- Taschenbuch: 256 Seiten
- Verlag: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard; Auflage: Reprint (8. April 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0307279057
- ISBN-13: 978-0307279057
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,2 x 1,5 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: Schreiben Sie die erste Bewertung
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 384.656 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Instant Enemy (Lew Archer Novels (Paperback)) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 8. April 2008
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“Moves fast and is full of surprises. . . . The best work Macdonald has done in years.” —The New York Times“A more serious and complex writer than Chandler and Hammett ever were.”—Eudora Welty“Archer has seldom been in better form, and neither has his estimable creator.” —The New Yorker
Private detective Lew Archer's search for a pretty seventeen-year-old runaway and her juvenile delinquent boyfriend leads to trouble, violence, kidnapping, and murder along the Sunset Strip. Reprint.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Iconoclastic private eye Lew Archer is called by the parents to retrieve Sandy Sebastian, their seventeen year-old high school senior who as apparently run off with her nineteen-year-old punk boyfriend. Despite Archer's initial distrust of the Sebastians, he takes the case and before too many pages has turned has located the daughter and he wayward Davy Spanner. But the fun is just beginning as pair flip from young lovers to young felons, stealing dad's shotgun and kidnapping millionaire Stephen Hackett, ruler of the business empire in which dad Keith Sebastian is employed. As the plot thickens, so does Archer's expense account as he drives up and down and over and across California at a frenetic pace as Archer seems to have little need for food and less for sleep as he gets beat-up, has guns pulled on him, and even gathers some clues in eventually getting to the bottom of an entire volume of perplexing decade-and-a-half old mysteries. Macdonald spins his tale with colorful prose rising a level above the more typical hardboiled noir scribbler.
Written in the sixties but highly relevant still, besides the thrills, action, and suspense, "Instant Enemy" is an interesting throw back to that tumultuous period in American history when the innocence and prudence of the fifties were giving way - tenuously - to an increasingly permissive society. Ross Macdonald and his smart-talking Lew Archer creation, while overshadowed by Hammetts, Chandler, or Thompson, is a master of Arerican pulp fiction, brooding and complex against the lean, simple lines of his more famous genre-mates. In fact, Macdonald's first Lew Archer novel, "The Moving Target" in 1949, was brought to film in 1966 as Paul Newman's "Harpur."
Bottom line, a fast and frenzied tour through time and deception; an engaging and entertaining page-turner well worth a look.
Now, about the book... As much as I love the books sometimes you can figure the plot resolution pretty quickly but this one had some nice twists in it.
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