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Product Details

  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (September 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588987442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588987440
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,292,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Prompted by his detective's instincts and the photograph of a woman who seems familiar, January begins his search for the reasons behind his existence. His quest takes him down numerous paths: there's a beast lurking at the periphery of this, Robert Porter's alternate reality.
 
--Ellen Tanner Marsh, New York Times best-selling author

"J. Conrad Guest has taken the heartbreak of sexual betrayal and turned it into a romance-fantasy ... Readers will not be able to put it down."
 
--Current Entertainment Monthly, Ann Arbor, Michigan

From the Author

January's Paradigm is the first book in the January trilogy, although I consider it a standalone novel. References to its successors, One Hot January and January's Thaw, abound, but the two can be read without having read the former. Reading all three will provide the reader a firm grasp on the workings of Joe January's mind.

This third edition contains a new afterword from the author.

More About the Author

My first novel, January's Paradigm, was published in 1998. Current Entertainment Monthly in Ann Arbor, Michigan, wrote of January's Paradigm, "(readers) will not be able to put it down."

In 2008 I completed Backstop: A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings, which is available from Second Wind Publishing and in Kindle format. Backstop was nominated a Michigan Notable Book in 2010, while the Lewis Department of Humanities at the Illinois Institute of Technology adopted it as required reading for one of their spring 2011 courses -- Baseball: America's Literary Pastime.

Also in 2008, I finished work on a futuristic piece, Chaotic Theory, a novella that explores the conjecture of how the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil might result in a tornado in Texas.

I completed The Cobb Legacy in 2010, a murder mystery romance that spans two centuries written around baseball legend, Ty Cobb.

One Hot January and its sequel, January's Thaw, are based on the character, Joe January, first introduced in January's Paradigm. The January books are my tribute to Raymond Chandler, the master of the hard-boiled detective genre. An alternate reality, time travel yarn, One Hot January starts where January's Thaw ends, and January's Thaw ends where One Hot January starts. A romance, the narrative follows Joe January from post World War II New York to 2047, where he rues the loss of the woman he left behind.

A Retrospect in Death, is an exploration into why we are the way we are (pre-wired at birth or a product of our environment?). 500 Miles to Go, a story about the importance of, and the risks associated with, the pursuit of dreams is forthcoming.

My fiction and essays appear in various online and print publications, including Cezanne's Carrot, Saucy Vox, River Walk Journal, 63 Channels, The Writers Post Journal, Redbridge Review, and Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine. My sports writing can be found at Bleacher Report, while my short fiction and memoirs can be found at a variety of websites. Just google my name.

You can learn more about me and my literary endeavors at www.jconradguest.com.


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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2003
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I have turned the last page of January's Paradigm... J. Conrad Guest is truly a gifted author who has a brilliance to his
writing that takes the reader away from the mundane stories... Guest has stepped beyond an average writer with a concept for a book like this one. Good job!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 2001
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Film noir meets dreamscape meets sci-fi meets erotica meets... I'm a James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Nelson DeMille, Dean Koontz, etc. sort of fan and found Guest' book matching up with all the positive attributes I like so much about these other authors.
January's Paradigm is written with a sardonic and sarcastic sort of wit that I found appealing. Character development is outstanding and the story is not predictable - a real plus for me since I usually figure out most stories well before the conclusions.
It's a great and fast read and offers heat in parallel with thought-provoking (and realistic) dialogue between interesting and off-beat characters.
Can't wait for the next installment.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Not Easily Amused on July 19, 2001
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It is different, which is hard to find today. It keeps you guessing until the end. That's entertaining. It wraps up intelligently. That makes me want more. I don't know much about writing but I do know about reading. I read this twice and enjoyed it just as much the second time. I've purchaced three copies as gifts (I've never done that before). All three gifts were greatly enjoyed. All four of us want more Mr. Guest! How about it?
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