By Philip K. Dick
Possibly the main unnerving drug novel ever written, in addition to an industrial-grade tension try out of identification, this novel explores the perverse symbiosis of cop and legal, observer and saw.
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Packing a pistol, and having at his call an entire CIA raised private army, had done him no good. His wife wrote no proud poetry about that. " the owner of the hay truck had probably said to the local authorities. "Do what, massah? Ah jes'--" Or like his own ex-wife, Arctor remembered. "), and she had objected to his filling out his reports late at night instead of thrilling at the very sight of her. Toward the end of their marriage she had learned to do such things during his late-night work period as burn her hand while lighting a cigarette, get something in her eye, dust his office, or search forever throughout or around his typewriter for some little object.
A couple, in fact. I'd estimate it'll take about half an hour to get this back together. " "Your toolbox is back at the house," Luckman said. " Barris nodded. "Then we'll have to get to a gas station and either borrow theirs or get their tow truck out here. " "Hey, man," Luckman said loudly, "did this happen by accident or was this done deliberately? " Barris pondered, still smiling his wily, rueful smile. "I couldn't say for sure about this. Normally, sabotage on a car, malicious damage to cause an accident .
Txt damage that can never be thoroughly proven--on even proven at all--to be anything deliberate. It is like an invisible political movement; perhaps it isn't there at all. If a bomb is wired to a car's ignition, then obviously there is an enemy; if a public building on a political headquarters is blown up, then there is a political enemy. But if an accident, or a series of accidents, occurs, if equipment merely fails to function, if it appears faulty, especially in a slow fashion, over a period of natural time, with numerous small failures and misfirings--then the victim, whether a person or a party or a country, can never marshal itself to defend itself.
A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick