A Scanner Darkly

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 9, 2009 - Fiction - 278 pages
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Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug Substance D. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. To do so, Fred takes on the identity of a drug dealer named Bob Arctor. And since Substance D--which Arctor takes in massive doses--gradually splits the user's brain into two distinct, combative entities, Fred doesn't realize he is narcing on himself.

Caustically funny, eerily accurate in its depiction of junkies, scam artists, and the walking brain-dead, Philip K. Dick's industrial-grade stress test of identity is as unnerving as it is enthralling.

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User Review  - jimocracy - LibraryThing

This one started out seemingly normal and just went more and more off the rails as the story progressed. At times, I was really just sucked into the narrative and was jolted back to reality. Gritty and gripping! Read full review

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User Review  - Pat_F. - LibraryThing

3.5 stars Dick always did have a fascination for the workings of the mind, whether perceiving "reality" (We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, the basis for Total Recall) or identity (Do Androids ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Philip K. Dick’s published works include forty novels and more than one hundred short stories. Many films have been made from his work, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly

The Hugo–Award–winning author died in 1982 at the age of fifty–three.

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