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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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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. For over twenty years he lived in Santa Barbara and wrote mystery novels about the fascinating and changing society of his native state. He is widely credited with elevating the detective novel to the level of literature with his compactly written tales of murder and despair. 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. In 1982 he was awarded the Eye Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Private Eye Writers of America.