1986 UK paperback cover
Author Desmond BagleyCountry United Kingdom
Genre(s) Thriller novel
Publisher William Collins & Sons
Publication date 1977
Media type Print (hardcover and paperback)Pages 255 pp
ISBN ISBN 184232005X
OCLC Number 59567001
Preceded by The Snow Tiger
Followed by Flyaway
The Enemy is a first person narrative espionage thrillernovel by English author Desmond Bagley, first published in 1977.
 Plot introductionMalcolm Jaggard is, on the surface, a marketing research consultant. However, hisreal job is with an un-named government department in industrial espionage counter-intelligence. After he becomes engaged to genetics researcher Penelope Ashton, on awhim he runs a computer search on her father, the wealthy and respectable entrepreneur George Ashton. Much to his amazement, he finds that any and all information regardingGeorge Ashton is classified at an astronomically high level, and that he is not regarded as having a “need to know”. Furthermore, the very act of researching information onGeorge Ashton sends alarm bells ringing in multiple departments in the Whitehall hierarchy. If this was not bad enough, a mysterious attacker throws acid in the face ofhis fiancée’s younger sister, causing the mysterious George Ashton to flee England. Without being allowed to know more about Ashton, Jaggard is sent on a desperate searchto find him, racing the KGB to the forests of Sweden, and eventually to a remote island in the Scottish Highlands, where he finds that the true enemy is much closer to home.