The Dead Man's Eyes

by Robert Silverberg

Short story

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In 2017, it is possible to retrieve images from a dead body's brain of the last few moments of life. This is naturally a great boon to police investigating murders, and normally, killers take it into account and either avoid letting their victims see them or make sure that the brain is in no shape to be examined. But with a crime of passion, things don't work out so smoothly. And when a successful businessman, without really knowing what he's doing, finds he has murdered his wife's lover, it is the start of a long journey (for a short story, at least) of fleeing the law and coming to terms with what he's done.

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