Detective Hank Palace is stoic, admirably so. Given the world is to end in six months, his dedication to his job signals significant character. Hank is a newly minted detective but his radar is sound especially when he is called to the scene of a suicide. Given the impending apocalypse, suicides are extremely common but this one sets Hank on a quest for justice in a world giving up everything that has made it "civil". The premise that author Winters has devised is fascinating. This pre-apocalyptic world is such an amazing backdrop that it was difficult to concentrate on the case Hank chases.
It was clever to see how the author dealt with aspects of society. Leading brands like McDonald's, 7-Eleven, and Dunkin' have gone bankrupt due to market panic. Religion remains confused and ironies in governing abound. People either maintain their routines or have given into certain temptations or have pursued their own "bucket lists" before time runs out. Through it all Detective Palace pursues the truth with a humanity that communicates a sense of hope that is difficult to believe given the world's death sentence. Apparently there is a reprieve of sorts as Winters has plans to make this a trilogy...I will certainly be returning to see how Palace is getting on.