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Publication Order of The Last Policeman Books

The Last Policeman (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Countdown City (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
World of Trouble (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Literally Disturbed Books

Tales to Keep You Up at Night (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Tales to Keep You Up at Night (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Romantically Disturbed (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Android Karenina (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bedbugs (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Missing Everything (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Underground Airlines (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Golden State (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Quiet Boy (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Plays

AFairy Tale (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Uncle Pirate (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Q&A (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Test Drive (2017)

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Jewish Comedy Thesaurus (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Akashic Noir Books

San Francisco Noir (By:) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seattle Noir (By:Curt Colbert) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bronx Noir (By:S J Rozan) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Brooklyn Noir (By:) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
D.C. Noir (By:George Pelecanos) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chicago Noir (By:Neal Pollack) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Baltimore Noir (By:Laura Lippman) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Orleans Noir (By:Laura Lippman,,Julie Smith,Ace Atkins,Barbara Hambly,,David Fulmer,Jervey Tervalon,,,,James Nolan) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Los Angeles Noir (By:Christopher Rice) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wall Street Noir (By:Peter Spiegelman) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Havana Noir (By:) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Detroit Noir (By:P.J. Parrish) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
D.C. Noir 2 (By:George Pelecanos) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Queens Noir (By:Jill Eisenstadt) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Las Vegas Noir (By:) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trinidad Noir (By:) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Istanbul Noir (By:Tarkan Barlas) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Paris Noir (By:Aurélien Masson) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
San Francisco Noir 2 (By:) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Portland Noir (By:) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Delhi Noir (By:) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Phoenix Noir (By:Diana Gabaldon) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Los Angeles Noir 2 (By:Joseph Hansen,Raymond Chandler,James Ellroy,Ross Macdonald,Margaret Millar,James M. Cain,Walter Mosley,William Gault,Leigh Brackett,Naomi Hirahara,Chester Himes,Jervey Tervalon,,Denise Hamilton) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mexico City Noir (By:Paco Ignacio Taibo II) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Richmond Noir (By:Tom De Haven,Clay McLeod Chapman) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Orange County Noir (By:T. Jefferson Parker,Dick Lochte,Gary Phillips,Robert S. Levinson,,,,Gordon McAlpine,Nathan Walpow) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Indian Country Noir (By:Sarah Cortez) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moscow Noir (By:Irina Denezhkina) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Philadelphia Noir (By:) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lone Star Noir (By:Joe R. Lansdale) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Haiti Noir (By:Edwidge Danticat) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Copenhagen Noir (By:Gunnar Staalesen) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pittsburgh Noir (By:) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Barcelona Noir (By:) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cape Cod Noir (By:Dana Cameron) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kingston Noir (By:Patricia Powell,,,,,Marlon James) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Venice Noir (By:Michael Gregorio) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
St. Petersburg Noir (By:Pavel Krusanov) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kansas City Noir (By:) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Boston Noir 2 (By:) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Staten Island Noir (By:Bill Loehfelm) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New York City Noir: The Five Borough Set (By:S J Rozan) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
USA Noir (By:Megan Abbott) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Haiti Noir 2 (By:Edwidge Danticat) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Helsinki Noir (By:James Thompson) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prison Noir (By:Joyce Carol Oates) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tel Aviv Noir (By:) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Providence Noir (By:Amity Gaige,Ann Hood,Elizabeth Strout,Bruce DeSilva,Luanne Rice,,Marie Myung-Ok Lee,John Searles) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chicago Noir: The Classics (By:Joe Meno) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zagreb Noir (By:Nada Gašić) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Buffalo Noir (By:) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Marseille Noir (By:Salim Hatubou) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beirut Noir (By:Abbas Beydoun) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stockholm Noir (By:Nathan Larson) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rio Noir (By:) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Brussels Noir (By:) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mississippi Noir (By:Tom Franklin,Megan Abbott,Ace Atkins,Michael Farris Smith,,,,John M. Floyd,,,William Boyle,,,Michael Kardos,,,Chris Offutt) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
St. Louis Noir (By:Scott Phillips) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prague Noir (By:) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
San Juan Noir (By:) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Oakland Noir (By:) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Atlanta Noir (By:Tananarive Due,,Jennifer Harlow) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Montana Noir (By:James Grady) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Buenos Aires Noir (By:Ernesto Mallo) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
São Paulo Noir (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vancouver Noir (By:Sam Wiebe) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hong Kong Noir (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Amsterdam Noir (By:Josh Pachter) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Houston Noir (By:) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Milwaukee Noir (By:Reed Farrel Coleman) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nairobi Noir (By:) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alabama Noir (By:Carolyn Haines,Tom Franklin,Ace Atkins,Winston Groom,,,Michelle Richmond) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tampa Bay Noir (By:Ace Atkins) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Addis Ababa Noir (By:Maaza Mengiste) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Belgrade Noir (By:) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Miami Noir (By:James Carlos Blake,Elmore Leonard,,Edna Buchanan,,,,Zora Neale Hurston,,Charles Willeford,T.J. MacGregor,Brett Halliday,Lester Dent,Christine Kling,,Carolina Garcia-Aguilera) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Accra Noir (By:) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Speculative Los Angeles (With: Duane Swierczynski,Stephen Blackmoore,,,Charles Yu,,,Denise Hamilton,,S. Qiouyi Lu) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Paris Noir: The Suburbs (By:) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Apocalypse Triptych Anthology Books

The End is Nigh (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The End is Now (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The End Has Come (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This is an anthology series written with many authors.

Publication Order of Anthologies

Dead Man's Hand(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Manhattan Mayhem(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Highway Kind(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inside Jobs: Tales from a Time of Quarantine(2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

A journalist, author, playwright, and teacher, Ben H. Winters is the mind behind great books such as “Sense and Sensibility, and Sea Monsters” and “The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman.”

Ben H. Winters’ books mainly focus on fiction, but he is also a well-known poet credited with writing poems such as “Literally Disturbed: Tales to Keep You Awake at Night” and “Romantically Disturbed: Love Poems to Rip Your Heart Out.” He also has a long history as a playwright that dates back to his time in school. Some of the plays that he has taken part in include “Slut” (performed in 2005) and “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” (performed in 2006).

However, in spite of his long history in the industry, it is his New York Times’ best-seller titled “Sense, Sensibility, and Sea Monsters” that brought him into the limelight in 2009. Since then he has continued to write other novels such as “The Mystery of the Missing Everything” and “The Last Policeman” among others. Here is a look at two of his best novels.

Sense, Sensibility, and Sea Monsters – A Brief Review

“Sense, Sensibility, and Sea Monsters” is a parody novel written by Ben H. Winters and co-authored by Jane Austen. As the best-selling novel of the New York Times in 2009, the novel combines elements of Jane Austen’s 1811 novel titled “Sense and Sensibility” as well as “Sea Monster” stories.

The novel is about a work of fiction about an event known as “The Alteration” which triggers conflict between mankind and sea monsters that include sea serpents, giant man-eating jellyfish, and giant lobsters, just to mention a few. The main character in the novel is Henry Dashwood, a wealthy resident of Norland Park who sets out on a journey to discover the source of “The Alteration”. Unfortunately for the brave explorer, his journey and life are cut short when he is attacked by a hammerhead shark, giving way to another main character played by his son, John.

Upon his death, Henry Dashwood leaves his entire fortune to John, the son he conceived with his first wife. John is charged to take care of his step mother and three step-sisters: Margaret, Marianne, and Elinor. Unfortunately, John is influenced negatively by his greedy wife, and he ends up moving into his father’s estate, which forces his step mother and step-sisters to move out and live with their relative, Sir John Middleton. This, in turn, gives way to an intriguing drama about love and deceit as the three sisters and their mother endeavor to find a stable home and ideal companions.

A true work of fiction, this novel features bizarre creatures such as the half-man-half-squid Colonel Brandon as well as undersea cities. Fortunately, in spite of all the hardships that the three girls and their mother face, the ending is a happy one as they all find loving suitors and a stable place to call home.

The Last Policeman – A Brief Review

The Last Policeman is another of Ben H. Winters novels that won an award—the Edgar Award—in 2012 and rightly so considering all the work that went into creating it. In spite of being a work of fiction, Winters details how he endeavored to make the novel as seemingly real as possible by consulting with experts in fields such as police techniques, astronomy, economics, and psychology. The result was a four-part series that received its fair share of criticism but, nevertheless, wowed its audience.
The novel brings several occurrences together to form an intriguing story of earth’s destruction, murder, and fraud, just to mention a few aspects. On one hand, the main character of the story, Det. Hank Palace, sets out to investigate the death of Peter Zell, which is initially considered suicide. However, as he later finds out, Peter Zell’s death was, in fact, a homicide concealed to look like a suicide so as not to expose fraud in the insurance firm for which Zell worked.

On the other hand, there is a discovery of a new asteroid named 2011GV which threatens to collide with the earth. The likelihood of the 6.5 kilometers wide asteroid hitting the earth cause panic and wide-spread economic, social, and political collapse as everyone anticipates the worst. In response to the instability, governments around the world set up strict emergency laws that include restriction of sale and purchase of firearms, legalization of marijuana, wage and price controls, and tough penalties for possession of drugs other than marijuana.

There is a temporary relief for four years as the asteroid disappears from the radar, but that does not serve to end the wide-spread panic and anticipation around the world. Eventually, the asteroid reappears and, this time, researchers at NASA are certain that it will hit the earth. Considering the size of the asteroid, it is projected that the impact would be powerful enough to obliterate civilization and kill off a major percentage of the human population. Resigned to their fate, the people abandon all social and professional responsibilities, and many decide to spend their last days doing the things they always wanted to do most.

The novel “The Last Policeman” proved so intriguing upon its release that it was considered suitable for adoption as a TV series. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the producer of the movie series “Transformers”, made known his desire to adopt the book into a TV series. However, Winters was skeptical about the proposition since, according to him, TV series would have limited time frames for episodes to play out as intended and portrayed in the novel. It is still not yet clear whether the novel will make it into the big screens, but there is speculation that the novel is just the first in a trilogy since the plotline remains unsolved at the end of the story.


Ben H. Winters is indeed one of the best authors in his niche as evidenced by the highly esteemed awards that some of his novels have bagged. He is eloquent, imaginative, and creative considering the stories that he conjures. He is also realistic to some point as his novels take into account actualities in history, economy, politics, society, and psychology. It is abundantly clear that he is not done yet, and the writing world will be eagerly waiting for more of his poems, plays, and sci-fi novels.

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