I've been waiting for the cover art of David Morrell's upcoming novel The Spy Who Came for Christmas for several weeks, and finally, earlier today, I found it. Maybe. This image came from eBay--there is an ARC for sale, a subject (selling ARCs before the release of a title) I would love to talk about, but I'll save it for another time because it's a subject that deserves more space and thought than I have at the moment.
The previously stated disclaimer--the "maybe"--comes about because cover art has been known to change between the ARC release and the final trade edition. So don't be surprised if it looks different when it hits bookstore shelves. But if it doesn't, it's not a bad cover
The Spy Who Came for Christmas is scheduled for release October 28th, 2008 and it's a short holiday season novel. The type that has become hip over the past few years for best-selling novelists to write; the type of novel I try to avoid really, but this one is written by David Morrell. Could it be bad? I hope not. And I hope Morrell goes easy on the Christmas propaganda. Oh, I hope I hope.
Here is a snippet of an interview David Morrell did over at Bookreporter.com. He makes the story sound interesting, but I still have a few slight reservations; but who am I kidding. I'll read it and very probably like it.
Next year's book is called The Spy Who Came for Christmas. It's a contemporary action espionage story that takes place on Christmas Eve in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I live. Santa Fe is a major holiday destination for travelers. We have a mile long street called Canyon Road that has about 1,000 art galleries and is lit spectacularly for the holidays. The story takes place there. At one point, the main character, a spy, takes refuge in a home where he discovers that he has put a family in danger. As he prepares the house for a siege, he tries to calm the family by telling them the spy's version of the traditional Nativity story. I did a lot of historical research based on events in the New Testament. Readers will be surprised by the background I've uncovered. None of it is faith-threatening, but it does make the often-told traditional Nativity story more vivid. The book will probably have some illustrations...
To read the entire interview go Here.