The L.A. noir novels of Ross Macdonald aren’t as well known as those of Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett – but they should be.

In the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s Macdonald produced over 20 volumes featuring his hard boiled, literary-minded private eye, Lew Archer.

In books like the The Barbarous Coast, The Doomsters and The Way Some People Die, Macdonald wrote of dissipated ne’er-do-wells soaking up more than their fair share of money, sun, sex, booze and secrets.

Click to enlarge

But as he noted in 1950′s The Drowning Pool, “There’s nothing wrong with Southern California that a rise in the ocean level wouldn’t cure.”

Macdonald’s oeuvre served as the inspiration for our newest photo shoot starring a leggy blonde and a killer Jaguar E-Type – a car as sexy and dangerous as any femme fatale he could dream up.

Click to enlarge

Photographer Sorin Abraham was behind the lens with model Bailey West doing the legwork and the Classic Car Club of Manhattan providing the automotive eye candy; a posh Sag Harbor estate stood in for SoCal.

Click to enlarge

Full credits can be found below and on Friday we’ll bring you a look behind the scenes.

For now we leave you with one of Macdonald’s dictums: “Money costs too much.”

Click to enlarge

Credits:

Photographer – Sorin Abraham

Model – Bailey West – APM Models

Car – Courtesy of Classic Car Club of Manhattan

Stylists – Christian Ruart & Tai Chunn

Hair & Makeup – Amber Morrow

Location – Provided by Lawrence Robins

Click to enlarge

ALL PHOTOS BY SORIN ABRAHAM EXCLUSIVE TO DRIVEN; NO UNAUTHORIZED REPRODUCTION