The Paradox Hotel: A Novel (Paperback)

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January Cole works at the Paradox Hotel across the way from a time terminal. Yes, the super-rich can now travel back in time (though not to the future, for various reasons). January used to monitor the timeline to make sure that nobody tried anything disruptive, like maybe trying to kill or help Hitler. Or bring dinosaurs back. She had to stop when she began displaying symptoms of becoming 'unstuck,' meaning at random times she would be thrown back into her own timeline to relive random events. So now she runs security at the hotel, while the government is trying to sell it. Sadly, her disease ramping up, she thinks there is a dead body that only she can see. So many moving parts, this was one fantastic time travel mystery.

— Jason Kennedy


“Time travel, murder, corruption, restless baby dinosaurs, and a snarky robot named Ruby collide in this excellent, noir-inflected, humor-infused, science-fiction thriller.”—The Boston Globe
An impossible crime. A detective on the edge of madness. The future of time travel at stake. From the author of The Warehouse . . .


January Cole’s job just got a whole lot harder.

Not that running security at the Paradox was ever really easy. Nothing’s simple at a hotel where the ultra-wealthy tourists arrive costumed for a dozen different time periods, all eagerly waiting to catch their “flights” to the past.

Or where proximity to the timeport makes the clocks run backward on occasion—and, rumor has it, allows ghosts to stroll the halls.

None of that compares to the corpse in room 526. The one that seems to be both there and not there. The one that somehow only January can see.

On top of that, some very important new guests have just checked in. Because the U.S. government is about to privatize time-travel technology—and the world’s most powerful people are on hand to stake their claims.

January is sure the timing isn’t a coincidence. Neither are those “accidents” that start stalking their bidders.

There’s a reason January can glimpse what others can’t. A reason why she’s the only one who can catch a killer who’s operating invisibly and in plain sight, all at once.

But her ability is also destroying her grip on reality—and as her past, present, and future collide, she finds herself confronting not just the hotel’s dark secrets but her own.

At once a dazzlingly time-twisting murder mystery and a story about grief, memory, and what it means to—literally—come face-to-face with our ghosts, The Paradox Hotel is another unforgettable speculative thrill ride from acclaimed author Rob Hart.

About the Author

Rob Hart is the author of The Warehouse and the Ash McKenna crime series, and he co-wrote Scott Free with James Patterson. He’s worked as a book publisher, a reporter, a political communications director, and a commissioner for the city of New York. He lives on Staten Island.

Praise For…

“Smashes together some of the best elements of science fiction and crime to deliver a story in which time is broken . . . As funny and entertaining as it is dark and complex. [A] wildly entertaining combination, along with Hart’s relentless pacing, make this a rare hybrid that has something for everyone.”—NPR

“Entrancing in its pull right from the start . . .  Science fiction mixed with the aching pangs of loss and romance will pull the reader towards January Cole’s side and bring them along for a thrill ride.”San Francisco Book Review

“[A] tale of death and destruction down the timelanes . . . [Hart advances] his detective-pursuing-a-master-criminal plot neatly and suspensefully and satisfyingly, moving from one new surprising clue to another.”Locus

“Electric . . . a tense, taut cinematic kick to the teeth.”—Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author of Wanderers

“Wildly inventive and endlessly entertaining . . . the time-twisting, sci-fi, noir-tinged mystery with heart I never knew I needed in my life.”—Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of Survive the Night

“A tricky and trippy mystery that keeps the reader guessing and thinking well past the very last page.”—Wesley Chu, New York Times bestselling co-author of The Red Scrolls of Magic

“Wonderfully twisty, smart, and funny and, ultimately, heartbreaking . . . Hart continues to flex his muscles as one of crime’s best world builders.”—Rachel Howzell Hall, New York Times bestselling author of These Toxic Things

“The perfect intersection of noir mystery, brilliant sci-fi, and haunted-house chills.”—Peter Clines, New York Times bestselling author of The Fold

“Not only a razor-sharp time-travel mystery but a moving story of love, memory, and coming to terms with loss . . . It’s also hilarious and as suspenseful as hell.”—Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award–winning author of the UNSUB series

“Twisty, twisted, relentlessly entertaining, and like all Hart’s work, layered with larger ideas . . . You don’t read it so much as devour it.”—Marcus Sakey, internationally bestselling author of the Brilliance series

“Stellar. The twists keep coming . . . in this impressive melding of creative plotting and three-dimensional characters. Hart remains a writer to watch.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Hart delivers a riveting read likely to win him scores of new fans. Funny, thrilling, poignant, and profound.”Kirkus Reviews

“Jam-packed and extremely fun . . . This is a novel of suspense, thrills, terrific science fiction, and ideas—big ideas—but it also has a sense of humor and a soft heart.”—BookReporter

“This wildly ambitious, well-executed genre-bender is suspenseful, clever, and funny.”Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9781984820662
ISBN-10: 1984820664
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: February 7th, 2023
Pages: 336
Language: English