The second installment of The Last Policeman trilogy, it does not disappoint. I have sometimes found that when a trilogy is planned, the middle book is mostly stuffing, a little bit of filler before the exciting stuff happens in the last book, not so with Countdown City. The protagonist Hank Palace is to me, a very 'Harry Dresdenesque' character (the kind my best friend and I fan girl about). He fights the good fight no matter what, he cares beyond the reason of his peers, and he suffers for his attempts to do the right thing. Enmeshed in the drama of this amazing policeman's life is the other drama surrounding him, of the world about to end. This book packed a powerful punch and in all the right places, and I'm looking forward to and dreading at the same time what happens next in World of Trouble.