Underground Airlines (Mulholland Books, 2016)

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In a terrifying alternate version of America, where slavery has never been outlawed, a gifted young black man calling himself Victor has struck a bargain with federal law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the US Marshall Service.

“An extraordinary work of alternate history . . . indisputably a winner”―Maureen Corrigan, NPR

“A swift, smart, angry new novel . . . Its vibrant imagination never slackens. . . . As a feat of world-building, Underground Airlines is astonishing, immediately taking its place in the genre’s very first rank.”―Charles Finch, USA Today
“[Winters] paints a convincing picture of what fugitive life would look like in our own era… he wants to get us to see the past in the present-the innumerable ways that we still live in a world made by slavery.”―Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker


World of Trouble: Ttroublehe Last Policeman Book III (Quirk, 2014)

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With the doomsday asteroid looming, Detective Hank Palace has found sanctuary in the woods of New England, secure in a well-stocked safe house with other onetime members of the Concord police force.

But with time ticking away before the asteroid makes landfall, Hank’s safety is only relative, and his only relative—his sister Nico—isn’t safe.

Soon, it’s clear that there’s more than one earth-shattering revelation on the horizon, and it’s up to Hank to solve the puzzle before time runs out . . . for everyone.



Countdown City: The Last Policeman Book II (Quirk, 2013)
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Detective Hank Palace returns in Countdown City, the second volume of the Last Policeman trilogy. There are just 77 days before a deadly asteroid collides with Earth, and Detective Palace is out of a job. With the Concord police force operating under the auspices of the U.S. Justice Department, Hank’s days of solving crimes are over… until a woman from his past begs for help finding her missing husband.

Brett Cavatone disappeared without a trace—an easy feat in a world with no phones, no cars, and no way to tell whether someone’s gone “bucket list” or just gone. With society falling to shambles, Hank pieces together what few clues he can, on a search that leads him from a college-campus-turned-anarchist-encampment to a crumbling coastal landscape where anti-immigrant militia fend off “impact zone” refugees.

Countdown City presents another fascinating mystery set on brink of an apocalypse–and once again, Hank Palace confronts questions way beyond “whodunit.” What do we as human beings owe to one another? And what does it mean to be civilized when civilization is collapsing all around you?

The Last Policeman (Quirk Books, 2012)
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What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die? Detective Hank Palace has asked this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. Several kilometers wide, it’s on a collision course with planet Earth, with just six precious months until impact.

Industry is grinding to a halt. Most people have abandoned their jobs. But not Hank Palace. As our story opens, he’s investigating the latest suicide in a city that’s full of suicides—only this one feels wrong. This one feels like homicide. And Palace is the only one who cares. What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die?





Bedbugs (Quirk Books, 2011)
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Alex and Susan Wendt are the perfect couple in search of the perfect brownstone-and they find their dream house in the heart of Brooklyn Heights. The rent is so low, it’s too good to pass up!

Big mistake: Susan soon discovers that the brownstone is crawling with bedbugs . . . Or is it? She awakens every morning with fresh bites, but neither Alex nor their daughter Emma has a single welt. Exterminators search the property and turn up nothing. Neighbors insist the building is clean. Susan fears that she’s going mad-but as the mysteries deepen, a more sinister explanation presents itself: She may literally be confronting the bedbug problem from hell.




Android Karenina (Quirk Books, 2010)
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An enhanced edition of the classic love story set in a dystopian world of robots, cyborgs, and interstellar space travel. As in the original novel, our story follows two relationships: The tragic adulterous love affair of Anna Karenina and Count Alexei Vronsky, and the more hopeful marriage of Konstantin Levin and Kitty Shcherbatskaya. These characters live in a steampunk-inspired world of robotic butlers, clumsy automatons, and rudimentary mechanical devices. But when these copper-plated machines begin to revolt against their human masters, our characters must fight back using state-of-the-art 19th-century technology—and a sleek new model of ultra-human cyborgs like nothing the world has ever seen.




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Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters (Quirk Books, 2009)
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Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters expands the original text of the beloved Jane Austen novel with all-new scenes of giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, and two-headed sea serpents.

As our story opens, the Dashwood sisters are evicted from their childhood home and sent to live on a mysterious island full of savage creatures and dark secrets. While sensible Elinor falls in love with Edward Ferrars, her romantic sister Marianne is courted by both the handsome Willoughby and the hideous man-monster Colonel Brandon. Can the Dashwood sisters triumph over meddlesome matriarchs and unscrupulous rogues to find true love?




Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (Theatrical Rights Worldwide)

based on the songs of Neil Sedaka; libretto by Erik Jackson and Ben H. Winters  / Originally produced at the Capital Repertory Theater in Albany, New York, sunmer 2005. 

Set at a Catskills resort in 1960, this is the sweetly comic story of Lois and Marge, two friends from Brooklyn in search of good times and romance over one wild Labor Day weekend. The score showcases 18 Neil Sedaka classics, including “Where the Boys Are”, “Sweet Sixteen”, “Calendar Girl”, “Love Will Keep Us Together”, and of course, the chart-topping title song.


book & lyrics by Ben H. Winters; music and additional lyrics by Stephen Sislen / Produced Off Broadway at the American Theater of Actors, autumn 2005

Slut is the story of the handsome, charismatic Adam; his best friend, the shy and brainy Doctor Dan; and Delia, the sexy rock star who comes between them. With a contemporary, rock-inflected score and fast-paced libretto inhabited by dozens of hysterical characters (all portrayed by a five-member ensemble), Slut combines the wit and irreverence of South Park with the heart of a classic American musical. A charming love triangle and a gleefully silly musical adventure, Slut is filled to the brim with one-night stands, raspberry margaritas…and maybe just a little growing up.



  1. Thank you for the Last Policeman Series. I have World of Trouble on order. There’s a lot to think about in the situation you’ve created and the hero’s response to it.

  2. Thank you for the Last Policeman series. I have World of Trouble on order. You’ve given your readers a lot to think about, what is the moral response to impending catastrophe. I’m really curious how it plays out in World of Trouble.

  3. I bought The Last Policeman and Countdown City in the iBooks store. When will World of Trouble appear there?

  4. I’ve been meaning to grump at some part of the universe about this, and you’re the lucky target.

    Why oh why oh why has the cover art for The Last Policeman been changed? I’m now stuck with an original paperback of TLP, and no option to get a matching set for the trilogy other than buying TLP again (no, I’m not doing that (I’m not that crazy (must have matching set (ARGH)))).

    It’s not like the original art was rubbish. It’s very nice.

    But no, that’s not all. Because the new versions of TLP and CC match… but WoT doesn’t. Why? Why? WHY?

  5. The Last Policeman trilogy will keep you enthralled until the very end (which may not be far away if your Henry Palace)
    Ben Winters does a fantastic job of combining a detective story, mystery and impending doom…

  6. I just finished Underground Airlines. Heard an interview on NPR and was intrigued. Suffice to say I read it in three settings. Rushed through my obligations while
    Kindle recharged and was lost again in Victor/Brother/?’s world. Am ordering more of your books come payday!

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