The Barbarous Coast

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  • The Barbarous Coast
  • Ross Macdonald
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  • 09 September 2017
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About the Author: Ross Macdonald

The Barbarous Coast PDF ✓ The Barbarous PDF or barbarous mobile, coast ebok, The Barbarous pdf, The Barbarous CoastThe Barbarous Coast EpubRoss Macdonald is the pseudonym of the American Canadian writer of crime fiction Kenneth Millar He is best known for his series of hardboiled novels set in southern California and featuring private detective Lew ArcherMillar was born in Los Gatos, California, and raised in The Barbarous PDF or his parents native Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, where he started college When his father abandoned his family unexpectedly, Macdonald lived with his mother and various relatives, moving several times by his sixteenth year The prominence of broken homes and domestic problems in his fiction has its roots in his youthIn Canada, he met and married Margaret Sturm Margaret Millar in They had a daughter, Linda, who died in He began his career writing stories for pulp magazines Millar attended the University of Michigan, where he earned a Phi Beta Kappa key and a PhD in literature While doing graduate study, he completed his first novel, The Dark Tunnel, in At this time, he wrote under the name John Macdonald, in order to avoid confusion with his wife, who was achieving her own success writing as Margaret Millar He then changed briefly to John Ross Macdonald before settling on Ross Macdonald, in order to avoid mixups with contemporary John D MacDonald After serving at sea as a naval communications officer from to , he returned to Michigan, where he obtained his PhD degreeMacdonald s popular detective Lew Archer derives his name from Sam Spade s partner, Miles Archer, and from Lew Wallace, author of Ben Hur A Tale of the Christ Macdonald first introduced the tough but humane private eye in the short story Find the Woman A full length novel, The Moving Target, followed in This novel the first in a series of eighteen would become the basis for the Paul Newman film Harper In the early s, he returned to California, settling for some thirty years in Santa Barbara, the area where most of his books were set The very successful Lew Archer series, including bestsellers The Goodbye Look, The Underground Man, and Sleeping Beauty, concluded with The Blue Hammer in Macdonald died of Alzheimer s disease in Santa Barbara, CaliforniaMacdonald is the primary heir to Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler as the master of American hardboiled mysteries His writing built on the pithy style of his predecessors by adding psychological depth and insights into the motivations of his characters Macdonald s plots were complicated, and often turned on Archer s unearthing family secrets of his clients and of the criminals who victimized them Lost or wayward sons and daughters were a theme common to many of the novels Macdonald deftly combined the two sides of the mystery genre, the whodunit and the psychological thriller Even his regular readers seldom saw a Macdonald denouement coming.


The Barbarous CoastThe Barbarous Coast PDF ✓ The Barbarous PDF or barbarous mobile, coast ebok, The Barbarous pdf, The Barbarous CoastThe Barbarous Coast EpubPrivate investigator 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 and a big time gambler who died by his own knife.

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  1. Bill Kerwin says:

    This book is effective, in its way, with some fine behind the scenes glimpses of Hollywood, mobsters, and the country club crowd, and Archer is good too, makingthan a few weary observations about how private detecting has changed him, and not for the better We get our first sustained look at a sadder, wiser Archer we have hadthan a few short glimpses before , and he is frank in telling his audience and a few other characters who will listen how the shabbiness of the search for tr This book is effective, in its way, with some fine behind the scenes glimpses of Hollywood, mobsters, and the country club crowd, and Archer is good too, makingthan a few weary observations about how private detecting has changed him, and not for the better We get our first sustained look at a sadder, wiser Archer we have hadthan a few short glimpses before , and he is frank in telling his audience and a few other characters who will listen how the shabbiness of the search for truth can soil a man.Perhaps this sustained look at the man is the main trouble with the book Archer journeys into the self, but it is not the same journey that the narrative must take, and, rather than complementing each other, the reflections and commentary often seem to be at odds with the plot The Barbarous Coast is inferior to Macdonald s earlier triumphs, such as Find a Victim, but even here we can sense that he is moving toward something richer, something that will soon lead him on to even greater achievements The Galton Case is not far away

  2. Evgeny says:

    According to the latest scientific research sharks can smell a drop of blood in a volume of water about the size of a backyard swimming pool Google is your friend Sounds impressive Not so much if you think that when it comes to sense of smell sharks smelling blood have nothing on organized crime smelling money Lots of money buys laws and once you do it you are no longer a criminal you are a highly respected citizen In fact you becomerespected than any low peon who busts his back try According to the latest scientific research sharks can smell a drop of blood in a volume of water about the size of a backyard swimming pool Google is your friend Sounds impressive Not so much if you think that when it comes to sense of smell sharks smelling blood have nothing on organized crime smelling money Lots of money buys laws and once you do it you are no longer a criminal you are a highly respected citizen In fact you becomerespected than any low peon who busts his back trying to make an honest living What was and still is one of the places in US in the middle of the last century with great amount of money Washington first and foremost but let us not forget this place which comes close second Thus we are talking about Hollywood, big money, mobsters, movie and TV stars, corruption, high level lifestyle and everything in between A guy in Hollywood hired Lew Archer for a bodyguard job Archer really hates such jobs and for a reason too everything I know about them shows person being guarded always turn out to be too stupid to live with a strong desire to make the guarding job as difficult exciting as possible Sorry, I got carried away Coming back to the book, a couple of pages later Archer had to take another client for a very innocent sounding job Usual noir fun followed I noticed something curious reading this novel this also relates to other books of the series, but to a lesser degree Most of the people who got killed had been really asking for this, persistently and I can think of only one possible exception this time Let me put it the following way Imagine the following situation suppose I work for an insurance company I do not by the way and somebody comes to me to buy a life insurance saying his her main source of income is a blackmail of a crime boss Guess what I would not touch this case with a ten foot pole there are better ways to throw company s money away Overall this is a good mystery with interesting characters in very colorful places not outstanding but good enough to warrant 4 stars Next book of the series, here I go

  3. Still says:

    The 6th Lew Archer novel starts out as another missing person case The manager of an exclusive country club frequented by big shot Hollywood types hires Archer to protect him from a maniac who claims that the manager stole his wife The manager knows who the man s wife is but swears he has no idea of her whereabouts After talking to the maniac Archer flips a coin and goes to work to find the missing wife He said with the bitter irony of age So you are an altruist, are you A Hollywood The 6th Lew Archer novel starts out as another missing person case The manager of an exclusive country club frequented by big shot Hollywood types hires Archer to protect him from a maniac who claims that the manager stole his wife The manager knows who the man s wife is but swears he has no idea of her whereabouts After talking to the maniac Archer flips a coin and goes to work to find the missing wife He said with the bitter irony of age So you are an altruist, are you A Hollywood culture hero in a sports coat This novel has several characters you just can t wait to read run afoul of fate but mostly every other character in the book is sympathetic Even a murderer or two.The following is from a passage describing Lew Archer, beaten unconscious by a trio of thugs who once worked for Anastasia, later Bugsy Siegel until he was murdered for getting greedy, lately employed by a motion picture studio as security , ruminating on all the ways Hollywood has recreated all of us in its image I swung in black space, supported by some kind of sky hook above the bright scene I was occupied with deep thoughts of my own They flashed on my mind like brilliant lantern slides Hollywood started as a meaningless dream, invented for money But its colors ran, out through the holes in people s heads, spread across the landscape and solidified North and south along the coast, east across the desert, across the continent Now we were stuck with the dream without a meaning It had become a nightmare that we lived in Deep thoughts.I realized with some embarrassment that the body on the deck below belonged to me I climbed air down to it and crawled back in, a rat who lived inside a scarecrow Archer s dislike of movie people makes itself known in a parade of observations and overheard conversations There was a girl on my left I caught a glimpse of her profile, young and pretty and smooth as glass She was talking earnestly to the man beside her, an aging clown I d seen in twenty movies You said you d catch me if I fell, she said I was feeling stronger then You said you d marry me if it ever happened You gotsense than to take me seriously I m two years behind on alimony now You re very romantic, aren t you That s putting it mildly, sweetheart I got some sense of responsibility, though I ll do what I can for you, give you a telephone number And you can tell him to send the bill to me I don t want your dirty telephone number I don t want your dirty money Be reasonable Think of it like it was a tumor or something that is, if it really exists Another drink Make mine prussic acid, she said dully On the rocks.I left half my drink standing It was air I needed And These were movie people, but a great deal of their talk was about television They talked about communications media and the black list and the hook and payment for second showings and who had money for pilot films and what their agents said Under their noise, they gave out a feeling of suspense I thoroughly enjoyed this novel As much as I enjoyed the previous three entries The feeling here is that Macdonald is on a winning streak at this point in the series It s a solid mystery I never saw the end coming Had no idea which character murdered which character.And the entire time, in almost every chapter, Archer s exhausted disgust at the way the wealthy waste what s left of their lives shoves itself to the fore The people were all inside They had given up night walks back in the cold war Call me trouble looking for a place to happen

  4. Ed says:

    Over the decades, I ve read many of the Private Investigator Lew Archer mysteries I like the hardboiled tone, lush California setting, and snappy dialogue This title didn t disappoint me Lew is as world weary as ever, but he s a good hearted guy with a dry sense of humor and sense of fair play and justice He does things I don t understand But then I ll never be a detective I don t know what I ll do after I read them all They ll be fun to return to down the road, I m sure.

  5. Kirk says:

    After the modest disappointment of Find a Victim this one s a great comeback Because it s got a great pun of a title And it s a Hollywood novel Granted, the Hollywood Babylon of the early fifties could be a Disney ride by Ellroy standards, but you can still appreciate the sleaze and the cheese, however mild by our odiferous standards You also get the requisite wacky characters the effete club manager, the punchdrunk boxer, the jealous husband, and deranged dames galore But most of all you After the modest disappointment of Find a Victim this one s a great comeback Because it s got a great pun of a title And it s a Hollywood novel Granted, the Hollywood Babylon of the early fifties could be a Disney ride by Ellroy standards, but you can still appreciate the sleaze and the cheese, however mild by our odiferous standards You also get the requisite wacky characters the effete club manager, the punchdrunk boxer, the jealous husband, and deranged dames galore But most of all you get an Archer who seems to be wrestling with the darkness of it all for the first time There s a scene in here where he sits at home in his stucco cottage wondering if he oughta get into a brighter line of work And, holy dirty slurs, somebody calls somebody else a fag The ugly is real in this one Ooh, and for metafictionalists, there s the highly enjoyable rumor that the twee club manager Clarence is a not so veiled poke at Raymond Chandler, with his pippy pipe and faux British affectations.Of course, you have your requisite smart remarks and plot twists, all of which seem pretty contrived if you think about it too hard, but this ain t To the Lighthouse or The Secret Life of Bees, so let s not think about it too hard You have a couple of dead chicks, a lot of hairy chested glam boys, some mobstahs All u need The best part The girl at the center of the mystery is named Hester As in Hester Prynne It s the second best allusion in Macdonald so far after Edmund Spenser gets a shout out with a babe named Una in The Ivory Grin I seriously hope somewhere down the Archer line we have a femme fatale named Scout That would be awesome

  6. Andy says:

    The Barbarous Coast is a hipster Hollywood sleaze mystery classic that has to be read to be believed Ross McDonald tells a story of boxers and pool tramps bought and sold by Hollywood studios while movie studio dicks enforce damage control over their pilled out and drunken stars while gangsters hustle men for sexual favors and rich wives foam at the mouth from Demerol seizures Corpses are torched and drunken matron motel managers are packing heat aching for a man to unload it on and stately sa The Barbarous Coast is a hipster Hollywood sleaze mystery classic that has to be read to be believed Ross McDonald tells a story of boxers and pool tramps bought and sold by Hollywood studios while movie studio dicks enforce damage control over their pilled out and drunken stars while gangsters hustle men for sexual favors and rich wives foam at the mouth from Demerol seizures Corpses are torched and drunken matron motel managers are packing heat aching for a man to unload it on and stately sanatorium wives sew dildos on teddy bears Everybody wants to be a star in Hollywood but nobody wants to stick around for the final act Nobody but Lew Archer And it was published in 1956

  7. Aditya says:

    The Barbarous Coast is not among the series best but still a solid noir Archer has to find a missing wife Hester Campbell who wants to have nothing to do with her deadbeat husband She would rather get rich real fast by blackmailing a mobbed up Hollywood producer Blackmail is injurious to health and characters start sprouting bullet holes The actual whodunit has been ignored by generations of noir writers in favor of atmosphere But Macdonald is the exception, he combines sex and psycholog The Barbarous Coast is not among the series best but still a solid noir Archer has to find a missing wife Hester Campbell who wants to have nothing to do with her deadbeat husband She would rather get rich real fast by blackmailing a mobbed up Hollywood producer Blackmail is injurious to health and characters start sprouting bullet holes The actual whodunit has been ignored by generations of noir writers in favor of atmosphere But Macdonald is the exception, he combines sex and psychology in smart and sordid doses to reveal the answers Latent homosexuality, repressed incestuous desires and personality disorders are always lurking in the background in Archer s cases It blurs the line between the killer and the victim and makes the solutions a lotmemorable than the average mystery.The Hollywood setting lets Macdonald gets some choicest digs in about the general vapidity of the people working in movies The Hollywood guys talk about money reverentially like a priest revealing a mystery Even when Archer is complemented his distaste shows The trouble with flattery is that people expected to be paid for it in kind. But in spite of some sharp lines the writing was better in previous entries Compare it to Chandler s The Little Sister also set in Hollywood and the gulf in prose is considerable.There are three separate places where Archer is at the mercy of multiple gunmen He survives in ways befitting braindead action movies not gritty hard boiled mysteries Archer gets the shit kicked out of him numerous times without any apparent discomfort Five six consecutive chapters in the middle of the book are set in the same place the Channel Club which drags It sticks out like a sore thumb as Macdonald always changes the setting between chapter breaks, just an organic way to keep things moving One of the author s strength is memorable cameo characters which pop up for a chapter or two They are also lacking here Minor issues but together they drag the book down compared to some of the better entries in the series.Macdonald s name is often used in the same sentence with Chandler and Hammett but the biggest difference between them and him is consistency The other two combined wrote about 11 full length novels, this is Macdonald s eleventh novel and according to popular wisdom I am yet to reach his finest works Hence Macdonald remains a bit uneven The series was operating on a different plane in entries 3 and 4 but has regressed since then My ratings has not always reflected that as GR does not allow a scale of 10 I have usually bumped up 3.5 to 4 for Macdonald for the flashes of brilliant prose and strong endings but this time I will balance things out 3.5 gets reduced to 3 Rating 3 5

  8. Carla Remy says:

    From 1956Most of the characters, except Archer and the ex fighter with the murdered daughter, are bad Even the fairly innocent George Wall does a lot of beating, driven to evil by exposure to this evil world The dead daughter, killed before the book starts, was maybe nice, but she was sleeping with a married rich man, so in the logic of fairy tales and horror movies, she sinned and deserved death The evil corruptness of Hollywood is here, and the barbarous coast refers to the Los Angeles adja From 1956Most of the characters, except Archer and the ex fighter with the murdered daughter, are bad Even the fairly innocent George Wall does a lot of beating, driven to evil by exposure to this evil world The dead daughter, killed before the book starts, was maybe nice, but she was sleeping with a married rich man, so in the logic of fairy tales and horror movies, she sinned and deserved death The evil corruptness of Hollywood is here, and the barbarous coast refers to the Los Angeles adjacent Malibu, so that makes sense

  9. Jim says:

    Ross Macdonald s The Barbarous Coast 1956 is an early Lew Archer mystery that takes on the moneyed classes of Southern California with a shillelagh It all starts out when Archer reluctantly takes on a missing person case, in which a headstrong Canadian begs for help finding his lovely blonde wife who had come to Hollywood to become what else a star The action starts at a Malibu Beach Club for the super wealthy and makes stops at a Hollywood film studio called Helio Graff and Las Vegas Ross Macdonald s The Barbarous Coast 1956 is an early Lew Archer mystery that takes on the moneyed classes of Southern California with a shillelagh It all starts out when Archer reluctantly takes on a missing person case, in which a headstrong Canadian begs for help finding his lovely blonde wife who had come to Hollywood to become what else a star The action starts at a Malibu Beach Club for the super wealthy and makes stops at a Hollywood film studio called Helio Graff and Las Vegas Eventually, the missing Heather Campbell is found, and a number of other bodies, mostly of thugs, pop up like weeds all over the place.I am beginning to like the Lew Archer stories and plan to continue reading the series

  10. Greg says:

    I recently read this author s The Way Some People Die and thought the writing and plot very good I found The Barbarous Coast of lesser quality it seemed to me the plot was, well, all over the place with too many characters popping in and out of the story, some of them even feeling unnecessary to the central story, as if MacDonald was trying to stretch this one out What s wrong with a novella Anyway, as hard as I tried to figure this one out, there were some surprises along the way and I I recently read this author s The Way Some People Die and thought the writing and plot very good I found The Barbarous Coast of lesser quality it seemed to me the plot was, well, all over the place with too many characters popping in and out of the story, some of them even feeling unnecessary to the central story, as if MacDonald was trying to stretch this one out What s wrong with a novella Anyway, as hard as I tried to figure this one out, there were some surprises along the way and I thought the ending perfect And the way MacDonald paints the dark side of Hollywood feels just right so many dreams have sadly ended much too early, as they do in The Barbarous Coast , a title perfect for the contents I ll definitely readof Ross MacDonald