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Killing Time
Killing Time
Author: Linda Howard
In 1985, a time capsule was buried under the front lawn of a small-town county courthouse, to be reopened in 2085. But just twenty years later, in the dead of night, the capsule is dug up and its contents stolen. That same night, one of the contributors to the capsule is brutally slain in his home--with no sign of forced entry or indication of s...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345453457
ISBN-10: 034545345X
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 336
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 192 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 6
Really surprising, a great read, I became a fan of Linda Howard after reading this book. A little sci-fi, a little romance, a little cop work and mystery.
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Helpful Score: 4
Detective Knox Davis discovers one morning that a time capsule buried on the courthouse lawn when he was a teen has been dug up and stolen. At the same time, several prominent citizens have been murdered for no apparent reason with not-your-normal murder weapons. While investigating one of the murders, he walks upon FBI agent Nikita Stover. Knox doesn't know it, but Agent Stover has been sent from 200 years in the future to prevent the time capsule theft, which is directly related to the murders that Knox is investigating.

Soon after their pairing, the two realize not only their attraction for one another, which Nikita fights because she has some pretty hefty secrets that she believes would make a relationship impossible, but also that someone else has popped in from the future, not to help Agent Stover, but to silence her. They suspect a futuristic terrorist group that's vehemently against time travel. Will they figure it out in time to save Nikita?


Honestly, I'm not exactly sure how I feel about this book, except to say that it was NOT an outstanding story. First of all, I didn't expect it to be a time-travel story, something that I'm really not much into, but can be persuaded to read on occasion. The book description gave absolutely no indication that this book was more science-fiction than romantic suspense. And on that note, I found the romance severely lacking. The pair's love scenes were choppy, as if the author had written few if any romantic scenes. That said, I will admit that there were a few instances that had me almost laughing out loud, usually involving Nikita's tenuous grasp of 20th century English.
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Helpful Score: 2
The first howard book I ever read where the female character is a strong as her male's. Interesting storyline which kept me reading it to the very end. Most certainly worth the read.
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Helpful Score: 1
Past and present come together very cleverly in this story. In 1985 a time capuule is buried in a small town in Ky. intended to be opened in 2085. The event was witnessed by Kelvin Davis and his teenage son Knox. Instead twenty years later a grown up Knox, now an investigator for the Police Dept. Is faced with the stealing of the capsule and a murder of one of the witnesses. Enter Nikita claiming to be F.B.I. Can Knox believe her what's more can he save her?
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Couldn't finish this book - it is futuristic, time travel, etc.
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I love anything Linda Howard writes even if the back cover doesn't sound like something I would normally read. She's one of the few authors that I will buy in hardback and she's on my keeper bookshelf for life.
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Good read - great "different" story than a usual murder mystery.
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Good book. A futuristic twist that is fun and unusual in most romantic books I've read.