Friday, January 2, 2015

Drinks with Reads: Ross MacDonald & The Zebra Stripped Hearse

The gang at SoHo Crime has been matching drinks with great reads. Paul from their team brings us Ross MacDonald's The Zebra Shaped Hearse with The Gibson. 

First a little about The Zebra Shape Hearse: 

"Strictly speaking, Lew Archer is only supposed to dig up the dirt on a rich man's suspicious soon-to-be son-in-law. But in no time at all Archer is following a trail of corpses from the citrus belt to Mazatlan. And then there is the zebra-striped hearse and its crew of beautiful, sunburned surfers, whose path seems to keep crossing the son-in-law's--and Archer's--in a powerful, fast-paced novel of murder on the California coast."

And now the drink,"Because there’s nothing more noir than vegetables in liquor. And because it’s Lew Archer’s top tipple."

The Gibson
2.5 oz. gin
.5 oz. dry vermouth
1 cocktail onion
- Shake gin and vermouth with ice, strain into cocktail glass and garnish with a cocktail onion.


  1. In studying the Lew Archer novels of Ross Macdonald I’ve tried to identify certain characteristics, themes, motifs, images – call them what you like – that crop up frequently throughout the various books. I don’t claim that the following are particularly important or have any special significance or meaning; nor do I say this is a comprehensive list. They are simply some things I’ve noticed in more than one of the novels. Some of these appear in quite a few of the Archers. In time I hope to post the results of reading through each of the books individually while searching for these ‘repeaters’.

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