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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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

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