Lew Archer is a tough but compassionate private eye in California. On the beach one day he encounters a vast oil spill. A beautiful woman is picking up birds and cleaning the oil from them. She is disturbed, angry, and seems lost and in need of help, just Archer's type. Archer is immediately attracted to her. Turns out her family owns the oil company responsible for the spill. She lets Archer take her to his house, then she suddenly leaves. Archer ... 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 Hes... The Three Roads
Lieutenant Bret Taylor doesn't remember that he was married once, or that his wife was murdered -- but once he finds out, he sets out to find the killer, no matter what. Taylor has been in a sanitarium since he finished his tour in the Second World War. He's got post-traumatic stress disorder, and the only person who seems to understand is his fiancée, screenwriter Paula West. She's with him every day, discussing his case with his doctors, patiently talk...