Killing Time by Caleb Carr

Killing Time

By Caleb Carr

  • Release Date: 2000-11-07
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 3
From 11 Ratings
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Meet Dr. Gideon Wolfe, expert criminologist of the new millenium. A professor at New York's John Jay University in the year 2023, he lives in an era that has seen plague, a global economic crash, and the 2018 assassination of President Emily Forrester. In this turbulent new world order, Wolfe's life and everything he knows are turned upside down when the widow of a murdered special-effects wizard enters his office.

The widow hands him a silver disc from her husband's safety deposit box, hoping that Wolfe's expertise in history and criminology will compel him to track down her husband's killers. The disc contains footage of President Forrester's assassination, the same video that has been broadcast countless times on TV and over the internet-with one crucial, shocking difference: This version shows that before the video was released, it was altered with sinister special effects.

This explosive discovery will lead Gideon Wolfe on an electrifying journey from a criminal underworld of New York to the jungles of Africa and on a quest to find the truth in an age when all information can be manipulated. With this novel, Carr has boldly established a new genre-future history-combining the best elements of mystery and thrillers with unique historical insight. Breathtakingly suspenseful,Killing Time unfolds as the work of a master novelist.

From the Hardcover edition.


  • A Bad Copy

    By Michelle Schuler
    I loved The Alienist and Angel of Darkness and had high hopes that Carr would somehow do for the future what he did for 19th century crime. My hopes were dashed as Carr gave me a bad mixture of Captain Nemo meets The Time Machine on a Sunday morning political debate. While I agree on the dangers of the Internet and lack of sustainable global economic expansion, it is woven into a story that pontificates without credible characters or an interesting plot.