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The Instant Enemy de Ross Macdonald
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The Instant Enemy (original: 1968; edição: 1974)

de Ross Macdonald (Autor)

Séries: Lew Archer (14)

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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?… (mais)
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Título:The Instant Enemy
Autores:Ross Macdonald (Autor)
Informação:Bantam Books (1974), Edition: Fourth Impression, 192 pages
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Yet another good Ross Macdonald. It is rather convoluted, and has some weirdly tangled family relationships, but fun and quite good.

Lew Archer is hired by Keith Sebastian to find his daughter Alexandra (Sandy), who apparently has run off with a rather wild boy, Davy Spanner, along with her father's shot gun.

Davy has had rather a troubled time of life. It seems that he was found by the train tracks, at the age of three, next to a decapitated corpse. The corpse was presumed to have been his father, but it was unclear whether he was murdered or committed suicide. Davy's mother vanished about that time and he was brought up by foster parents.

Anyway, Archer digs into Davy's past, finding a high-school guidance counselor who keeps trying to help, finding the ex-cop who was supposed to have investigated the railroad accident, finding a woman who appears to have taken Davy in—gave him a sort of job and housing. Has she also taken Davy into her bed?

Well, there are lots of other loose ends which may be related. It seems that Keith Sebastian's boss's father was murdered on the beach around the time Davy's dad met his fate at the hands of the train; Keith Sebastian's boss himself seems to have a rather controlling mother, and so forth. Oh yeah, the boss is kidnapped, perhaps by Davy and Sandy.

Well, it's convoluted, but rather fun, as is generally the case with a Ross Macdonald novel.
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  lgpiper | Jun 21, 2019 |
Just for the record, I reviewed this in 2017 right after reading it, but the review is now vanished. I figure it was lost during the recent engine overload/blackout LT experienced. Guess we're lucky to still be in business. Thought Bezos might send our journals into orbit. ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Apr 29, 2018 |
I didn't care for this one as much as some of the other Archer books, maybe because the people Archer is working for were all so unpleasant. ( )
  leslie.98 | Oct 15, 2017 |
I have to agree with the New York Times when it says that this book "moves fast and is full of surprises." The ending of this book was astonishing as the revelations kept coming, and the path that took the characters to this surprise-a-minute ending is one that the reader is quickly drawn into following. The back-cover blurb is slightly misleading in that it plays up the sex angle more than it appears in the book. The book's treatment of the sex crime angle is a revelation consisting of one or two sentences, spoken by the victim, and her blunt statement of the facts makes them even more horrifying than they would be if the sex crime had been written about in grim detail for pages on end.

This is recommended for fans of Lew Archer, particularly the really twisty installments like The Drowning Pool or The Galton Case. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Nov 24, 2015 |
This book starts out with Lew Archer being hired to find someone as many of the series do. This time it is a runaway daughter. Sandra Sebastian has run away with Davey Spanner two disaffected youths who were part of the theme of many of Macdonald's books after his own personal tragedy.
Sandra and Davey end up kidnapping Stephen Hackett a very wealthy man who is also Sandra's father, Keith Sebastian's, boss. As the story goes on the plot gets more convoluted. Convoluted is putting it mildly. Davey grew up an orphan and when he kidnaps Hackett it is really part of his search for his father. The problem is that nobody is who you think they are as the mixture of Hackett's, Blevins' and their wives and mothers require a diagram to keep track of.
The Hackett's, since they are rich, turn out to be bad guys of course. More people are murdered and murders from the past wind their way into the story. Somewhere the story of the disaffected youths seems to get lost or jumbled up with all the other crazy people. Then at the end Archer does a three page summary of who did what to whom and the book is over.
To be honest the plot got so complicated I lost my empathy for the characters and when you quit caring about the characters the plot falls apart. Macdonald definitely wrote better books than this. I am glad this is not the first book in the series that I read. I give it three stars because he is a good writer but he got off track in this book and never really pulled it back together. ( )
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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?

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