Here Come The Sand Men
I’m really sorry about this but I seem to have another novel coming out this summer, just as you’re getting over the arrival of ‘The Burning Man’. To be fair, I’d been working on it for three years, and it underwent a massive revision after I got notes from a New York editor who’s a friend of mine. It was called ‘Dream World’ until recently, but the title underwent a change after a similarly-titled book went ahead of me. No worries, though, as I prefer the new title. Here’s what I think the jacket blurb will say;
In Dubai there’s a new world of high-end, high-luxury resorts emerging for the super-rich – but at what price to everyone else? Lea, Roy and their 15 year-old daughter Cara move from London to a gated community reserved for foreign workers. Roy has been hired to deal with teething problems at Dream World, a futuristic beach complex.
In the oppressive heat, the wives appear happy to follow behind their husbands, cooking and arranging tea parties, but Lea finds herself a virtual prisoner in a land where Western women are regarded with suspicion on the streets. A few outsiders hate the conformity of the ex-pat community – but then one night the most outspoken one, Milo, is killed in a suspicious hit-and-run accident.
Milo’s death is the first in a string of terrible occurrences that divide the foreign workers. Lea’s neighbours start to blame migrants, Arabs and even each other. Lea is convinced that deliberate acts of cruelty are being committed – but is there a real threat to her life, or is she becoming paranoid? What if the thing she fears most is really happening? And who are the Sand Men? In a future that’s only five minutes away, in a place where only the rich are important, rebellion against conformity can lead to the unthinkable…
So, today’s question for you is this – without having read the book, which of these rough early designs do you prefer for the cover? I have a preference, but if you’d care to pick your first and second choices I will forward them to my publisher. This is writer-reader democracy in action!