This is a book that has been in contention in my house since it has been stolen from me mid-read, see post here. I finally had it returned to me and finished it in one sitting.
Excellent pre-apocalyptic, Sci-fi, thriller, mystery read. There is so much good about this book, I almost don’t know where to start. I don’t like repeating the blurb but a brief overview is that the world is going to end. There is a giant comet headed to earth and we now have a landing date in about six months. There are a variety of actions from people all over the world. Some people go “bucket list”, which is they take off and try to do all those things they always meant to do. Others commit suicide. One woman shaves her head so she doesn’t have to spend time doing her hair for the final six months. In this setting, Detective Hank Palace continues to do his job, solve crime.
Detective Palace is whose eyes we observe the story through and being a detective his observations are keen and clear. The characters are well drawn and realistic with a full range of human emotion amid this setting of soon-to-be mass destruction. The author creates characters that as a reader I cared about. I wanted to know what was going to happen to them.
There are some funny moments or black humor, such as when Palace is convinced the latest body is murder made to look like another suicide and no one else really is:
“I’ll tell you what,” says Dotseth genially. “We’ll call it an attempted murder.”
“It’s a suicide, but you’re attempting to make it a murder. Have a great day, Detective.”
The plot is thrilling and drives you to keep going until you finish. There are moments of misdirection and false clues that Palace follows doggedly trying to solve the case, Elements of a police procedural here, but one in which the “procedures” are all being turned on their head by the “end of the world”. The mystery is well crafted and comes to a believable conclusion. A great murder mystery even if you are not someone who would normally read this apocalyptic type fiction.
This book is first in a trilogy. The second book is Countdown City and I am going to get that ASAP. This really was that good.