|Plot Summary of The Barbarous Coast|
THE BARBAROUS COAST is a novel published in 1956 by american writer Ross MacDonald. Lew Archer is a private eye asked to find Hester Campbell, a young blonde girl who has disappeared from The Channel Club, a very select club of the Los Angeles area where she was employed as a swimming teacher.
Everybody, apart from Lew Archer, seems interested in this strange disappearance : George Wall, her canadian husband who just received a desperate call from Hester, the wealthy members of the Club and local bad boys who would have preferred that Lew Harper stays out of this business.
But when Lew Harper learns that a murder took place 18 months ago in the same place and that the police didn't find the murderer, he will be more than interested in the case, he will be involved.
Good book of the Lew Archer serie.
This synopsis report prepared by Daniel Staebler
|Chapter Analysis of The Barbarous Coast|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Tone of story
- very upbeat
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- nearly 100%
- chronically deranged person
Murder of certain profession?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- character killed during/after sexing
Kind of investigator
- hard boiled/private eye
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- finding a known killer
- private investigator
Accounts of torture and death?
- very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies
Unusual forms of death
- dropped from large heights
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
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