away from colliding with Earth. Society has totally broken down and people are hunkering down for their last days with what food and water they can find. Detective Hank Palace is perhaps the last decent human being left alive and leaving the safe compound he has helped set up with a group of like minded people, he sets off on a mission to find his sister, Nico, last seen with a bunch of unsavoury cha ...more
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