The Public Interest

Whatever happened to small-town America?

Benjamin Stein

Summer 1976

JIM Rockford, private detective in NBC-TVs popular The Rockford Files, is in trouble. He is driving along in rural northern California on routine detective business, when his ear suddenly hits a big bump and is incapacitated. Rockford, who is used to life in Los Angeles, is frantic. There he is, in the middle of nowhere, without any means of getting out: no taxicabs, no rental ears, no buses, no limousine service, nothing.

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