There were two considerations when approaching the front cover. Down & Out Books, the artist and the author all agreed to work on a concept that brought to mind the noir private eye novels of the forties and fifties—Chandler’s Philip Marlowe and Spillane’s Mike Hammer—albeit without the damsel in distress. (Sorry, no scantily clad babes aboard.) I believe if you don’t grab the reader in Chapter One you have lost half the battle— therefore Jason and I decided on using an image which captured a moment in those first pages. Here is an early rendition.
It was Jason Smith’s idea to use a badge—a small representation of the main protagonist which could be used in subsequent books and add to the dime store novel feel. Here is an early version of the Jimmy Pigeon badge.
So close. How about repeating the Jimmy Pigeon cameo on the spine? Let’s make the D&O logo more prominent. The result represents a long, rewarding collaboration of two artists from different mediums. A writer striving to create a work of fiction worth reading—and a painter who got it and beautifully gift wrapped it. The complete package. Done. Now we can only hope the fine art will inspire curiosity—and the reader will not be disappointed with the pages between the covers.