Klavan On The Culture

"Werewolf Cop:" A Book And Its Cover

I’ve taken a lot of flack for titling my new novel Werewolf CopI was counting on readers’ sense of curiosity and irony to bring them into what is, I think, a unique genre story and one of the best books I’ve written. The cover the publisher originally proposed caught some of that attitude, I think:

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But ultimately my publishers and agent thought that cover would cause the book to be ignored by critics and relegated to the horror section of bookstores. So they came up with something more serious and literary-looking:

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What do you think?

One reviewer from BookReporter had this reaction:

This may be the best argument for “don’t judge a book by its cover” that I’ve seen in recent memory. The highly ironic and simple title does not do any justice to the story that is contained within the covers. However, fans will breathe a sigh of relief when they see the name of the author listed above the title: Andrew Klavan…

WEREWOLF COP is a fun and gripping read that is much more classic police procedural than campy horror. The end result is the most unique novel Andrew Klavan has penned to date.

I don’t know if I made the right decision  — either for the title or the jacket — but I hope people who enjoy this blog will give the novel a try.