Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket is a short story by Jack Finney , originally published by both Good Housekeeping and Collier’s in 1956 . The story is a suspenseful tale of a man who travels onto a hazardous window ledge (ridge) to retrieve the papers he believes will make his career. Finney was a prolific (creative) writer, recognized for his science fiction novels The Body Snatchers and Time and Again , as well as thrillers, such as 5 Against the House . The story begins with protagonist Tom Benecke at a desk in the living room of his eleventh-floor apartment in New York City. He is preparing to type up a handwritten memo to be distributed to his office. He finds small ways to distract himself from starting. First, he tries to open a window, but it isn’t easily opened. He has to use quite a bit of force on the frame. Once the window is open, he continues to ignore the typewriter, crossing the room to talk to his wife, Clare . She is about to go out to th
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