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Publisher's Summary

In The Barbarous Coast, Lew Archer's pursuit of a girl who jackknifed too suddenly from high diving to high living 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.
More mayhem? Try our other Lew Archer mysteries.
©1956 Ross Macdonald (P)1996 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Tom Parker reads with great skill, shading primarily by accent rather than by tone or volume....This is an excellent presentation of an excellent crime novel." (AudioFile)

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Good as it gets

Wonderful performance of a classic noir mystery. Spare writing with a great private eye, who has great psychological and social insight into the people he meets, which makes him a detective with a sympathetic morality. You will love it.

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Runaway Wife

Classic Archer. Hired to find a runaway wife, Archer stumbles into a past murder, some fresh murders, blackmail , and lots of money.

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Another gem

Maybe not as many classic one liners as other Archer tales but a really solid storyline, well developed characters and good narration.

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Love this!

I'm a fan of the hard-boiled detective, call me nostalgic. MacDonald is a master of it, along with Hammett and Chandler. Barbarous Coast is one of his best for witty dialog, tough-guy private eyes, and hilarious similes. Five stars!

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Good not great

not Ross MacDonald at his best. Performance was good story was ok. It had some great moments but for me at least the conclusion was something of a let down.