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The Last Policeman
The Last Policeman: A Novel | Ben H. Winters
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"[The] weird, beautiful, unapologetically apocalyptic Last Policeman trilogy is one of my favorite mystery series."John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper TownsWinner of the 2013 EdgarAward Winner for Best Paperback Original!Whats the point in solving murders if were all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. Theres no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact. The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the jobbut not Hank Palace. Hes investigating a death by hanging in a city that sees a dozen suicides every weekexcept this one feels suspicious, and Palace is the only cop who cares. The first in a trilogy, The Last Policeman offers a mystery set on the brink of an apocalypse. As Palaces investigation plays out under the shadow of 2011GV1, were confronted by hard questions way beyond whodunit. What basis does civilization rest upon? What is life worth? What would any of us do, what would we really do, if our days were numbered?Ebook contains an excerpt from the anticipated second book in the trilogy, Countdown City.
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Juliwyant
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Got this at Second and Charles today….sounds so good!!

KathyWheeler I loved these books. It was such a different premise and I thought the story was interesting and well-written. 1y
DrexEdit Oooooo! I really liked these. I'm just starting the third one. 👍 1y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Love this. Why not celebrate #PayaComplimentDay by sending a compliment to one of your favourite living authors? Who would you send a note to?

#ShowSomeLove @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beatriz Williams, Jesmyn Ward, Fiona Davis (we do chat some on Facebook and she knows my cat is named after her!) 😹😹 2y
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Pogue
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Confession I liked this book a lot and I did not think o was going to. I tried to read Underground Airlines by the same author and just could not get into it. I will be finishing this series.

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GrahamBarnesy
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How would you spend your last six months on earth? I believe this was the first pre-apocalyptic book I‘d ever read, and I absolutely loved it! I felt the book took a deep look at humanity while masking itself as a detective novel. Maybe I‘m reading too much into it. Can‘t wait to read the other two books in the trilogy!

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ImperfectCJ
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I brought two books with me on our jaunt to the desert, but I'm being tempted by the books in our rental. Not Infinite Jest, though.

vivastory The Lost City of Z & Last Policeman are both solid reads 3y
Addison_Reads I second The Lost City of Z. I recently read it and really enjoyed it. 3y
ImperfectCJ @Addison_Reads @vivastory The Last Policeman is on my TBR, but I'd never heard of The Lost City of Z, so I appreciate the rec! Between epic hikes and my family's insistence on interrupting me every 2-3 minutes when I sit down to read, I think I'll have to pick these up when we get home. *sigh* 3y
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vivastory
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With the impending end of the world, the fellow citizens of detective Hank Palace largely view him as a #poormisguidedfool as he continues to solve homicides. I loved Winters' trilogy & the determination of the main character to continue his work for civilization as it's collapsing around him made for an oddly uplifting end of the world story.
#RedRoseSeptember @arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen

Ruthiella Good one for the prompt. I also enjoyed this series.😀 3y
Cinfhen I really want to read this series/ Since I enjoyed 3y
arlenefinnigan I do like oddly uplifting. 3y
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Moray_Reads I really enjoyed the first one but have never got 'round to reading the rest 3y
AlaMich This was a great trilogy. I always try to recommend it to people but the response I often get is something along the lines of “Why would I want to read about the end of the world?” 3y
Melissa_J I bought the trilogy recently when the e-books were a daily deal. Haven‘t read them yet, and had heard next to nothing about them. I‘m very glad you like the trilogy. 3y
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The.Intentional.Reader
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WOW, this book is good. Crime/detective novel set in a pre-apocalyptic landscape that is on the verge of chaos. It‘s a trilogy, so I will be reading them all 😎

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readordierachel
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Part #copsong, part apocalypse tale. "What's the point in solving murders if we're all gonna die soon anyway?" A fascinating and alarming question. (Still tbr, but I've heard good things!)

#musicalnewyear
@Cinfhen @vivastory

vivastory I loved this trilogy. That reminds me to check the mail tomorrow for his latest one (it was my January botm) 4y
Cinfhen I picked this one up on #kindleDailyDeal a few weeks back and I really liked 4y
readordierachel @vivastory That sounds like a good one! 4y
readordierachel @Cinfhen Good to hear! I've been meaning to read that one. 4y
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FlowerFairy Beautiful! 😍 4y
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Moray_Reads
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With a huge asteroid guaranteed to hit the earth and cause mass extinction, everyone in Winters' novel knows they're #screwed. How this affects people and law and orders really gives the story an original edge #NoFemmBer @Cinfhen @billypar

Cinfhen I really like this author!!! I should probably read this series at some point 4y
Dragon I really enjoyed this trilogy! 😀🐉 4y
Billypar I like the idea of the asteroid hit and extinction being certain from the start. This way you're not hoping it's going to turn out okay during the whole thing only to be let down. 🌍🎆⌛ 4y
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AlaMich This was a great trilogy! It caused me to think about many interesting things I‘d never considered before. 4y
Moray_Reads @AlaMich I've only read the first one so far but really enjoyed it 4y
AlaMich @Billypar That‘s a good point. It would‘ve been easy for the author to make it suspenseful like that, but he chose to make the book about bigger issues than “will the asteroid really hit?” 4y
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JulAnna
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Chilly morning, need a blanket, but . . . . Porch reading! 😊 excited to start this recommendation from Book Riot‘s TBR service. 👍🏻📚

Zelma Looks like the perfect reading spot! 4y
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Moray_Reads
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At first glance a solid and enjoyable police procedural with a very significant difference. In six months a 6.5km asteroid will hit the earth with catastrophic consequences. Winters explores the ramifications this certain doom bearing down on Earth, hundreds of thousands of miles away and yet ever-present, on lives, relationships and laws and creates something a little bit special.

AlaMich I loved this trilogy!! 5y
callielafleur @AlaMich Me too! I feel like it's way underappreciated! 5y
AlaMich @callielafleur Definitely...These books really make you think about interesting issues, as well as being a great story. 5y
callielafleur @AlaMich Exactly. Plus they're a fantastic example of cross-genre storytelling done well. 5y
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Bookworm84
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Gripping murder mystery/end of the world mashup. I plan to search out the sequels.

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Hooked_on_books
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I just finished and enjoyed this trilogy, and all 3 ebooks are currently $1.99 each! If you‘re looking for a trilogy for #LRC or are simply interested in this series, now is a good time to snap them up.

Dragon Thanks 🙏 just downloaded the last to books. I‘ve been waiting for them to go on sale! Happy dance 💃. I loved the first book. 5y
Hooked_on_books @Dragon You‘re welcome! I love it when it works out that way. 5y
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garrettmerrill
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Hooked_on_books
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I found this book really interesting. If you take away the impending apocalypse, there really wouldn‘t be much to it other than a pretty standard murder mystery. But you really can‘t take away that coming asteroid, since it‘s really the point. It colors everyone‘s existence in the book and forces the reader to think thru a lot of questions. If you knew the world was going to end in 6 months, what would you do?

Dragon Great review. I enjoyed this book. 5y
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TieDyeDude
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Good question, Goodreads! I'm certainly not done with this world, but I have some other stories to attend to first.

vivastory I loved this series. I jumped straight into book three after finishing the second book. 5y
TieDyeDude @vivastory Glad to hear that 2 and 3 are also good 5y
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Zelma
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Mehso-so

I had really high hopes for this one since I have enjoyed this author in that past. However, when all is said and done, I just don‘t care for police procedurals. Even with the unique backdrop coloring every part of this novel, it still boiled down to a detective story. I think many people will enjoy this but it wasn‘t for me.

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Zelma
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Vacation was awesome but it‘s always wonderful to come home to our boys. Happy to be snuggled in with Toby reading. Skippy is in the background and Radar is too busy being pet to get in the photo.

@MinDea #Shippy

MinDea Awww. Look at that face! 😻😻 Skippy in the background giving the cold shoulder! 5y
Meredith3 😻😻 5y
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callielafleur
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discounted on the Nook store today, and I wanted to pass it along- I loved it, but I don't know if other people know about it. In this story, a meteor is headed to Earth, and there is nothing that can be done to avoid it. Damage is going to be catastrophic, potentially civilization-ending. Detective Hank Palace is a cop who finds himself investigating a murder, an action many see as unnecessary, given the circumstances. The first in a trilogy.

kendrastephaniekaryn I really liked this one too! 5y
shahn77 I loved this. I need to pick up the other two books in the trilogy! 5y
callielafleur @shahn77 I think they're also on sale, at least in the Nook store. Maybe you can get a deal! 5y
shahn77 Ooh. Great! I will check it out. 5y
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readsusieread
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My idea of a good time last night was doing a purge of my unread books. I've been reading more on my Kindle lately and one of my goals this year was to get my physical TBR down to 75 books. They'll all be donated to my local thrift store or public library!

Reasons they didn't make the cut:
• I've had them for years
• I have a copy on my Kindle
• I can get them at the library
• I'd rather have them in paperback or ebook

minkyb 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5y
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Carolyn11215

In between trying to solve a murder, the book explores the interesting question...what would you do with just 6 months until the end of the world? Quite thought provoking...

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MDodge
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About 11 hours in :) this was so much fun! I'm definitely going to have to find the sequels!

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MDodge
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About two thirds of the way through this and loving it! Confession time: my sister told me to read this like two years ago and I'm only just getting to it... sometimes I can't just read books people recommend to me right away, does that happen to anyone else? So happy to be enjoying it for #24in48 now :)

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MDodge
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And just before I start, here's my #shelfie for #24in48... can you tell I'm pulling from soon to be due library books 😂 not sure if I'll get to them all but we'll see.

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BookishMarginalia
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I loved this trilogy about a police officer awaiting the end of the world due to an asteroid strike! The first book is now on sale. https://www.amazon.com/Last-Policeman-Novel-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B0076Q1GW2/ref...

AlaMich I loved this trilogy, too! It was pretty thought-provoking and such an interesting concept. 5y
Lola Did you read his most recent? 5y
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wonga
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#gonebabygone I really liked this one and have the next two in the series on my wishlist

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Dragon
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#bittersweetsymphony #lyricalapril. In this book the world 🌎 is ending in six months via asteroid impact- that's the bitter. The sweet is Hank Palace has become a police detective and is investigating a possible murder - well Hank thinks it's murder everyone else thinks it's suicide .

Cinfhen I agree, knowing the world is ending in 6 months sounds like a bitter pill to swallow 😬 6y
Dragon Thanks @Cinfhen 😀🐉 6y
ReadingEnvy @Cinfhen that's what makes the detective still working on a case so remarkable! 6y
Dragon So true @ReadingEnvy it's part of a trilogy so someday I'll need to read the rest. 😀🌎 6y
ReadingEnvy @Dragon me too, I've only read the first! 6y
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Scott_BookInvasion
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kicking this one off this week. Captivating so far. I don't think I'd be as diligent as the main character given the circumstances. I want to feel like this takes place in the same time as the book 'We All Looked Up' with similar plot line but with high school kids.

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coffeenebula
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Me and my husband are too used to this hospital routine ☹️ Escaping with my book while he rests.

MaryAnn1 Well wishes to you both! 💕 6y
Lmstraubie 💗💕 6y
DebinHawaii Sending you positive, healing thoughts. 💜 6y
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bookwrm526 Well wishes and virtual hugs! 6y
TheBookAddict 💕 hope he feels better soon! 6y
JoeStalksBeck Feel better ❤️❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 6y
Megabooks Hugs!! 💖💖 6y
Laura317 Hoping he's feeling better soon! 💕💕to you both! 6y
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Alytrue
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Just finished this - so, so good. I fell in love with Henry Palace, looking forward to the next book!

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Well-ReadNeck
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#MountTBR

Yaaaaaassssss! Starting this one now. And, the second and third book are queued up on my kindle. That just may be my weekend, folks! 🙌🏻💪🏽

Reagan Loved this book, but haven't read the sequels yet. 6y
vivastory I bought this trilogy with holiday gift cards, haven't read it yet but really looking forward to it 6y
AlaMich This trilogy is soooo good!! 6y
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outis Loved this trilogy! 6y
Suzze I've had this on my list for a long time. I may have to go check it out. 6y
Zelma I am really looking forward to this one. It's waiting on my shelf for the right day to start it. 6y
Bette Loved these. ❤️👍 6y
Bookboss Loved this series. 6y
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MamaGina
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Starting tonight...have any of you read this???🤓

outis I loved this trilogy! Enjoy! 6y
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66655321
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I kind of hope this is actually how the book ends. This dude just finds out he is an Alien. My bet is on them all dying though.

Bette I really liked this so much. Need to finish the final one. 👍😊❤️ 6y
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AlaMich
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The fascinating premise of this trilogy is that the world is going to end in six months when a comet will smash into Earth. But the main character, a cop, continues to do his job even as society starts to crumble around him. Definitely a "what would you do" story. ??

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HittingOnGirls
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An enjoyable introduction to a compelling series. I am not one for detective novels but the end of the world theme is the part of the book that really stands out.

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Driftglass
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What do you do when you're a detective at the scene of a suicide and you suspect it might be a murder? What if there are no real clues? And an asteroid is going to wipe out the planet in 7 months? Is it worth your dwindling time?

After years of recommendations, I've finally read this. Glad I did. I should have gotten to it sooner. Or maybe it's the existential puzzle I needed right now.

Luckily it's a trilogy because I want more!
😊📚✨

KimmyM I just finished this series and it's so excellent! 6y
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Audrey
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Pickpick

This has been on my tbr for ages. Now I'm kicking myself for waiting so long. At least the trilogy is complete so I don't have to wait. I'm really looking forward to the next two.

BookishMarginalia They are all so good! 6y
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RobinGustafson
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This one has been on my TBR for awhile. Time to read!

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OhNoMersault
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Well hot damn, I suppose I'm going to have to further borrow from the kid's college funds to buy the next two in this trilogy.

MCYmermaid Worth it. (Sorry, kids) 6y
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KimmyM
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What a pageturner! I loved the premise and the writing, and the mystery was well done.

I can't wait to read the rest of this series!

BookishMarginalia I enjoyed this one too! 6y
Well-ReadNeck Squeee! I've got this one on my TBR shelves!!!! 6y
KimmyM @BookishMarginalia I've ordered the rest of the series and I can't wait to read them! 6y
KimmyM @Well-ReadNeck I loved it! I hope you do too! 6y
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The_Old_Astronomer
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Looks like I'm in for a morbid January. Hope you're all having a good day :)

OhNoMersault Humblebraggiest post of the day. 6y
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KimmyM
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I started reading this on the bus ride home tonight and it's so interesting!!

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The_Old_Astronomer
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Mr. Winters isn't the most eloquent writer in the world, but I'm really enjoying this book. As someone who's thought about mortality since as early as I can remember, this feels kind of light and fun to me. It's also funny how squeamish the author is about swear words. I could use some more adults who say "bull crap" and "holy moley" in my life.

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OhNoMersault
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The unbearable imminence of being!

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The_Old_Astronomer
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I think I'm finally done crying. We'll see tomorrow, I guess. Anyway, a little while back, I saw nearly everyone in my feed was reading this. I'm anxious to see what all the hype was about. If you've read The Last Policeman what did you think?

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Ksvz
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2017 #8 Pre Apocalyptic Mystery eBook I loved the writing and the characters and the premise and all the weirdness this encompasses. The flavor of this book is similar to Underground Airlines in that I love it but can't tell you why. It is a feast of words, real people-like characters, plausible realities, and just good story telling. +

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