Cover Art Cage Match

With a little over a month before Yakuza Territory greets the masses, my publisher has whipped up a few potential covers to choose from. The problem: each one is cool in its own way. So the choice isn't as simple as it might be if, say, there was a real stinker in the bunch.

Care to cast your vote? Here they are in random order: cover options 1 through 4. Let me know why your pick is the best of the bunch, and I'll announce the one I chose in my next newsletter.

Yakuza Territory is the third installment in a future noir series I've been writing for the past three years. The first episodes are Girl of Great Price (available for pre-order) and Immaterial Evidence (on sale this month). I'm outlining the fourth story, and it's going to be a doozy full of serial killings, assassinations, kidnappings, illegal border crossings, and maybe even a mad scientist.

Here's the current tagline and blurb-in-progress for Yakuza Territory—subject to change:

A detective with no way out. 
A telepath with something to prove… 

Charlie Madison has seen more than his share of war. When he stops by the 37th precinct to check on his old friend Sergeant Douglass, the place is as quiet as a morgue. The last thing he expects to find: half a dozen gunmen with a score to settle. What starts out as a vicious Alamo-style battle soon evolves into something more sinister as Madison's past comes into play. Will his ties to a branch of the Yakuza be a help or a hindrance? Struggling to survive the night, one private eye must rely on his wits to solve a mystery where he's outnumbered, outgunned, and trapped inside a police station with a soulless killing machine.