-- IN DEPTH UNDERSTANDING OF THE BOOK --
The book is called "Fifty Two Weeks Of Murder" by Owen Nichols
It's a crime thriller involving a wealthy land owner who has set up a competition whereby you can win 5 million pounds each week if you provide the best entry. Every week there will be a different theme and as time progresses, the killings escalate as more people enter the competition. The perpetrator has designs on changing society and strikes a chord with the lonely and disenfranchised.
The team after Lord Buckland comes from the NCA and the second in command is Assistant Chief Constable Anders. She was born in Britain and moved to America, working as an FBI agent and joining the army for a short period of time. Her time in America was spent hunting serial killers, but a traumatic event led her back to Britain with her two adopted children.
It's later revealed that she is transgender, the drip feeding of information about her designed to help the reader form their opinion of Anders before the reveal.
The book is bloody, brutal and uncompromising. There is great tragedy throughout and I hope to have addressed issues such as the nature of evil, our place on the planet and what sort of individual might be tempted by the competition.
I also hope to create discussion amongst readers, both on whether they would enter the competition, but also on transgender issues. It's not a focus of the book, but an interesting layer of context. In Anders, I hope to have created a unique and exciting character who challenges the reader on their own views after them having formed their opinion on the lead, but also crafted someone compelling and relevant to today's society.
WHO IS ANDERS:
She is 36 years old, small and slim, with long brown hair and bright green eyes. A year previously, she was caught by a serial killer in Washington and the skin from her back flayed. She has one large scar that loops around her neck and curls under her ear. She is trained in combat and studies Silat and Muay Thai. She is also beyond exceptionally intelligent.
The idea was to create a stunning and capable character who challenges both the reader and the characters within the novel. I was tired of the usual tropes of a hard drinking, challenged character in crime novels and wanted to create the opposite of that, but at the same time find interesting ways to generate conflict.
I've attached the first few chapter so that you can get a feel for the tone of the book and the characters.
IDEAS FOR THE COVER:
I was looking for something that wasn't the usual stock photo, but something fresh.
I had an idea that there would be a black and white image of Anders in the corner as a silhouette looking at London as it burns, her shadow not that of a human but of a feathery, textured, winged angel (The nature of the battle between good and evil is discussed, as is Anders' propensity for violence), but wasn't sure that it conveyed the idea that this was a crime novel so am not sure in that!
Another idea was a silhouette again but of the crucifixion in the first few pages with a dark, brooding sky, but I'm not sure that would work either.
I also like the idea of a non bordered image of an empty warehouse with a shipping container showing a single open door with an insidious red light seeping out.
NOTES ON THE DESIGN:
• I'm looking for something striking an unique and am happy for someone creative to give the book the professional edge I'm looking for.
• I'd like the front to bleed into the back.
WHERE IT WILL BE SOLD:
The book will be sold on Kindle and Createspace for now. The back needs to have the text shown at the bottom.
TEXT ON THE BOOK:
• The cover may have the words "For five million pounds, how far would you go?" or this could be relegated to the back.
• Blurb (on the back - find below)
• Title "Fifty Two Weeks Of Murder"
• Author Name "Owen Nichols"
• The book will be 5x8 inches and 0.899 inches wide (I'll need 3ml either side).
• I'll need a space for a bar code and also ISBN number.
I was hoping to get a cover for the Createspace as well as being able to use this for a Kindle cover and maybe have a 3D banner from that, though that is no deal breaker.
Lord Buckland is wealthy and privileged, but seeks a higher purpose. Each week, he will offer a prize of five million pounds to the best entry. To win, you need to show creativity, originality and desire, matching your work to the theme of the week. Killing someone is the easy part. Making your work stand out is the challenge.
Assistant Chief Constable Anders is tasked with hunting Lord Buckland before his games wreak havoc. An astonishing new addition to the pantheon of great heroines, Anders will be forced to confront the very nature of her existence as every week brings a new horror.
Fifty Two Weeks Of Murder is a fresh voice in a crowded genre. Brutal, compelling, thought provoking and challenging, readers will be left breathless by the shocking twists and turns of this truly original work.
For five million pounds, how far would you be willing to go?