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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: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455172795
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    AudioFile

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

     Kliatt

Listener Opinions

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

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 7/11/2012

    " Haven't finished with it, but Lew Archer is one tough cookie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 5/30/2011

    " I'll write more later, but Ross MacDonald is an underrated noir writer. If you haven't discovered him, you are in for a treat. His tough guys and dames and snappy banter is equal to the best of them... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabriel | 2/14/2010

    " Macdonald is still not there yet, but, in this novel and in the previous one, Find a Victim, you can see many of the things that he will use to get there, still in their raw form. He just hadn't quite integrated them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 6/11/2009

    " You would think that Lew Archer would learn that when a man hires him to find his missing wife it will inevitably lead to a few beatings, a couple of sappings, the discovery of a few dead bodies and a shootout or two. Still he keeps taking the cases. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Letterswitch | 5/9/2009

    " Archer searches for a missing blonde with money in her eyes and poison in her heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 12/15/2008

    " One of the better MacDonald books I have read, Archer has to find a wife who ran out on her husband and trouble seems to find them both. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AC | 8/18/2008

    " Good book, and a nice complement to 'Victim' - weak where 'Victim' is strong, strong where 'Victim' is weak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mick Grant | 5/27/2008

    " Ross Mcdonald's books are reminiscent of Chandler but he is arguably a better novelist with charcters more finely drawn. The mysteries are good too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mitch | 7/6/2007

    " Probably not the best of the Archer novels - the plot felt a bit stretched and the characters a bit thin - but who wants to criticize? These books are classics, and they don't make them like this any more. "

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About the Author
Author Ross Macdonald

Ross Macdonald (1915–1983) was the pen name of Kenneth Millar. Born near San Francisco but raised in British Columbia, he returned to the United States as a young man and published his first novel in 1944. His works have received awards from the Mystery Writers of America and of Great Britain, and his book The Moving Target was made into the movie Harper in 1966. 

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.