THE LAST POLICEMAN by Ben H. Winters
What's the point in solving a murder if you're going to die soon anyway? That's the (paraphrased) tagline of this exceptional book and the question being asked of Detective Hank Palace, a recently promoted detective working in a world that's learned it's already doomed. An asteroid is set to collide with Earth in just 6 months, and in the face of the looming disaster many people are choosing to take their own life rather than wait for the end. But Hank has suspicions about the recent suicide he's just been called out to, suspicions that it's not in fact a suicide, but a homicide and for reasons he can't completely explain, he needs to get to the bottom of it.
What a fantastic book. First of all, you just can't beat that premise. An end of the world murder mystery? How on Earth could you a put a book like that down? It helps that it's well written and it's main character is someone you immediately identify with and root for. Then you take into account its masterful plot that leaves you guessing right until the last page, whose tension just keeps building and building until you're staying up half the night to finish it, and you've got yourself a real winner.
I can't decide what I liked most about this book. There's the unique concept, the masterful plot, the brilliant writing. Of course, there's the relatable and thoroughly likeable main character, and the unrelenting build of suspense that makes it impossible to put down. It's just an overall great book. If you're looking for an amazing read, you've found it.