by Christopher Alex Hooton


by Christopher Alex Hooton


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Since human civilization nearly destroyed itself 84 years ago, The Curriculum has eliminated all violence by sending citizens on a series of trips back in time to condition out violent thoughts and tendencies. But the peace has just been broken by the first act of violence in the new civilization, a murder confessed to by a young genius. Now the fragile society must prepare for its first great challenge as it attempts to deal with a criminal at the edge of insanity and brilliance.

Observance is a science fiction thriller and mystery that follows Dr. Richmond Marshall, a lawyer and businessman, as he is unexpectedly recruited to defend the criminal at his trial. Teamed with a rising legal scholar named Charlotte Luca, the pair struggles with how to defend a man who has confessed to a crime completely unheard of in their society. As they delve into the crime and the mind of the murderer, they begin to suspect that something far bigger is at play, something that could shatter the very foundations of the delicate peace that humanity has built.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523383849
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/12/2016
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Christopher Hooton is the author of two novels: Observance and Peregrine East, and a travel memoir entitled How to Backpack with Your Parents.

He is also a practicing economist and policy expert specializing in economic development and urban development. He has completed graduate degrees from the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics and an undergraduate degree from the University of Miami. He currently resides in Washington, DC.
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