Friday, March 23, 9:48 PM . . .

By late in the evening, a sense of foreboding had settled over Barton. He wandered from one room to another in his upscale condo, stopping to flip through news videos, sound muted, without perceiving the images that flashed on screen. Several times he tried to call Maggie, the woman he’d been dating for the past two years. Barton was frustrated that, on top of the day’s events, he was stuck home alone on a Friday night because Maggie, a management consultant, was on temporary assignment in another city. She was probably with clients, but it was odd that she was not answering. Given his overall state of mind, Barton was inclined to assume the worst.

He thought about going for a run, ...

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