Ross Macdonald. The Instant Enemy (1968)
Publisher’s description: “Lew Archer is hired by Keith Sebastian, a
Los Angeles business executive, to find his daughter Sandy, a high-school
senior who has run off with a homeless boy. Sebastian and his wife, living
on the edge of affluent bankruptcy, seem unable to communicate with their
daughter. Archer finds the runaway easily enough, but before he can return
Sandy to her parents, she has participated in a violent crime. Archer’s
efforts to save the girl from the consequences of her actions, and to understand
those actions, involve him in a savage plot twisting deep into the past.
At least one old murder and some new ones confound him and the police.
Archer himself is very nearly killed by an ex-cop who wants to keep the
case closed, but he finally manages to open it and let some daylight in.”
Archer’s investigation takes him, once again, to San Francisco.
Setting: Principally Southern California, but also San Francisco.
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