Book Review: The Last Good Man by A.J. Kazinski

The Last Good Man
A. J. Kazinski
Scribner Book Company, March 2012
ISBN 9781451640755

Are you a good person? You may not even realize just how good you are, but if you have helped people, maybe helped save a lot of lives, you could be one of a select few in this world to help save humanity. You don’t have to be famous or even popular, but if you are one of the good, then you may pay a price…you will die.

A series of deaths is noticed and researched by an Italian policeman. His contacts draw the attention of the Copenhagen police chief. He in turn gives the assignment to warn the good people of Copenhagen of a possible serial killer to hostage negotiator Neils Bentzon. The assignment is meant to keep Bentzon from causing problems during the chaotic climate conference that Denmark is hosting. In his search for ‘good’ people, he encounters a former astrophysicist name Hannah Lund. Together, they unravel the pattern of the 34 deaths and determine there are two more people who will die. The entire matter is related to ancient Jewish writings regarding God’s righteous. Bentzon and Lund find themselves in a race against time to find the last two good people on earth. Just what they will discover will change both of their lives.

This is a fascinating, complex, and awe inspiring book. Part mystery, part history, part supernatural, this one has it all. Each chapter gives you a little bit more, takes you a little deeper with unique, well-developed characters I really cared about. Bentzon with his phobia of travel and Lund with her depression over the down spiral of her life. The Italian policeman and his dying mother. This book will make you think about who you are, what the world is about, at the same time remaining a great read.

Reviewed by Stephen L. Brayton, April 2012.
Author of Night Shadows and Beta.