By: Christopher Cook
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Cover and eBook conversion, 2011. This cover turned out well, but was challenging and went through a series of revisions. It required a strong association with Paris, solved by the lovely Metro photo, and an obvious reference to pickpocketing, solved by the small silhouettes. The Metro background looked best with a ruby red background, which was retained, but like all reds, has a tendency to produce noticeable JPEG artifacts and bleed worse than other colors.
The story itself is a faceted gem, blending a complex code of honor, the inevitable process of aging and change, and its acceptance. It would be a great story for class discussion.
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