Recently-minted police detective Henry Palace is called to the scene to declare a death a suicide by hanging... but something seems off to Hank and he's thinking he may be looking at a murder. But who would want to murder a mild-mannered actuary? As he starts investigating, Hank becomes more and more frustrated: not only can he not convince anyone that it's not a suicide, he can't get anyone to care. That's because there's an asteroid headed towards earth, dooming all life on the planet when it hits in 6 months' time. This darkly funny novel raises some surprisingly serious questions about the value of human life and what it means to be part of a community.