For Joe, Tara, and Violet
I am blessed that my brother is also my dear friend,That I can think of his wife as my sister, And that their darling daughter is a lovely ﬂower in the garden of all of our lives.
This is a work of ﬁction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are theproduct of the author’s imagination or are used ﬁctitiously. Any resemblance toactual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Unger All rights reserved.Published in the United States by Crown Publishers, an imprint of theCrown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. www.crownpublishing.com
and the Crown colophon are registered trademarks of Random House, Inc.Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataUnger, Lisa, 1970–Darkness, my old friend : a novel / Lisa Unger. — 1st ed.p. cm.1. Missing persons—Investigation—Fiction. 2. Women authors—Fiction.3. Psychics—Fiction. 4. Police chiefs—Fiction. I. Title.PS3621.N486D37 2011813'.6—dc22 2011009973ISBN 978-0-307-46499-6eISBN 978-0-307-46519-1
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