I need a cover design for a crime novel

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Experience Level: Intermediate
Information for the business: This is a gruesome crime novel
Industry: Publishing/Journalism
Design details: I'd like the design to be slick and professional like other best selling crime novels. The title is BLANKET OF BLOOD and the author is Eileen Wharton. It will also need a blurb on the back and the ISBN (once I've organised them.) I've included covers I find attractive or compelling though mine will obviously need to reflect my story.
Target audience: Adults
Ideas for the visual style: Look at the covers of Mo Hayder's crime novels
Things to avoid: Tacky designs, anything too graphic
Preferred colors: Black, white, red, gold
Where the design will be used: On ebooks and print books
Extra notes: BLANKET OF BLOOD: A Synopsis
Blanket of Blood is a third person viewpoint, contemporary crime novel set in the North of England. A baby is found dead in Banktop Woods and a manhunt ensues for the mother. A serial killer is targeting young, pregnant girls and crocheting squares using the victims’ viscera. Dubbed by the media ‘the Crochet Hook Killer,’ he impales his victims’ eyes, plastinates the corpses and removes the babies from the womb.
Senior Investigating Officer on the case, Detective Inspector Gary Blood has an ex-wife who’s an alcoholic, a son who’s in a persistent vegetative state and a daughter who is a pre-op. transsexual. He’s a magnet for all the vampish women in Platenham and is regularly propositioned much to his incredulity. He acquires a stalker to the bemusement of his team.
Sue Herron is Gary Blood’s ex-sister-in-law and a Family Liaison Officer with Platenham Constabulary. She is completely unaware Gary is in love with her and considers him one of her best friends. Her daughter Rachel is a National Gymnast and her ex-husband, Trevor has severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and becomes a suspect in the Crochet Hook Murders.
An eight year old girl goes missing and Sue is given the job of FLO to the devastated family but all is not as it seems. As Sue’s own brother was abducted when they were children and she has searched for him for over thirty years, she is forced to address her own past and comes face to face with her worst nightmares.
When Sue’s daughter goes missing on the way to the gym, all the evidence suggests she is the Crochet Hook Killer’s next victim. Blood must use all his powers of deduction to save his niece and bring to justice the most sadistic murderer his force has ever seen.
The novel is told mainly from the perspective of Gary Blood and Sue Herron. The Killer’s experiences are imparted in the second-person present tense. He tells us about his abusive childhood and tries to excuse his brutal behaviour.
Set against a backdrop of Northern Town life, Blanket of Blood is a fast-paced, lively novel featuring realistic and believable characters. It includes murder and mystery; sex and relationships; social problems and politics and has been described as ‘a thumping good read.’

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