When I met my British publishers, Simon & Schuster, for the first time, we had a long conversation about jacket art. 'No guns' was something we agreed to fairly quickly, for fear of putting off female readers – there's a love story, albeit of a pretty twisted sort, at the core of my debut novel, Free Agent. Well, in the end the British hardback (right) did feature a gun, and I'm very glad it did because I think it was a superb cover.
As the American paperback, due out next month from Penguin (left), also features a gun on the jacket – and I am equally pleased with it! – it looks like I have entered 'thriller-writer with guns on his jackets' territory.
Well, I could be in worse company. Below are a few scans of thriller jackets from my own collection – just click to enlarge them. Which do you think work best?