Using a sort of flat, stretched-out font I like to have the title centered (in black letters preferably) with the word 'shopper' dead center, 'secret' above it and to the left, and 'files' below and to the right, with the 'i' in 'files' being an arch from a heart-rate monitor style red line, that trickles down along side the letters (starting below the 's' in secret and cascading down in a staricase type effect as a straight red line, until it gets to the word file, then it should become noticable what it is). I like to have a 1/2 in or so thick bright-orange bar on either side of the front cover (the spine being the same color) with two 1/8 in or so pinstripes of a slightly darker shade of the same orange on the inside edges of the first two bars. (Just to give to the cover a more streamlined effect) Now here's were I kinda need a little more creative-juices from you designers, I want to make sure the cover stays bold, bright, easy to follow, and still incorperate some ideas without making it look too busy or overcomplicated. I had an Idea, where a silluhette of the main character, Ralphie (the secret-shopper in question) is holding up a price-scanner in a James Bond-style gun pose, but it'll have to be obvious that it's just a price scanner, (so maybe with a red-laser light visible on the end, and connected by a cord to a cash-register) but have it all in miniature, so it fits on top of the title-letters (so it looks like he's standing on them). Feel free to play-around with the concept as much as you like. The main thing is just going to be making sure it looks like a spy-novel cover, but you can still tell it's about retail. (Weird requirement, I know) Ralphie wears a fadora/mustache/overcoat (with the mustache constantly changing in variety) for most of the story, and I'll provide some refrence photos below.