Killing Time - Audio CD - Abridged Author:Linda Howard In 1985, with much fanfare, 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, 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 ... more »or indication of a struggle. One by one, others who had placed items in the time capsule are murdered.
Besides his suspicions about the sudden, mysterious appearance of Nikita Stover, the chief investigator, Knox Davis, has absolutely no leads. And while Nikita's no murderer, she seems to be hiding plenty of secrets. With more at stake than anyone else realizes, the smart-talking Nikita is determined to catch this cunning killer -- while at the same time battling her own deepening feelings for a man and for a world in which she doesn't belong.
Initially, narrator Joyce Bean presents FBI agent Nikita Stover in a flat, emotionless tone -- so much so that when local police officer Knox Davis, working closely with Nikita to solve a case, kisses her, she hardly reacts. In frustration, he asks if she's a robot. Her answer sparks the novel into warp-speed. Once the significance of number 233704272177 is explained and Nikita's flatness is understood as a necessity for survival, Bean ratchets up her presentation and races the listener along the captivating plot line though time shifts that are full of action, laser weaponry, romance, danger, and intrigue. Bean's narration masterfully portrays character and relationship development beyond what written words alone could express.
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.
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?
I ordered this book because I like Linda Howard and romance. I was very pleasently surprised to find that this was a time travel/sci fi theme as well, my favorite combination. A good read (or listen in the case of this CD).