Books by Ben H. Winters

GOLDEN STATE by Ben H. Winters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2019

"For those who like their dystopias with a dash of humor. No lie."
Tell a fib, a whopper, a confabulation in California, and, promises Winters (The Last Policeman, 2013, etc.), you'll wind up in a heap of trouble. Read full book review >
UNDERGROUND AIRLINES by Ben H. Winters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"Smart and well paced. The story could use a little fine-tuning, but it moves deftly from a terrific premise and builds to a satisfying conclusion."
Imagine: there was no Civil War, and the Confederacy has morphed into a low-tech Matrix. That's the territory that Winters (The Last Policeman, 2012, etc.) explores in this memorable tale. Read full book review >
WORLD OF TROUBLE by Ben H. Winters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2014

"This final installment in Winters' trilogy (Countdown City, 2013, etc.) is the weakest, marked by a falling off of both the writing and the story that made the first entry worthwhile. Perhaps the world lasted 14 days too long."
The end of the world won't stop the last policeman from solving one more case. Read full book review >
LITERALLY DISTURBED by Ben H. Winters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2013

"That said, the quality of the poetry is quite worthy of sharing around a campfire or at a slumber party; in the classroom, use it to demonstrate the wide range of forms creative verse can take. (Poetry. 7-12)"
Novelist Winters (The Mystery of the Missing Everything, 2011) applies his pen to create 30 rhyming, slightly shivery poems. Read full book review >
COUNTDOWN CITY by Ben H. Winters
Released: July 16, 2013

"Some of the melancholy charm of the first in this series (The Last Policeman, 2012) is dissipated, for Hank solves a less inventive mystery set against, rather than fully integrated into, a hopeless backdrop."
As the world's inevitable demise draws near, a former cop refuses to shirk what he takes to be his moral responsibilities.

Impelled by an inner sense of duty, former Concord police detective Hank Palace starts on a mission to find missing Brett Cavatone when his wife, Hank's former baby sitter, begs him to take the case. As Hank measures the remaining 77 days before asteroid Maia hits, in servings of dog food for his bichon frisé Houdini, he's a man on a mission that, even if successful, may be altogether meaningless. But he has no purpose greater than going through the professional and ethical motions. His stoicism stands in stark contrast with the activism of his sister Nico, who, with her revolutionary friends, is convinced there's a government conspiracy to be found out. Hank must blend in with Nico's world if he's to have any hope of learning what happened to Brett, who's a bit more unpredictable than his wife has led Hank to believe. Even if rumors of a government conspiracy aren't true, civilization is abuzz with secret factions and alliances Hank must understand in order to find out the truth before the clock runs down. Read full book review >
THE LAST POLICEMAN by Ben H. Winters
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 10, 2012

"A promising kickoff to a planned trilogy. For Winters (Bedbugs, 2011, etc.), the beauty is in the details rather than the plot's grim main thrust."
In a pre-apocalyptic world, one detective still keeps watch—but to what end? Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING EVERYTHING by Ben H. Winters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"Fans will cheer more mystery and mayhem at Mary Todd Lincoln Middle School. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Now an eighth grader, aspiring detective Bethesda Fielding reprises her semi-successful sleuthing in The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman (2010) to tackle Mary Todd Lincoln Middle School's latest mystery. Read full book review >
THE SECRET LIFE OF MS. FINKLEMAN by Ben H. Winters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

A seventh-grade history project to "find a mystery, and solve it" transforms a creative preteen and her classmates when she unlocks the secret life of their Music Fundamentals teacher, Ms. Finkleman, who's "so totally unremarkable as to be essentially invisible." Bethesda Fielding's ace research reveals the obscure Ms. Finkleman as Little Miss Mystery, former lead singer of an all-girl punk-rock band in the 1990s, prompting the school principal to demand Ms. Finkleman orchestrate a rock concert for the county choral competition. Ms. Finkleman co-opts Tenny Boyer, a student obsessed with rock music, to covertly create and direct the performance and Bethesda to tutor him in history. Enthusiasm for the concert swells, but things disintegrate when Tenny fails at history and Bethesda makes a bad choice as she tries to help him. Liberally laced with humor and featuring an upbeat heroine, unexpected friendship and rock-music trivia, this witty middle-school drama offers a lighthearted lesson in the importance of getting the facts straight. Readers will rock with laughter. (Fiction. 8-12)Read full book review >