In New York Magazine, October 30, 2019, I was one of 10 authors asked about issues of cultural appropriation and authenticity, in a piece asking Who Gives You the Right To Tell That Story? I answered as honestly as I could.
For the New York Times Book Review, March 14, 2019, I wrote a piece about the ways that speculative fiction authors write about law and the mechanisms of law enforcement.
On NPR’s Weekend Edition, Feb 10, 2019: “For me, this book was about…Let’s say there really is a way where we could build a world where everybody knows the truth. What are the problems with that? Where does that take us?”
The Deified Totality of the True: On Ben H. Winters’s Golden State — Los Angeles Review of Books
“At a time in the real world when everybody seems to own their version of the truth and phrases like “alternative facts” are used to cover falsehoods, Golden State is, no lie, a fascinating examination that takes fidelity and correctness down a freaky Orwellian path.”―USA Today
“Winters has a knack for creating appealing detective fictions that skew reality in thought-provoking ways, producing a hybrid of the familiar and the uncanny. . . . As you read, you feel your perception of the world slipping and warping. Winters brilliantly imagines the quotidian manifestations of a truth-obsessed culture.”―Washington Post
“Once again, Ben H. Winters creates a world cleverly skewed a few crucial degrees from our own. . . . Winters is well aware of the tropes of dystopian noir, and it is fun to watch him mix and match them to good effect. . . . The detective plot works well, but it is in its questioning of the nature of truth and falsehood that the novel excels. . . . Smart, intricate and propulsive, Golden State is proof that Winters deserves our continued attention as one of crime fiction’s most inventive practitioners.”―San Francisco Chronicle
“Mr. Winters has won major awards in both the mystery and speculative-fiction genres. The brain-teasing Golden State exists in a space where those two forms coexist. As a consequence, a sympathetic reader’s imaginings may persist long after the book’s puzzles have been solved.”―Wall Street Journal
“Nothing speaks to the power of a weapon like it inspiring a work of speculative fiction, and Ben H. Winter’s Golden State is the dystopian take on the new tool of war du jour: lies.”―Paste Magazine, ‘One of the Best Books of January’
―The Guardian [UK]
Publisher’s Weekly, Best Summer Books 2016: Underground Airlines, “Ben H. Winters’s spectacular speculative thriller” among nine best mystery/thriller titles of the summer.
Kirkus Reviews April 12, 2016: Underground Airlines “Smart and well paced…moves deftly from a terrific premise and builds to a satisfying conclusion.”
Library Journal, April 4, 2016: Slave Narratives: Six Novels Explore a Painful Legacy: Ben H. Winters’s Underground Airlines “Explosive, well plotted, and impossible to put down, this alt-hist by the Edgar Award–winning author of the “Last Policeman” trilogy will attract readers of all genres.”
The Indianapolis Star, July 27 2014: Bookstores Adapt to Internet Era. “I drove across northern lower Michigan 10 days ago to catch a reading by Indianapolis author Ben H. Winters, whose terrific Last Policeman trilogy reached fulfillment mid-month.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 23 2014: “That Winters can paint for us a world that is so bared-boned, raw and honest is why this is one of the best books of the year so far.”
Maclean’s (Canada), July 20 2014: “The trilogy is a sweet and powerful story of relationships.”
Tor.com, July 9 2014: “World Of Trouble is a page turner, a book that is riveting and humane, suspenseful rather than frenetic, and moving rather than depressing; and the key to it all is our guide trough this crumbling world. Palace is brilliant creation, the perfect hero for our eschatological age.”
The Indianapolis Star, July 8 2014: Time is Nigh for Ben Winters and his “Last Policeman”
The Indianapolis Business Journal, July 5 2014: “…an ending that I wanted to both race toward and hold off as long as possible.”
Mystery Scene, July 2014: The End is Near; Ben H. Winters is OK With That
The Seattle Stranger, July 2 2014: “Over the course of the three books, Winters deconstructs the mystery genre and reveals it as an investigation of mortality. Why did this particular person die? Why am I going to die? Why is everyone going to die? What, in the end, does anything matter?”
Library Journal, June 15 2014: “It is impossible not to love Hank and his need to try to do the right thing all the time.”
Kirkus.com, June 10, 2014: ” As fascinating as Winters’ imagined societal breakdown can be, it’s his attention to human connections—heartfelt, heroic and lethal—that really make this trilogy worth reading.”
Science Book a Day interview, June 9 2014: “[T]he asteroid entered the universe of the book to serve that conceit; to plausibly create the world I wanted for the setting of my story.”
Booklist, June 1 2014: “A fine conclusion to a unique and compelling trilogy.”
Locus.com, April 21, 2014: Winters wins Philip K. Dick Award.
NPR’s Morning Edition, August 22, 2013: ” ‘There’s something about [Palace] … his rigorous, unironic belief in law and order, and his rigorous, unironic mustache, and his rigorous, unironic belief in making promises and keeping them,’ Winters explains. ‘It’s a very old way of looking at the world.’ ”
Los Angeles Review of Books, July 24, 2013: In Countdown City, “Winters has seized on what seems to be the defining preoccupation of our day — fantasizing about the end of the world — and married it to a genre, noir, that is defined by its fatalism. The result makes for compelling reading.”
Galleycat, May 3, 2013: Winters wins Edgar Award.
Las Vegas City Life, September 27, 2012: Palace’s dogged determination to root out the truth of Zell’s demise becomes more than just the duty of solving a crime; it’s also the task of finding meaning in life.”
Slate.com, August 13 2012: “It’s likely no detective has ever felt smaller in the face of his fate than does Detective Hank Palace…”
Publishers Weekly, July 11, 2011: “By turns gruesome and compelling, fueled by a slow-burn tension, and full of in-jokes about contemporary Brooklyn culture, Winters’s breezy summer read will leave readers compulsively scratching.”
The Los Angeles Times, December 2, 2010: “With The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman, Winters…applies a light touch that fuses youthful, scholarly exuberance with the inspirational power of rock ‘n’ roll.”
Slate.com, September 15, 2009: How I Wrote Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
The AV Club, September 24, 2009: “To the consternation of purists everywhere the result is pure delight.”