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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (319 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ross Macdonald Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lew Archer Series Release Date:
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Ross Macdonald is one of the “Big Three” in American hard-boiled detective fiction, along with Chandler and Hammett. In The Barbarous Coast, tough, thoughtful private eye Lew Archer pursues a girl who jackknifed too suddenly from high diving to high living. Archer’s investigation leads him to an ex-fighter with an unexplained movie contract, a big-time gambler who died by his own knife, and finally, to an answer he would rather not have known.

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  • “Lew Archer has evidenced his differences from the usual run of fictional private eyes. He is not obsessed with bed, bottle and boodle; he doesn’t indulge in unnecessary violence, in action or in language; he is a sensitive and thoughtful man, tough enough to survive in a dangerous profession but moved rather to pity than cynicism by the way the world goes.” 

    New York Herald Tribune

  • “Macdonald makes a routine story of ocean side murder among the rich take on a hard-edged, glistening solidity…[Grover Gardner] reads with great skill, shading primarily by accent rather than by tone or volume. A prissy character sounds prissy, a Mexican-American has the faintest of Spanish accents, and the first-person protagonist sounds a little weary, a little cynical, a little lonely. This is an excellent presentation of an excellent crime novel.”


  • “[Gardner] tackles Macdonald’s series detective hero Lew Archer, many subtle ethnic accents, and women’s voices with awesome professionalism.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 4cats | 12/15/2013

    " Great Hollywood noir crime read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kirk Dilley | 9/5/2013

    " A late swing, but a clean hit. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Besucher | 7/8/2013

    " It was very boring! I had to skip pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Roshni | 7/24/2012

    " Archer investigates a very complicated mystery at Malibu. The ending is very unexpected and surprising, and still satisfying. "

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