Mirrors in the Dark by William Graney

Mirrors in the Dark

During a jaunt to Tijuana with his buddies in 1970, Randy "Scout" Monroe was looking forward to a day of partying while on summer break from college.  After a few too many beers cloud the boys' judgment, they consider a tempting proposal to buy drugs from some local teens.  When the drug dealers turn the transaction into an ambush the results are catastrophic and Scout ends up in an illegal prison cell for the next five years.

In 1980, five years after his escape from prison, Scout begins a journal that chronicles his experiences during his time in the rogue jail cell.  He was held in solitary confinement the entire time and kept in total darkness.  For five years Scout saw neither another person nor light but he developed a coping mechanism that helped him to survive the lack of human companionship and the pitch-black cell. 

During the writing of his journal Scout clings to his mirrors in the dark even though his obsession has rendered him incapable of maintaining a relationship with his family or accepting a woman who loves him.   His refusal to give up his attachment to the mirrors may also cost him his life.