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Electronic mechanic Jennings wakes up with no memory of the past two years of his life, except that he had agreed to work for Retherick Construction. Payment for his services, now completed, is a bag of seemingly worthless objects: a code key, a ticket stub, a receipt, a length of wire, half a poker chip, a piece of green cloth, and a bus token. But when he is confronted by the Special Police, who seem to be investigating Retherick for their own reasons, Jennings finds himself running for his life, realizing that the "worthless" objects are the key to unlocking his recent past, and ensuring that he has a future.
©1987 The Estate of Philip K. Dick; ©2003 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.; (P)2001 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.
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"Narrator Dullea does a fine job of evoking the story's tension as well as Jennings' puzzlement over his situation." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Laura on 06-27-13

Typical Philip K. Dick story

My DH says we saw the movie, but I don't remember it. The same goes for this story, it is a typical Philip K. Dick story. Short and stunted. Some of his short stories are very good, but most try and trick you. Maybe in the 60's, but now they are just pre-dick-able.

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By David on 03-09-13

Not as good as the movie.

So far everything that I have by Philip K Dick isn't as good as their filmatic counterpart. Nearly all the storied of his that i have read or listened to see like very interesting ideas that needed minor tweaking or fleshing out to be great.

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