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Pocket, August 2001, 24.95, 359 pp.
ISBN 0443403428

    Butch Karp and his wife Marlene are not the typical married couple and their children are anything but average. Butch is the chief assistant district for New York City while his wife is vice president for a mega-security company that is going public on the stock market. Their oldest daughter Lucy can speak any language after hearing it for three days and their twin sons are total opposites who communicate telepathically. Lucy is very involved in the homeless, going into their warrens and working in a shelter.
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    A serial killer is stalking the street people, but Lucy is heedless of the danger. Marlene thrives on being out in the field while Butch has two moral dilemmas to deal with in his professional life. The main one is a police officer who shot a man; the DA's office and the police department want to close the case because the cop is a hero. Butch thinks that the officer did something wrong and wants to investigate the case. He also has to deal with a boss, running for reelection, playing politics in a death penalty case. It is never a dull moment in the Karp family.

    Robert K. Tanenbaum writes a fascinating legal thriller and police procedural that blends well together in ENEMY WITHIN. He not only deals with social issues such as the homeless but takes on the problem of the police blank wall of silence. He also shows the linear connection between the police department, the judicial system, and the political machine. Mr. Tanenbaum writes about unpleasant truths in a fictionalized setting but lightens the story line up by delving into the home life of his protagonists. This is another winner from the pen of Mr. Tanenbaum

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   power struggle within govt between two factions    -   election campaign    -   main char. spying/sabotage Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty Crime Thriller    -   Yes Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   evil subgroup in own govt General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Mid-Atlantic states Misc setting    -   sewers/subways

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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