By Richard Matheson
Executive mathematician Chris Barton lives a regimen life—until, on the finish of a typical workday, he reveals his automobile lacking from the worker parking zone. while he ultimately arrives domestic, there's a stranger residing in his house—a guy who claims to be him. Thrust without warning right into a surreal global the place the facts of his senses can't be relied on and strangers try to kill him, Chris needs to keep away from violent assassins whereas following a path of cryptic clues to regain his lifestyles.
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