• The Barbarous Coast

  • By: Ross MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Tom Parker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (217 ratings)

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The Barbarous Coast

By: Ross MacDonald
Narrated by: Tom Parker
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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.

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"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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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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ridiculous plot, ridiculous stereotypes.

The story drags along ways before coming to an abrupt halt. Seems Millar/McDonald struggled with this novel and its direction. Dialogue was contrite and overbearing. Lew Archer, the protagonist, is a one dimensional tough guy who is comically immune to Traumatic Brain Injuries. The minority stereotypes get old, to include the “N” word thrown around to firm these stereotypes quite a bit, of course th