The Instant Enemy

The Instant Enemy

[a Lew Archer Novel]

Book - 1968
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Generations of murder, greed and deception come home to roost in time for the most shocking conclusion ever in a Lew Archer novel. At first glance, it's an open-and-shut missing persons case: a headstrong daughter has run off to be with her hothead juvenile delinquent boyfriend. That is until this bush-league Bonnie & Clyde kidnap Stephen Hackett, a local millionaire industrialist. Now, Archer is offered a cool 100 Gs for his safe return by his coquettish heiress mother who has her own mysterious ties to this disturbed duo. But the deeper Archer digs, the more he realizes that nothing is as it seems and everything is questionable. Is the boyfriend a psycho ex-con with murder on the brain or a damaged youngster trying to straighten out his twisted family tree? And is the daughter simply his nympho sex-kitten companion in crime or really a fragile kid, trying to block out horrific memories of bad acid and an unspeakable sex crime?

Publisher: New York : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 1968.
ISBN: 9780307279057
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY MACD


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Nov 04, 2019

This guy was so good. You find the story stays with you for a long time.

AuntJane May 24, 2016

This was a choice for a Mystery Book Group - it was well received and a lively discussion followed! You have to put yourself back to the 1960s to old school sleuthing - while this was a dark story, it was a good one. There are a lot of twists and turns - you could use a chart of who's who to keep them straight! Enjoy!

Mar 21, 2016

First published in 1968, "The Instant Enemy" is the 14th novel in the Lew Archer series. Delinquency leads to a sawed-off shotgun, assault, battery and kidnapping. Then the plot gets complicated. Author Ross Macdonald delves into the motivations of his criminal characters. IMHO, I would rate "The Instant Enemy" at 4.25 stars.

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