Happy Birthday, Turk! by Jakob Arjouni. War violence meets childlike simplicity in this design. Who would guess the two could go together? Yet the message is executed marvelously with this cover, as is usually the case with Arjouni novels. The black background efficiently offsets the red and greyscale color scheme. The title and author sit within what appear to be cutouts, giving the design a rough, crafted feel. The knife, too, looks like a one-dimensional cutout that is nevertheless creepy in its spattered and cruelly-shaped state. The “blood” running off the knife is like a ball of yarn, something that a child could have crafted. This roughly-hewed design exhibits a dangerous yet childish approach to a clever war thriller.
Readers’ Average Rating: B