author photo by Mallory Talty

Ben H. Winters is the author of eight novels, including most recently World of Trouble (Quirk), the concluding book in the Last Policeman trilogy. World of Trouble was nominated for the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. Countdown City was an NPR Best Book of 2013 and the winner of the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished Science Fiction. The Last Policeman was the recipient of the 2012 Edgar Award, and it was also named one of the Best Books of 2012 by Amazon.com and Slate.

Ben’s other books Literally Disturbed (Price Stern Sloan), a book of scary poems for kids; the New York Times bestselling parody novel Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (Quirk) and a novel for young readers, The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman (HarperCollins), which was a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of 2011 as well as an Edgar Nominee in the juvenile category. In the spring or summer of 2016 he will publish a new novel, Underground Airlines (Mulholland).

Ben has also written extensively for the theater, and was a 2009-2010 Fellow of the Dramatists Guild; his plays for young audiences include The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere A (Tooth) Fairy Tale and Uncle Pirate, and his plays for not-young audiences include the 2008 Off-Broadway musical Slut and the “jukebox musical” Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, which is produced frequently across the country and around the world.  Ben’s journalism has appeared in The Chicago Reader, The Nation, In These Times, USA Today, the Huffington Post, and lots of other places.

Ben grew up in suburban Maryland, went to college at Washington University in St. Louis, and has subsequently lived in six different cities—seven if you count Brooklyn twice for two different times. Presently he lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with his wife Diana, a law professor, and their three children.

26 Comments on "ABOUT"

  1. Dear Mr. Winters,

    We would be interested in licensing you novel The Last Policeman for France. Do you work with an agency, and if so, could you pass us the mail?

    Best regards,

    Mathieu Saintout
    Publishing Manager – Panini Group

  2. Paul Fitzpatrick says:

    when can we expect the final ‘last policeman book?’ (Happy New Year)

  3. Jen Clay says:

    Have you ever lived in Concord, NH, the setting for The Last Policeman trilogy? What was it about the area that inspired you to make it the setting?

    • Ben says:

      Paul — book 3 is calledWorld of Trouble, and it comes out July 15.
      Jen — I have never lived in Concord, but I have family there. And I love it there.

      • Sherry Burbank says:

        It feels like you have lived in Concord. I’m on page 76 of reading TLP and on year 43 of living in Concord.

        • Ben says:

          Thanks a lot. I have never lived there but visited frequently. I’m a fan.

          • Anna says:

            I really liked The Last Policeman but there were some geographical inaccuracies. If you’re driving 93N from Boston, you’ll pass Lawrence, but not Lowell. Lowell is west of 93. Also, driving west to Concord from the NH coast you’d never be on 90. I realize it’s fiction but it seemed like you wanted to make it realistic to the area.

  4. simon gray from Australia says:

    I’d like to buy straight from you, if you were able to cheaply, securely set it up…

  5. simon gray from Australia says:

    Hmmm, I have been trying to get to the bottom of this with Amazon, but it seems that your books are about 10% more expensive when they are sold in Australia. Oh, and for your Last Policemen trilogy, perhaps you could have a package deal? If Amazon can explain to me why there is a price discrepancy I will post it here – Simon

  6. Kate says:

    Hi! I’m doing an author study for school and I’ve chosen to do it on you. I am having trouble finding some of the information required for my project and I was wondering if you could help. One thing that seems to not exist on the internet is your birth date.

  7. Ben says:

    Kate, thanks for your interest. I was born on June 14, 1976. Good luck with the author study!

  8. Ann Bakita says:

    Is the policeman series appropriate for an 8 yr old boy? He’s a huge PKD fan.

    • Ben says:

      8 is probably too young for these books — there is a good deal of death and grief in them, and a small amount of sex, etc.

  9. Kim Guenther says:

    Ben Winters

    I enjoyed immensely The Last Policeman and look forward to reading the next two in the series. Dramatic, creative, funny, and very well-written. Thanks! I have a picky comment: You write in The Last Policeman that your asteroid will hit with the strength of 1000 Hiroshima bombs. Actually, the similarly sized asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs is estimated to have hit with an impact 200 million times greater than a 50 megaton bomb (the strongest ever donated, by the Soviet Union in 1961). The Hiroshima had a yield of only 10% of one megaton. So a thousand Hiroshima explosion (100 megatons) would not threaten the existence of humanity, although anyone near the site would be killed. Also, among the deadly effects of the dinosaur-killing asteroid is the super-heating of Earth’s atmosphere.

    • Drew says:

      Exactly! I was wondering if it was an error in editing…
      I have to force that sentence from my mind as I continue the story…

  10. Karin Baer says:

    wistful optimist question: is it really the end of the series? spoiler alert: stop now don’t read any more… can there be a Hollywood happy ending in vol 4?

  11. Gina Maria says:

    I also would like to see a 4th book. What a riveting story, one I much enjoyed. I would like to see another story of the aftermath and survivors, including of course Officer Palace and little Houdini.

  12. Howard Brenner says:


  13. kelli bruns says:

    Ben, my book club in Concord NH is reading The Last Policeman this month. Would you be interested in skyping with us????

  14. gary says:

    My 10 yr old daughter was asking if you’ll be writing any more books for middle schoolers

    • Ben says:

      First of all tell your daughter that she’s cool. Secondly, the answer is almost definitely yes, but I don’t know when, and there’s the distinct possibility she’ll be out of middle school by the time it happens.

  15. Eckhart says:

    Great Trilogy – I read through all three in one pull after Adam Sternbergh (Spademan Series) recommended your series. Super intense description of how society reacts to a high probability catastrophic event – something missing from the dystopian medium which usually focuses on unexpected catastrophes or the Aftermath. I really liked all the details about the infrastructure slowly coming undone, primarily because people prioritize their remaining time on leisure, etc. vs. fulfilling their obligations to employers, family, society, etc.

    Thanks again!

  16. I’d personally love to see actor Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, A Walk Among the Tombstones, The Guest) play the role of Henry Palace!
    Thank you for such compelling, suspenseful reading!
    ~Tina S.

  17. Emily says:

    Read your first book and liked it, but are you aware that the word “squaw,” which you used casually in the narrative (not, say, in the dialogue of a dislikable character), is considered a slur? Here’s one discussion, but you could find *hundreds* more in a simple Google search: http://www.native-languages.org/iaq5.htm I liked the book, but I feel sheepish about posting a positive review of it on Goodreads because what if one of my NA friends reads it and thinks I was endorsing the whole thing? Awkward and gross.

  18. Happy Benson says:

    Thanks for The Last Policeman Trilogy. I can’t tell you why they moved me so, but they did, Happy

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