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The conclusion of Winters's trilogy (The Last Policeman; Countdown City) about a policeman struggling to do his job as the world is about to end still finds Hank Palace tilting at windmills. As the meteor that will destroy Earth hurtles ever closer, his final case is to find his sister Nico. He and Cortez (a thief he met in the last book) follow a clue that leads them to a deserted police station in Ohio, where Nico and her group were gathering in a final effort to stop the meteor. The station looks deserted but presents Hank with one last tragic puzzle to solve. VERDICT It is impossible not to love Hank and his need to try to do the right thing all the time. The bleak premise of this series could be too much, but, instead, it gives a certain clarity to the action of people who become their most real selves when the end of the world arrives. And Hank could have been quite a policeman.