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Time Crime

H. Beam Piper

Book Overview: 

The Paratime Police had a real headache this time! Tracing one man in a population of millions is easy--compared to finding one gang hiding out on one of billions of probability lines!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Why didn't you just borrow psychists from SecReg for Kholghoor, Eastern India?" Vall asked. "Subchief Ranthar would have loaned you a few."

"Oh, I couldn't call on another SecReg for men without higher-echelon authorization. Especially not from another Sector Organization, even another Level Authority," Vulthor Tharn said. "Beside, it would have taken longer to bring them here than hypno-mech our own personnel."

He was right about the second point. Vall agreed mentally; however, his real reason was procedural.

"Did you alert Ranthar Jard to what was going on in his SecReg?" he asked.

"Gracious, no!" Vulthor Tharn was scandalized. "I have no authority to tell people of equal echelon in other Sector and Level organizations what to do. I put my report through regular channels; it wasn't my place to go outside my own jurisdiction."

And his report had crawled through channels for fourteen hours, Vall thought.

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Community Reviews

I wanted to give this audiobook three stars simply for the excellent narration by Mark Nelson. Otherwise I found the story entirely too complex and confusing to follow. Maybe if I read it in book form I might find it easier to handle.

I might read the print version just to see if the story improves.

A somewhat interesting if not particularly deeply developed action oriented sci-fi tale from the pulp magazines. I gave it a chance because I had enjoyed Piper’s novel Little Fuzzy, but this one did not rise to that level. It did not always hold my attention very well.

Re-read this one. I read it years ago. The purpose was to refresh my memory of 1st level civilization and Paratime Police. I read all the Kalvan books a year ago so now I will read Paratime Trouble next which will go into the non-Kalvin troubles referenced in those books. Thank you John Carr for mak

It’s an imperfect book with interesting ideas and characters. Mostly I was flummoxed by far too many characters with little to distinguish between them, personal pronouns used often without it being clear to whom they referred, and far too little exposition about the world and society around them.


Just a *leetle* bit sexist...more

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