Friday, February 22, 2013
Having already written once on this page about the attractions of crime novels exploiting shapely women’s legs to capture buyers’ attention on bookstore shelves, I now feel quite inured to any further criticism of my male fascination with such fleshy appendages. Therefore, let me put forth this question: Was publisher Mysterious Press wise in switching up the front cover of Thomas Perry’s new standalone novel, The Boyfriend?
The jacket above--designed by Carlos Beltrán and using a stock photo from FabioFilzi/Getty Images--is the one you’ll find on the finished book, which its flap copy describes as “a riveting, sexy novel of unbearable suspense.” The one below appeared on advance copies of Perry’s book. Which would you be more likely to purchase?