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Book Info

Author's Name

The Devil's in the Detail

Synopsis

David Shepherd awakes in a cell and tries to remember back to the previous night. The 43-year-old London cab driver has patchy memories of rescuing a female passenger from a gang of drunken youths. His fears that hes murdered someone worsen when a jolly woman named Olivia identifies herself as his defence counsel. Tragically, he discovers that he is the one whos dead. This is Purgatory, and Olivia is the Angel assigned to defend his souls passage to Heaven. If the prosecution can prove that David has broken any of the Ten Commandments without repenting, he will be sent to Hell. And although technically dead, David Shepherd is now officially in the fight of his life.

Despite Olivia assuring David that his passage to Heaven is a mere formality, the prosecutor, an Armani-clad Demon named Gabriel, surprises everyone by asserting that this seemingly innocent London cab driver has broken all ten Commandments, and should be sent to the tenth, and most wretched, circle of Hell: Morismia.

With the scene set, the novel unfolds simultaneously across two story lines, the first being a series of flashbacks within the trial, which recall key events from Davids life. It is through these flashbacks that we see David as a young boy, trying to defend his mother against a drunk and violent father. In his teenage years we see him fall in love with his best-friends girlfriend, Sarah. As David and Sarahs shared life progresses, a tale emerges of an average family man who has tried to live a decent life in difficult circumstances. A life which, when judged against the courts uncompromising Commandments, may not be worthy of Heaven. With every flashback, the reader is confronted with the same unavoidable question: What would they have done in Davids situation?

The second story line is Davids attempt at escaping Purgatory and returning to Earth for his daughters wedding. As the trial continues, David doesn't know who to trust. The Angels seem to have a holier-than-thou attitude, and he seems to have found an unlikely ally in the Demon, Gabriel. But who can he really trust?

The story reveals that nobody is truly infallible, whether human or Angel, and that every action has a consequence. In challenging the reader to examine what they might have done differently, David's journey leads to an inevitable but somehow uplifting conclusion.

Size Info

Trim size: 5.25" x 8",
Page count: 290,
Interior type: Black and White,
Page color: Cream,
Spine width: 0.725"

Target Audience

Who are your readers?

I think the novel will predominantly resonate with males, between the age of 25 - 45. David's story provides insights into relationships: how while they may start with searing passion, they eventually cool down to watching the television together in your pyjamas on a Saturday night. There are themes such as guilt, redemption and the give and take that any married couple have.

Having said that, the women that have read the novel have generally appreciated the insight that the novel offers into what men truly think about love. And all of them have ended up crying at David's selfless sacrifice for redemption.

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

1. The tone of writing - This may be challenging in as much as this is essentially a comedy or satire. There are all of the little commentaries on life that will make people smile, and think 'That's so true!'. Having said that, there are some emotional scenes around 'Thou shalt not commit adultery' and 'Thou shalt not kill', which generally induce the tears.

2. Purgatory - This book is set in Purgatory - the area of judgement between Heaven and Hell. It is filled with Angels and Demons and everything (including the book), revolves around the 10 commandments. It is a place of judgement, and this is seen in the format of a trial.

3. David is an average guy that is in an extradordinary world - He is an average man, living in London. He drives a black cab and follows Arsenal football club.

Style and Content

What colors do you want to see in your design?

Colours that come to mind (but I am fairly open):

- Black - which could represent death and is also the colour of his cab.
- Grey - could represent Purgatory, and London's bleak weather
- Red - Could represent the Devil and Hell.

As I say, I'm open to other ideas.

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

As above, I'm fairly open to ideas. I'm not seeing vibrant pinks and yellows, but I am open to suggestions.

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

I do tend to love classic novel covers with black and white photographs. As much as possible, I'd like it to be timeless. I've done two mock-ups of examples,

Devil's in the Detail 1 - This is a simple black and white photo of a black cab, which hints at David's life, but ideally it would give more of a hint of purgatory. For example,the sun pouring through a cloudy sky in the background, and the top of St Pauls cathedral perhaps?
Devils in the Detail 2 - A mock-up in Word. This shows all of the commandments as a background, and the title and author hidden within. Need to ensure the title and author are not lost.

I've included some examples of other covers that I love in the attachments too:

Catcher in the Rye - It's quite a timeless, classy feel to it. And also it has the words in the grey.
Devil wears Prada - Although this is too feminine, I do like like the playful font with horns. It might be interesting to have something like this, mixed with more of a style like Mad Men (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcRr-Fb5x...) or Catch me if you Can (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaLDyrun_...).

What content must be included in your design?

Front:
The Devil's in the Detail
Matthew S Wilson

Spine:
The Devil's in the Detail
Matthew S Wilson

Back (will change, and ideally would be easily updatable by myself to include any reviews or tweaks. Some sample text would be):

David Shepherd awakes in a cell and tries to remember back to the previous night. The 43-year-old London cab driver has patchy memories of rescuing a female passenger from a gang of drunken youths. His fears that hes murdered someone worsen when a jolly woman named Olivia identifies herself as his defence counsel. Tragically, he discovers that he is the one whos dead. This is Purgatory, and Olivia is the Angel assigned to defend his souls passage to Heaven. If the prosecution can prove that David has broken any of the Ten Commandments without repenting, he will be sent to Hell. And although technically dead, David Shepherd is now officially in the fight of his life.

The Devils in the Detail is a religious satire for the non-religious, posing questions that all of us will one day face. What are we judged by when we die? What really defines a good person?

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