It has been 14 months since the end of the world was predicted, 7 months since it was confirmed, and now 77 days remain before a planet killing asteroid will hit earth. Detective Hank Palace may be out of work but he is still on the job. In the first book in this trilogy, he cracked a suicide case and now it is a missing person. With society sliding and services in shreds this no easy task. Winters has created such an intriguing backdrop that the pre-apocalypse setting steals attention away from the mystery.
This second in the series is more of a build or tease for the finale. Running throughout is a conspiracy theory that is actually unappealing, it is Palace's dedication and people's reaction to their fate that holds my attention. Consider this passage, “Respectfully, sir, the asteroid did not make you leave her. The asteroid is not making anyone do anything. It's just a big piece of rock floating through space. Anything anyone does remains their own decision.” Sign me up for the last instalment and the end of the world.