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TitleAll the Lives He Led
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Table of Contents
                            Title Page
1 - INTRODUCING MYSELF
2 - HOW I BETTERED MYSELF
3 - BUON GIORNO, BELLA ITALIA
4 - BAD NEWS FROM THE COPS
5 - THE CITY THAT CAME BACK TO LIFE
6 - MY LIFE AS AN ANCIENT POMPEIIAN
7 - MY GIRL
8 - SHARING
9 - WORLD WITHOUT GERDA
10 - REMEMBERING UNCLE DEVIOUS AGAIN
11 - MY DEAR LOVE GONE, AGAIN
12 - THE BIG THING
13 - DOGHOUSE DAYS
14 - THAT UNFUNNY FUNNY BUSINESS WITH MAURY TESCH
15 - MY LIFE AS A MURDER SUSPECT
16 - BACK IN THE HANDS OF SECURITY, ALAS
17 - THE VERY WORST BLOW EVER
18 - COFFEE WITH THE COLONEL
19 - THE BIGGEST ZEP IN THE WORLD
20 - RUNNING AWAY, FIRST CLASS
21 - CAIRO AGAIN
22 - MY HOME FROM HOME
23 - HOME AGAIN, JIGGETY-JIG
24 - GETTING TO KNOW THE MAN WHO WAS THE WOMAN I LOVE
25 - THE LIMITATIONS OF DEEP PENETRATION
26 - ONE LAST KISS
27 - MY CAREER AS AN EVIDENCE THIEF
28 - ANOTHER UNDESERVED REPRIEVE
29 - GERDA IN THE STANS
30 - PRESENTING MY GERDA
31 - THE SURGEON’S TROPHY HO
32 - A VOICE FROM THE PAST
33 - WAITING FOR ARTIE
34 - THE PHONE CALL
35 - COMING BACK TO PRESENT TIME
36 - SHARING A BED AGAIN
37 - THE EDUCATION OF SHAO-PIN
38 - WHAT TO DO WITH MY PRIZE
39 - COMING CLEAN WITH THE OTHER WOMAN I LOVED
40 - MY DAUGHTER
BOOKS BY FREDERIK POHL
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“I guess that’s what’s left of them,” I said. The crumbs didn’t look to me
appetizing enough to justify Maury’s devotion, but the Security man treated
them as though they were emeralds. He sniffed at one crumb, then at another. He
held the first one up to the light and sniffed it again—longer this time, a deep
inhale with his nostrils almost touching the thing. Then he zipped them into his
bag and gave me an accusing look. “Any other evidence you’re concealing?”
He wasn’t quite as fear-inspiring as Piranha Woman, so I took a chance on

giving him a little lip. “I haven’t concealed any evidence. I’m the one who told
you about the sausages in the first place. And anyway, there isn’t anything else
—Oh, wait,” I said, remembering. “They aren’t exactly Maury’s anymore, but he
did give me those bottles of dessert wine in the closet. They’re mine now,
though.”
They weren’t, though. Not anymore. They had become the property of

Security before I could blink, and the man lectured me at some length on the
desirability of giving full cooperation to the authorities, concealing nothing,
telling everything. He finished with his Three Commandments—Mouth Shut,
Not Leaving, and, oh, yes, Nose Clean. Then he left. Taking the wine with him
in one hand, what was left of the repulsive sausages in the other, leaving no hand
for him to close the door.
I did it myself. After which there was nothing to keep me from swallowing a

couple more pain pills before getting onto that rumpled cot and trying to finish
out my night’s sleep. That is, nothing but the fact that my whole world had just
blown up in my face, and there was nothing I could do about it.
Was it possible, was it by any extreme stretch of the imagination remotely

, that my Gerda had, for what reason I could not begin to guess, actually
murdered Maury?
I couldn’t believe it. Couldn’t deny the possibility, either, and so I stayed

sitting on the edge of my bed, unable to figure out what to do and even less able
to stop trying, until it was time to get in the shower and get dressed to go to
work. I looked like hell. The liquid-bandage stuff camouflaged my wounds well
enough, helped by the fact that my slave smock covered the worst of the others. I
stopped at the infirmary to wheedle some more of the antipain stuff from the
medics and was ready to go to work. Or as ready as I was ever going to be.
Which I did, wondering what unplanned and devastating disaster was going to

strike me next.


Actually, when it arrived it didn’t appear to be that much of a disaster. It was just
Elfreda Barcowicz. She showed up that afternoon, close to quitting time. Clearly

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