“Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Crime Always Pays: Yay Or Nay?

So this is the proposed cover for CRIME ALWAYS PAYS, my forthcoming e-tome, which is a sequel to THE BIG O. It’s a trans-Europe road-trip comedy crime caper set for the most part in the Greek islands. If you have any thoughts, I’d love to hear them.
  CRIME ALWAYS PAYS, by the way, was briefly available as an e-book a couple of years ago, although given that it was a sequel to a book that wasn’t available in digital form, I thought it best to take it down again. During its brief availability, though, CRIME ALWAYS PAYS made it onto one of my favourite lists – Paul D. Brazill’s Top Ten Novels to Cure Your Hangover.

15 comments:

michael said...

I still have your original on my Kindle.

The cover really doesn't sell the book for me. I like covers that give me an idea of the book genre. The art design is ok, but this book looks more like a travel book than a comic caper.

I am sure the publisher would fill the cover with words from reviews explaining what is inside, but a cover should visually do that as well.

Declan Burke said...

Points duly noted, Michael. Much obliged.

Paul D. Brazill said...

I like it but I agree with Michael, it's not immediate what the book is about.

Emily Reynolds said...

I don't entirely agree with the guys (I see their point but..), the cover would definitely catch my eye and the title would make me pick it up

Declan Burke said...

Thanks, Paul. I suppose, rather than telling people what the book is about, the cover is more about mood, tone, setting. Anyway, that's what we were aiming for. Hoping the title will suggest a crime tale with an offbeat kind of humour ...

Declan Burke said...

Thanks, Emily. I think JT did a very fine job with the colours, especially - certainly caught my eye. Of course, it is my book, so no surprise there ...

Paul D. Brazill said...

Actually, yes, people can read the title, can't they ...

Dana King said...

Maybe I'm a natural contrarian, but I like it. The title produces its own images, and the scene makes me think of (intended) consequences. Puts me in mind of "boat drinks" in the movie THINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOU'RE DEAD.

Whatever you decide, the color scheme is dead on.

Something else to consider: I suck at cover analysis. I'm just happy to see the book available to the general public. I have a copy The Beloved Spouse bound for me on the bookshelf, from a PDF you sent me. I'll get you to sign it one day, if we can ever get you back to Bouchercon. (Or if I ever get to Ireland.)

Iain Mullen @bookshopiain said...

Elmore Leonard.
I really like it Declan. Like Leonard's covers they kinda get to the nub of the story. I'd pick this off the digital shelf knowing I wasn't gonna get dragged into a run of the mill procedural or CSI porn.

Declan Burke said...

That's bizarre, Dana. At one point I was thinking of changing the title from Crime Always Pays to Boat Drinks ... Great minds think alike / fools seldom differ, etc.

Declan Burke said...

Cheers, Iain. There's certainly an attempt to pay homage to Elmore Leonard going on with the book, as was the case with The Big O. Delighted that's the kind of thing that springs to mind with the cover ...

Cora Harrison said...

I find covers incredibly difficult. The last cover for my YA series DEBUTANTES seemed to get universal approval, but then people started to say that the book wasn't as good as the cover - one can't win!

It's always a matter of leaving it to the experts, I find. Negative criticism seldom works!

Good luck with your new title, Declan.

Declan Burke said...

Thanks, Cora. I find covers difficult myself - I think most people do (it's why we have experts, I suppose). The more I learn about this business, the more I subscribe to William Goldman's old saw about Hollywood - 'No one knows anything.'

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