It’s Friday the 13th, so lock the doors, dive into your covers, and curl up with The Sketch Artist written by Teresa Ge, translated by Guan Zhong! We’ve been teasing this crime thriller for the last couple of weeks, and in fact held a reader vote to select the cover. “B” won out during the vote, but we also heard your voices and GZ has put together this new take on the cover!
GZ is an amazing translator who cut his teeth translating on SPC.net and classical Chinese works, and you might’ve already seen some of his work with regards to wuxia novel covers and Nie Yinniang.
This is also volare’s first direct partnership with an author, and Teresa has shown great interest in the scene. She’s commented and shared our Facebook posts, so give her a wave in the comments! The Sketch Artist is a dual MC novel that will call out to CSI, NCIS, Elementary, and Sherlock fans. Sketch artist Zhang Chi is the hippie/emotional/play-it-by-ear type and officer Gu Shi is the serious/cold/analytical/scientific one. They end up as partners solving a murder in a novel that may very well be the first to grace the scene.
From the novel itself:
A battle of skill between police and criminal suspects, the only weapon a pencil! See how these young Chinese investigators use intelligence and conviction to restore truth to the world.
One Portrait. Twenty-four sketches. Over ten thousand drafts. More than thirty brutal murders. A single trace of evidence, dozens of tests, over a thousand inferences, six cunning suspects and unique situations…In The Sketch Artist, police sketch artist Zhang Chi and trace specialist Gu Shi walk hand in hand down a dangerous road, confronting a diabolical, hidden villain. Close comrades-in-arms or intimate lovers, when facing life or death it’s all instantly insignificant.
But can these ardent young officers win the respect they deserve? When deadly peril strikes will they have the courage to respond? Can these closely-joined lovers rely on their remarkable special skills to defeat the hidden murderer? Wait and see…
GZ has a number of delicious chapters for you to nom on already, so please give him and The Sketch Artist a warm and sparkly welcome!