In the fifth post in this ongoing 7-Day Book Covers Challenge, we’ve selected the book “Fatale” by Jean Patrick Manchette. The cover of this classic 1970s crime-thriller by the late, great French novelist Jean Patrick Manchette is a photo of a slender, young fashionable woman confidently holding a hand gun. The image matches the book title, “Fatale.” It provides a specific visual about the novel’s protagonist (robbing readers of what they might otherwise imagine she looks like), but suggests nothing specific about the narrative. The cover image is alluring, sexy and intriguing, conveying an immediate sense of danger and excitement. A thriller of an image for a thriller of a novel.