I probably should have read some reviews of this book before I picked it up. Unfortunately, I bought this book several years ago, before I discovered Goodreads or Amazon reviews. And now, I’m attempting to read all those books that have been sitting on my shelf collecting dust. Hence – the reason for finally reading Killing Time. I, too, was a fan of Caleb Carr’s historical murder mysteries The Alienist, and it’s sequel, The Angel of Darkness.
This book came about because the editors of Time magazine urged Carr to write a novella that took place in the near future. The premise is intriguing. With the age of the internet, the public has become brainwashed with all the false information they are being fed. A cyber-terrorist group is established to feed the public especially crazy information with the purpose of exposing themselves and the problems with internet information at the same time. Only the government steps in and prevents the truth from coming out, at the same time, hunting down these terrorist/heroes.
Unfortunately, Carr spent little time on character development, and the story was very choppy. Flat, uninteresting characters paired with flat, uninteresting stories, made for quite a dull read.
1 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2000