This week, I heard the words that every author lives to hear from his editor: “I love it!” This in response to reading my new entry in the Jonathan Grave series, to be published next July. The title is Threat Warning, and the opening scene features two young people opening fire on gridlocked traffic on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, one of only two Beltway Bridges over the Potomac River. When the shooting is over and the panic is building, one of the shooters carjacks a mother and her son, launching a series of events that prompt Jonathan Grave to implement his very special skills.
Previously, there’s been a considerable delay between manuscript submission and cover design, but this one came faster than most. The picture above is the concept they sent to me. What do you think?
My only concern at first glance is that the picture is not of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, but rather of the Memorial Bridge. Of course, at the time when people are responding to the cover and picking the book up off the rack, they won’t know the significance of that.
Share your thoughts, and please be honest: Would this cover jump out at you from a rack at the store?