On Monday, my British publisher—Constable & Robinson—sent me the mock-up for the cover that will adorn the UK edition of Human Game. They’ve slightly altered the subtitle, “The True Story of the ‘Great Escape’ Murders and the Hunt for the Gestapo Gunmen,” streamlining it and using it almost as a tagline. The cover imagery is stark and derived from a scene in the book. I’m absolutely thrilled with the result.
The British edition hits stores March 7, 2013, which just happens to be my son’s second birthday. Perhaps it’s an omen. The book was three years in the researching and writing, so it’s quite rewarding to reach this phase of the publishing process.
It’s amazing how different the cover is from the US edition. Both are striking in their own way, but I think the British cover packs much more of an emotional punch. The American version, published by Penguin, will be in stores October 2.