The Barbarous Coast Author:Ross MacDonald Wife Trouble: She was blonde, beautiful and very definitely missing. Her anxious, hot-headed husband was making enemies all over Malibu looking for her. So he put Lew Archer on the job. Archer found her all right--up to her pretty neck in a tangle of blackmail and murder.
Ross MacDonald's books are trips back in time. He paints great pictures of the Southern California lifestyle in the 1940's from the underbelly of back alleys to the country club scene. His books are kind of gritty--full of sad and desparate characters, the kind that might be neighbors to Steinbeck's sad and wistful characters on Cannery Row. They are usually good, easy, page-turners. I like them all.