One of my favourite crime fiction-related websites is the excellent EuroCrime (which I occasionally review for) run by the irrepressible Karen Meek. For the blog part of the website, Karen often features various European crime novel cover art. It's always interesting to see the different ways publishers in various countries try to steer the readers attention towards a book.
Inspired by her efforts, and by the fact that one of New Zealand's best-kept creative secrets (in English language countries at least), crime writer Paul Cleave, is increasingly being published in a variety of European and Asian languages - each edition with its own specific cover - I thought I would share this latest cover art (above) from the Polish edition of Cleave's outstanding debut novel THE CLEANER, which is available this week. Quite striking, in my opinion.
What do you think of the cover? Have you read THE CLEANER or any of Cleave's other stories? How important do you think cover art is, in terms of grabbing a casual readers attention or the book's success? Do we in fact judge a book by its cover, at least somewhat?