Dover Beach is a private eye novel set in Boston and England in the aftermath of a limited nuclear war. (Yeah, I don’t know why I wrote it either. But it’s good! Read the review excerpts at the link!)
Here’s the American cover. The mushroom cloud suggests that it takes place during a nuclear war, maybe. The man and the woman look appropriately solemn, I guess. The guy is the private eye, presumably, and the girl is his girl. I don’t think the cover makes you want to race out and buy the book.
Here is the Japanese cover. Surprisingly, the Japanese publisher didn’t opt for a mushroom cloud! I don’t know that the cover gives you any sense that the novel takes place after a nuclear war; maybe that’s for the best. Dover Beach means nothing to Japanese readers, so it has a different title — but I forget what it is. The private eye is named Walter Sands, and he calls himself the Sandman sometimes, so that explains the signs on the doors. I have no idea why there are palm trees.
Anyone got any ideas what the ebook cover should look like?