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Book Info

Author's Name

Mick Buckley

Synopsis

This is a debut novel set against the background of the greatest boom and bust in generations, Manfred Stockton questions his rise in advertising and his role in society at large, falling into a malaise that he seeks to escape by searching for his missing brother.
His search is funded with someone elses money: that of the unhinged Tuco Bardez , who vows to kill Manfred in order to save face and preserve his crumbling reality.
In his search for his brother, Manfred is pursued by his own personal demonswhich could hold the key to his brothers whereaboutsas he is chased by the relentless Tuco. Can Manfred overcome his demons and find his brother before Tuco finds him? A Short Sniff at American Madness is a dark comic thriller, a parallel exploration of the minds of two men who wont let go of the past and whose past wont let go of them.
As well as having the plot of a chase story, the story also hopes to serve as a larger metaphor for the loss of innocent and disillusionment that comes with a bust, whether it be economical or cultural and the impending ills it visits on society. The other goal is to get this undercurrent woven through with a sense of humor so as not to alienate readers.

Size Info

Trim size: 5" x 8",
Page count: 182,
Interior type: Black and White,
Page color: White,
Spine width: 0.41"

Target Audience

Who are your readers?

Anyone over 18, but more so for 20, 30 and 40 somethings. The kind of person who would read a Chuck Palahniuk novel like Fightclub or Choke.

What 3 things would you like to communicate to your readers with this design?

That the novel is fast paced, multilayered and both funny and dark.

Style and Content

What colors do you want to see in your design?

I'm open. I'm comfortable with back and white, color or both.

What colors do you NOT want to see in your design?

I'm open.

Describe the style(s) you like (traditional, modern, etc.)

Modern, off beat, off the wall is great. As long as it's eyecatching.

What content must be included in your design?

The title plus the term 'A Novel', my name plus the back cover copy starting with the next line.
Set against the background of the greatest boom and bust in generations, Manfred Stockton questions his rise in advertising and his role in society at large, then falls into a malaise that he seeks to escape by searching for his missing brother.
His search is funded with someone elses money: that of the unhinged Tuco Bardez , who vows to kill Manfred in order to save face and preserve his crumbling reality.
In his search for his brother, Manfred is pursued by his own personal demonswhich could hold the key to his brothers whereaboutsas he is chased by the relentless Tuco. Can Manfred overcome his demons and find his brother before Tuco finds him? A Short Sniff at American Madness is a dark comic thriller, a parallel exploration of the minds of two men who wont let go of the past and whose past wont let go of them.

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