Killing Time (Carr novel)

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Killing Time is a dystopian novel by Caleb Carr set in the Mid-21st Century. It was initially serialized in TIME and later published in 2000 by Random House. It includes criticisms of the information age (see quotes below). The book was a departure for Carr, whose previous two novels (and his subsequent one) were crime thrillers set in the Victorian era.


Main Characters[edit]

  • Dr. Gideon Wolfe: the criminal and psychiatrist.
  • Dov Eshkol: the antagonist, a ruthless, fanatic agent of the Israeli Mossad

Other Team-Members[edit]

  • Prof. Julien Fouché: the molecular biologist
  • Dr. Eli Kuperman: the anthropologist
  • Dr. Jonah Kuperman: the archaeologist
  • Colonel Slayton: the (ex-US-)soldier
  • Dr. Leon Tarbell: the documents expert
  • Larissa Tressalian: Gideon's lover/ former assassin
  • Malcom Tressalian: Leader of the Team larissa's brother

Minor Characters[edit]

  • Chief Dugumbe: leader of the African tribe, with which Dr. Gideon Wolfe lives upon writing down his story
  • Mutesa: member of the African tribe, who becomes Dr. Wolfe's host and sponsor
  • General Said: Malaysian warlord and arms dealer


  • "Mundus vult decipi" is a Latin phrase meaning "The world wants to be deceived"
  • "It is the greatest truth of our age: Information is not knowledge."
  • I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging the future but by the past. -- Patrick Henry, 1775