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Dark Places Chapter 23

By Gillian Flynn

Chapter 23

Libby Day—Now

  • Krissi sleeps on Libby's couch after Libby feeds her a delicious dinner—that classic Southern delicacy, the Velveeta Sandwich. Maybe Krissi just pretends to be sleeping so she doesn't have to eat it?
  • When Libby wakes up, Krissi is gone, girl.
  • Libby decides to pay Runner a visit in person, so she drives to Bert Nolan's home for sad sack loser men (not its official name) in Oklahoma. Ooooooklahoma, where the deadbeat dads amble 'round the plains.
  • Runner isn't there, but Bert Nolan tells Libby he was last seen at a bar.
  • Libby goes asking for him, and someone Runner owes money says he's squatting at the old Superfund site, which is soaked with arsenic "and s***heads" (22.59). We're not sure which is worse.