About the Novel

TIME CRIME was published in hardcover, paperback and eBook at the tail end of January 2020 and now, as of September 2020, it is also available as an audiobook! The narrator is David Stifel, an award winning, popular voice in audiobooks of many genres – learn more about him: http://www.dstifel.com/

Where can you buy copies of Time Crime? Well, everywhere print, eBook and audiobooks are sold!

Indie bookstore fans! – if you prefer to support your local independent bookstore there is a new way to do that online at Bookshop.org which has both a USA and UK site:

Otherwise, click on the image of the novel below and you’ll be taken to its Amazon.com page (this is the USA version but the book is available via Amazon’s international sites, too).

Also available from Barnes & Noble and other participating online retailers as well as a handful of independent bookstores in Ann Arbor, Michigan:

3D book image + link to amazon.com page

Click the image above to be connected to the book’s amazon.com page!

  • My editor is Veronica Marian of https://www.marianeditorial.com/.
  • The cover and interior book design are by Robin Vuchnich, proprietor of https://mycustombookcover.com/. Both of these folks are great at what they do and I highly recommend them.

Everybody loves book covers! Here’s a compelling alternative version of the cover, one I otherwise would have been proud to have used if her final version hadn’t been so irrepressibly, unquestionably fantastic:

Meanwhile, every book needs a compelling pitch (or so-called elevator speech or blurb) as well as a dynamic synopsis or description. So, without further ado, here it is:

THE FUTURE IS THE PAST. AND THE PAST IS UNDER SIEGE. The architecture of Time itself is threatened and only Mr. Z.’s shrewd powers of observation, keenness for cosmic lore and psi-powered courage can avert irreversible, destiny-shattering, world-destroying calamity. Welcome to TIME CRIME, a science fiction thriller featuring an irregular, mythologically astute scholar and his inexperienced yet alluring protégé leading double lives as academics and time traveling detectives in a far-future Earth. Together they thwart abduction, galactic annihilation, the clash of cultures and a crime against Time via adventures in Queens, the Swiss academic enclave of Eranos and nineteenth century Egypt.

Synopsis: Mr. Z. and Vixy respond to a red-level summons at Time Detective Headquarters in Queens only to discover they’re being tailed by a far-flung initiate of the mysterious Mothman realm – devotees of ancient, Oriental-style divination and the so-called Way, an otherwise inscrutable, occult society rumored to cultivate the most lethal assassins in the cosmos.

In the fallout of a botched assassination attempt against world-renowned comparative mythologist, psi adept and I CHING scholar Hannelore Wilhelm, PhD, Vixy is kidnapped, vanishing into a perilous void of space-time and provoking Mr. Z. and the Time Detective Contingent into investigative overdrive to find her. Mysterious oracular revelations, an ominous supernatural encounter and Mr. Z.’s Egyptological insights unveil evidence of malignant cosmo-political sedition and provocative yet unwieldy clues to Vixy’s whereabouts.

Five, a Moleman engineer cadet struggling to embody his fraught heritage and the dubiously altruistic imperatives of his technologically unmatched, steadfastly secular culture is surreptitiously deployed to the Giza Plateau in 1881 Egypt to re-initiate the engineering of the golden ball – the inaugural component of the Cosmic Clock Project, a cosmos-wide space-time supremacy plot that demands the stilling of the Earth and the destruction of the planet’s population.

Unholy alliances, murder, mystery and the vagaries of fate conspire to bring Vixy and Five face-to-face in the shadow of the Pyramids where the mole-man experiences a traumatic psychological schism – a Jungian-style enantiodromia – goes rogue and intentionally sabotages his own mission, sacrificing himself to an awakened humanity he can’t fathom, doomed to exile, on the run.

Meanwhile, Mr. Z. risks all, plunging heedlessly into the past to rescue the beleaguered Vixy, she herself clinging to hope and fighting to decipher the magnitude of the unfolding time crime, her fate hinged to that of the Earth itself – to the technological horror awakened within the bowels of the Great Pyramid. Can the cataclysm be averted? Can they ever get home? Book One in a forthcoming series.

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