The Paradox Hotel


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An impossible crime.

A detective on the edge of madness.

The future of time travel at stake.

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 backwards 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 US government is about to privatize time-travel technology—and the world’s most powerful people are on hand to stake their claims.

January’s 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.

“Time travel has been monetized in this stellar SF thriller from Hart… The twists keep coming without simplifying [the main character’s] mental struggles in this impressive melding of creative plotting and three-dimensional characters. Hart remains a writer to watch.” —Publishers Weekly starred review

“A tale of loss with a noir heart and a soul made of hard sci-fi that does each genre justice without ever allowing one of them to overpower the other.” —NPR

The Paradox Hotel is a masterfully crafted, wonderfully intricate novel that wraps high-concept sci-fi and locked-room mystery around an honest, emotional heart. A time-bending, genre-blending delight.” —Erin Morgenstern, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus and The Starless Sea

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

The Paradox Hotel is electric. A tense, taut cinematic kick to the teeth.” —Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author of Wanderers

“Wildly inventive and endlessly entertaining. The Paradox Hotel is 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

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

“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 coauthor of The Good Sister

“An engrossing and thought provoking sci-fi mystery that is also an achingly beautiful meditation on grief and the pain of lost love.” —S.A. Cosby, New York Times bestselling author of Razorblade Tears

“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

“To call The Paradox Hotel a high-octane, mind-bending thriller doesn’t do it justice. This is 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 suspenseful as hell.” —Meg Gardiner, author of the UNSUB series