THE ADVERSARY by H. H. Lynde

THE ADVERSARY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A day- which will see the end of the world- brings its unnatural apprehension to the natives of a small California town where a stranger, bland little Mr. Bixby, has helped to spread the prophetic threat. With the exception of two elderly servants, widowed Norma Collins' household has remained impervious to the rumor and Norma's calm disbelief is shared by her daughter, Joyce; her beau, Jim; her friends the Norbecks- Roger who has a serious heart condition, Miriam his wife; and Don Landis, who is using Joyce to have a small affair with Miriam. As the day draws to a close, it is the end of the world only for Roger Norbeck when his wife's infidelity causes a last heart attack, and the abstraction of the adversary proves to be not death- but any personal demon, fear or pride or greed.... The author develops her small philosophical point at greater leisure than it deserves- so that it seems like a pretty long day for everybody concerned.

Publisher: Random House