Troy Patterson
November 10, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

Killing Time

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Caleb Carr
publisher
Random House
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Fiction

We gave it a D

Hackneyed, geeky, and ungrammatical, Caleb Carr’s latest is a noirish bit of apocalyptic sci-fi that incoherently delivers the news that seeing isn’t believing. In the year 2023, criminal-psychology professor Dr. Gideon Wolfe starts asking too many questions about the murder of a special-effects technician. Next thing you know, the doc links up with a sassy band of academics who, led by a sickly zillionaire mastermind, zip around the globe ”combatting the information society” by perpetrating digital hoaxes. For all its faults, Carr’s signature work, 1995’s The Alienist, was genuinely gripping; Killing Time only leaves you griping. D

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