Philip K. Dick A Scanner Darkly

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A Scanner Darkly
By Philip K. Dick

Originally published in 1977
Trade paperback published by Vintage Books
Currently available

  Plot Summary:
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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"One of the deepest, most moving books ever written by Dick. His ability to immerse the reader into the psychological heart of paranoid narcotics abuse has never been so apparent." Read more ...
    Deckard, IO Film (British Genre Film Web Site), 2003

"The story is entertaining, funny at several places, and the ending of this book is satisfying. While there is not much science fiction in this book, certainly the central concept of having an undercover cop investigate himself and bug his own house is a good sf concept and makes for a good book." Read more...
    Eric Weeks, IF Magazine, April 1998

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A Scanner Darkly 9 (Japan)
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A Scanner Darkly 13 (Portugese)
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