Dead Before Dark

Kensington Publishing Corp.
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A psychic and a serial killer play a cross-country game of cat-and-mouse in this thriller from the New York Times–bestselling author of Kiss Her Goodbye.
 
The Night Watchman is ready to kill—again. After thirty-five years in prison, he is free to commit the same twisted atrocities that once made him as notorious as the Zodiac Killer and Jack the Ripper. Now, at last, his moment has come.
 
Through her television appearances, renowned clairvoyant Lucinda Sloan helps police capture America’s most wanted. Unfortunately, she’s also captured the eye of the Night Watchman. Once he learns that Sloan “sees” his crimes, it’s time to play.
 
The first victim is someone she knows—a personal shock that brings the psychic closer to her ex-lover, Det. Randall Barakat. Then two more murders in Chicago and Denver make her realize that the Night Watchman is toying with her. Each victim wears a wristwatch bearing a message . . . and each message is a warning for Lucinda that she’ll soon be the next to die.
 
“Readers will be helpless to stop turning pages until the . . . chilling conclusion.” —Publishers Weekly
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Publisher
Kensington Publishing Corp.
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Published on
May 1, 2009
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Pages
481
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ISBN
9781420111293
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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