April 29, 2015
Last fall we talked to Ben Winters, author of the “Last Policeman” trilogy of mysteries set in a near future in which the end of civilization is near, courtesy of an asteroid set to collide with earth. In the midst of the chaos the ensues, the hero of the trilogy, Henry Palace, a newly promoted detective, somehow continues to do his job, solving cases even as the world falls apart around him. Henry is a quietly determined, profoundly decent young man, the sort of person you would want around as the apocalypse approaches. Last summer Julia read through the entire trilogy at speed and, having enjoyed the books, interviewed the author via Skype. Below is that interview, split into two parts. Winters is up for an Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original tonight, for the last novel in the trilogy, World of Trouble; we wish him the best of luck.