In the preliminary round of the design competition, we are interested in seeing literal/realistic designs versus symbolic designs.
The cover design needs to arouse interest and possibly suggest:
* Harry at symbolic crossroads in his life
* the shadowy but looming presence of and threat from the Mafia
* a journey that leads to escalating danger and death irrespective of the route Harry takes from the crossroad
* maybe an alluring image of Evelyn, perhaps a silhouette figure so stock female images do not clash with the author's image of her. She is pivotal to the narrative as the title suggests although the story is about Harry - his choices, actions, and the consequences.
'Evelyn Crowley' is written in a style similar to Frank Morrison Spillane, better known as Mickey Spillane, an American crime novelist, whose stories often feature his signature detective character, Mike Hammer.
At this stage, we think a book cover design that has subtle allusions to that style of crime story may work. We are not locked into a cover design in that style though.
'Evelyn Crowley' is set in the Australian capital, Canberra, in the mid 1990s.
The author has a preference for autumnal colours, but the publisher is open to other suggestions. See uploaded park images where Mafia killed two significant characters in the novel. The park needs to have autumn colours if you consider using it.
Harry does not wear a hat if you are selecting stock imagery of a silhouette male figure.
Author's description of Evelyn Crowley:
1. Evelyn has a rich brown hair with a suggestion of curl/wave. It is parted in the middle and hung down on both sides, showing only a triangle of pale forehead. Below that is the kind of face you see in movies of a woman staring from a narrow window in some back street on the other side of the world, where you wouldn’t want to walk alone.
2. Evelyn is thirty-eight years old, an Italian beauty whose dress and style suggest that she is refined and extremely affluent. She is a tall woman, statuesque - neither plump or thin but is voluptuous.