Although the book is a Prohibition-era crime story, it is poetically written and highly conceptual, placing an emphasis on the death of a man's soul versus that of a body. I'd like the cover design to replicate this. The design should be simple, clean, and abstract, but stark in its creativity, use of color, and overall impact.
This is the second book in a trilogy; the first image is the front cover of my the book in the set. It has been uploaded for reference.
The second image entitled "FACE" is a design I absolutely love (and prefer for a cover). Note the minimal usage of line and color to create an overall impact. I see a face in this design. I'm highly interested in seeing this translated into a "facial" cover design.
The James and The Giant Peach design is striking, as it connects the front and back covers and addresses scale. I like this design also for a potential cover.
Note: If using skyscrapers, note that the story takes place in New York City.