A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick

By Philip K. Dick

Bob Arctor is a broker of the lethally addictive drug Substance D. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and at last bust him. to take action, Fred takes at the identification of a drug broker named Bob Arctor. and because Substance D--which Arctor takes in immense doses--gradually splits the user's mind into specific, combative entities, Fred doesn't discover he's narcing on himself.

Caustically humorous, eerily exact in its depiction of junkies, rip-off artists, and the jogging brain-dead, Philip okay. Dick's industrial-grade tension attempt of id is as unnerving because it is mesmerizing.

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They’ll probably figure I took the beer money and headed for Mexico. He made his way up to the shack. It stood solitary against the dark of the hills, the long grass around its peeling walls concealing the fossilized remains of dead farm equipment and broken bottles, the shabby asphalt tile of the roof sagging under the weight of accumulated leaves. He mounted the crazy front steps and set down his burdens on the narrow front porch, the mild chill of the sweet-scented night making him shiver as he stripped off his greasy denim jacket, wrapped it around his hand, and punched out a pane of the window beside the door to let himself in.

Rudy refused to be put off. ” Gil sighed. “It’s a long story,” she said, falling back on Ingold’s usual explanation. ” “It matters to me,” Rudy said, and glanced up ahead of them to where Ingold was just vanishing into the shadows of the little house. “You see, I like the old guy, I really do, even if he isn’t playing with a full deck. ” They stopped at the foot of the rickety steps, and Gil looked carefully for the first time at the young man’s face. It was sun-bronzed and sensual, but not a crass face, nor a stupid one.

She started to sit down opposite him, which involved clearing two textbooks and the calendar section of the Times off the chair, then paused in a tardy outburst of hospitality. ” He smiled, and gravely studied the opening instructions inscribed on the top of the can. For a first time, he didn’t do badly. ” she asked, sliding into her chair as he shook the foam off his fingers. “Even when it was a dream, even when no one else could—King Eldor and the Guards at the gate—you could. ” “It’s because I understand the nature of the Void,” the wizard said gravely.

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