Time Killer

Time Killer

by Todd M. Thiede
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Time Killer 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So, the killer is seeking revenge on poor unsuspecting folks for wasting his time...I feel mildly homicidal towards this book. It was a complete waste of my time. I am in avid reader and have never intentionally walked away from a book, but I completely gave up on this one 3/4 of the way through. The dialogue was the most troubling to me, as it was so unrealistic. Also, half thought out sub plots were hard to look past as they seemed like after thoughts. Do yourself a favor and don't bother with this one. I wish I could give less than one star on this one.
Danieldabear More than 1 year ago
This is an exceptional book. Todd has blown through the high standard he has set for himself.  As a retired cop he understandds how things work. However he has written a story that has a flow and can readily hold your intrest. The interplay between the two new partners and the horrific murder makes for a real rollar coster ride.. The characters are well developed and in a way it is like being in a ride along. There is a great twist at the end that Id did not see coming. You will enjoy c from front to back and be sad that it is done
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like any reality in your crime mystery, stay away. Clearly someone watches too much CSI and thinks they understand police and investigative procedures. If even just basic attention to detail is important to you, you will be disappointed within the first five pages. To the author: do at least a little real world investigation into your subject matter before you try this again. And getting your friends to write misleading 5 star reviews, just not cool.
AGoddessofLiterature More than 1 year ago
Time is money. Wasted time is time that you could have been making money, but you weren't because your time was wasted instead. The person that cuts in front of you in traffic and then drives slowly. The person in line in front of you that takes forever to order. All are time wasters and can be annoying when you are in a hurry. Most people forget about the incidents by the end of the day. However most people aren't homicidal crackpots either, unlike the person in this story who not only doesn't forget these seemingly inconsequential moments of wasted time but decides to take it upon himself to rid the world of the people who are chronic time wasters. The plot has an interesting premise that you may think of the next time you are debating what to order and there are people waiting in line behind you. The detectives trying to catch the killer seem a bit slow though and they are supposedly the department's best and brightest, even I was several steps ahead of them before we are enlightened as to certain aspects of the story. In fact there is one clue the detective never catches on to that I'm sure was right in front of his face if he had bothered to look. At any rate, this was a decently fast-paced story that was incredibly hard to put down. Other than the frequent editing errors it was quite an enjoyable read.
Shelibell30 More than 1 year ago
It took me a little bit to read this book , but not because it was tough to read, but my little one kept interrupting! LOL! Had it been up to me, I would have never put it down! I really like the way Max and Jesse are together...it didn't go romantic, and I like that. I love how just when I thought I had it figured out, I was thrown for another loop! That kept it exciting, and that is important to me. Cannot wait for another Max Larkin book...and I will never again waste anyone's time ;)
KayleeeKS More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! Really interesting premise that I haven’t seen used anywhere before which is pretty rare. The formula is pretty generic, but there are interesting characters unlike any I’ve seen, and the author gives the story his own unique twist and flaire. I thought that the leads, Jesse and Max made a good team, and I liked how Max’s history came into play with the events of the current time. I also really liked how Mr. Thiede writes, it is very easy to follow and I could picture everything perfectly, like it was a movie. Hey, there’s an idea… Recommend for people who like stories about psychopaths and killers and murder mysteries.
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
Loved it! I read this whole book in one night even though I had only planned on reading a few chapters before bed. It was a fast and easy read and sucked me in right from the beginning. There is a killer on the loose who is torturing and killing people who are wasting time and taking money in some cases (only exact amounts…not a penny more). At times because of the way it is written it seems like things are being “told” to us instead of being “Shown”, but it wasn’t that bad. I still felt like a part of the story and the action and thought the author did an excellent job with pacing and creating believable tension. I always wanted to know what would happen next and was happy with the ending (although it did feel a bit abrupt). Not sure if this is a series or will be, but I’d read more if it was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very remedial and mediocre debut. This needs some serious rewriting. I applaud the author for trying to write a book but this was PAINFUL to read. There are some decent bones here but is nowhere near publishing ready.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this in one sitting, and, ordered all his other books. Enjoyed and recommend to all!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clever plot and story line, but writing is stiff. Ending was anti-climatic. A skimmer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously the only book I've not been able to finish. I think my 9 year old daughter could put more coherent thoughts down on a piece of paper. It was painful, absolutely painful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Time Killer was a fast and easy read and sucked me in from the beginning. Really relatable characters and story line. Loved It!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Todd is a truly great crime writer but with this one he has surpassed his own standards. As a retired cop and detective he knows how things work and how these terrible crimes get solved. This is one that you will want to read all at once. Try real hard not to as the genus is in the details. The writer developed his characters as only a master story teller can do. They have depth and a gritty realism. This story is like going on a detective ride along. The story flows beautifully. You will never get bored and the mind bending twist at the end I did not see coming. You will not be disappointed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As soon as you begin the opening page of this novel it grips you and hangs on tightly until the very last page. I don't usually read detective novels involving serial killers but this book has seriously made me reconsider my reading material. The evil mind of the killer Mike/Tom is realistic and filled with malevolent thoughts which draw the reader into his creepy world. The detectives investigating the murders are believable and engaging as we watch them piece the mystery together. The pace of the novel matches the desperation of the police as they close in on their killer, trying to prevent him striking again.The details of his crimes made me squirm but were totally necessary for the realism of this tale. You seriously won't regret purchasing this book; a great find
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one that will have you reeling, asking questions, and wanting to devour more. The story starts with a psycho killer who sneaks into a couple's home in the middle of the night and takes their lives. The only survivor of these murders is Mr.Bjornson, who is too stunned at the loss of his family to be of much help to Max, the detective assigned to this grisly murder case. As Max delves deeper into trying to understanding the psyche of this killer, he discovers that the killer has done this before in other Mid-western towns 10 and 25 years ago. Of the three known sets of murders, only Mr. Bjornson and a three year old boy ever made it out alive. The murder's motive and peculiar habits is what drives this story. He kills people who he feels as if they are wasting his time. He charges them money as compensation for the time they have wasted. The murder is getting more bold and brash, allowing his death count to keep piling up. The author allows us to know the actions of the killer but still keeps him enough of a secret that we are unsure of what he will do next. This is an awesome, thrilling read. This book is not a waste of your time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A brilliant crime thriller. When Stephen Bjornson wakes up drowsy and unable to move, he knows something is terribly wrong, but the nightmare has only just begun... Soon his family are dead and Rockton Illinois has a killer on the loose. Detective Max Larkin works alone, so he’s not impressed when he is teamed up with rookie detective and local girl Jesse Fairlane. However, before long a strong partnership develops as they try to capture the grizzly murderer. The motive quickly becomes apparent, the victims have wasted the murderer’s time and he doesn’t like time wasters! Confirmation of this is written in their blood at the crime scenes, but he never makes a mistake and leaves no clues. As the death toll rises, the young detectives discover the murderer has struck before, and their partnerships tested in unimaginable ways as they try to find a lead. Will they discover who the serial killer is? Why does time wasting anger him so? I couldn’t put this book down, and would thoroughly recommend it. The storyline is brilliant and there are some great twists.
MichaelBeas More than 1 year ago
A gripping thrill ride that will keep your eyes glued to your reading device.  This amazing storyline takes off from the very beginning and does not stop until the very end. Author Todd M. Thiede in his novel “Time Killer,” presents an original plot that will keep you on edge the entire time.  The story starts off with Stephen waking up alongside his wife only to be surprised that they are both bound and gagged. If that is not enough to get your attention try adding the fact that the masked killer is in the room and waiting to do his dirty work. Stephen’s wife is butchered and two policemen begin what would be a long investigation of not just this killing, but many more that begin to occur. Words that best describe this book are: Thrilling, Mysterious, Suspenseful, Original, Gripping and Captivating in all the right ways.   Highly recommended and cant wait to read more from Author Todd M. Thiede. 5 Stars! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another brilliantly written book form this much loved Max Larkin Detective Series. This story is one of a kind, but true to life in many cases. A big hat-tip to Todd for creating this piece of brilliance so we can all dive into a classic even before it is recognized as a classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love to read a good thriller, be it crime or political, and Todd M. Thiede has now joined my list of the top crime writers. This is mainly because this book offers quite a change from the same old, sale old of other crime fiction, which has, in my opinion, gotten a little stale and repetitive lately. This book is also very well written and the language is so gripping it pulls you right into the story. I could really feel Stephen Bjornson's panic in the first chapter! I also liked the basic idea that the killer is out to get "Time Wasters." In this day and age we're all in such a rush all the time that we forget how to just be and relax. This book's premise touched on the absurdity of that and when I find extras like that in a genre book it just makes the book that much better in my eyes. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well-written crime thriller with depth.
Bill_Nelson More than 1 year ago
 Leaves you Breathless Compelling story! At times, this book takes you roughly through the ringer, it shakes you, questions you and throws you against the wall. It is violent, thrilling and fast. The author has crafted a powerful murder mystery that wallows in the grit. And Larkin (the cop) is a hard, tough and fantastic character who I hope appears in many books to come!
MayElizabethTrump More than 1 year ago
A completely absorbing murder story. An action packed thriller. Fast paced and spell binding. A completely absorbing murder story. Great characters and an original twist on the crime thriller genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The descriptions by the author in TIME KILLER grab your emotions. I can feel the different struggles that each character faces. The characters are well developed and the plot captivating. Overall a quick read. Max Larkin forces that compulsion to root for the mystery to be solved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Time Killer of a book! I like how the author's writing style is very dialogue oriented, like how real people in the world really talk. The premise of the book is quite interesting, a serial killer who really dislikes time wasted. He doesn't like his time wasted and doesn't like anyone else wasting time in general. The authentic writing style lends credibility to how a story unfolds in the real world. A great book for the general audience. I highly doubt the author was trying to entertain police and investigative experts or those who live in a literary world.
BooksRMagicVR More than 1 year ago
Someone is angry that people are wasting his time.  And his punishment is losing their life.  And two detectives - Max and Jesse - are on the case.  And they don't like partnered with each other.  And the case is more serious than they thought.  The killer don't leave any clues, except writing a message about not to waste time with the victim's blood.  With their indifferences, are the detectives going to find the killer?  As the killings seems to be a long time happening, where is this all going to end? The concept is good.  And that's what made me pick this book.  The crime scenes are well described.  All the gory details are well brought out which added up to the horror and thrill of the plot.  The plot following the killer is one major plus of this novel.  His criminal thinking and killing methods are new and although it looks bad to say it, I enjoyed those parts. The detectives, the climax and the dialogues are the major flaws of this novel.  The characters of the detectives felt forced, and not something I can just go on with.  In spite of the editing problems, I thought of enjoying the novel, but the dialogues are still a major letdown.  And then the climax.  Actually there is nothing wrong with the climax, but the thrill is lost towards the end as everything is laid out on the table just like that. Verdict: For a debut, this is a decent crime thriller!   3 STARS!
Logan_Nance More than 1 year ago
Todd Thiele’s book Time Killer is an edge of your seat thriller about a man who has made it his mission to rid the world of the people that personally wasted his time. I have to tell you, when I first read the premise of the book, it intrigued me, because a lot of murder mysteries are just retreads of an old story with a new paint job, but not Time Killer. Todd drops you in the middle of the first murder and keeps the story rolling from there. And the two detectives are written just like something that I seem to be seeing on most of the cop shows I watch. A grizzled veteran gets teamed up with a new kid and they have to overcome their prejudices and preconceived notions about each other and work together to solve the murders before it is too late. I was definitely glad to see that this book was subtitled Max Larkin Mystery #1, as I look forward to future stories between the two of them. The plot was another thing: I, for one, could not figure out who the killer was until he was “revealed” and he explained what his motive for doing the deed was. Todd’s writing style is one that will keep you guessing and even after the killer is revealed, he will keep you reading until the final page with the twists he puts in. The only bad part of the book is the language. There is a good bit of profanity in it, and I think that may have deterred me from giving this a perfect score. All things considered, this is a very well written story, Todd, and I look forward to the next one.