Friday Face-Off: Noir Detective

Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover while also taking the opportunity to showcase gorgeous artwork and feature some of our favorite book covers. If you want to join the fun, simply choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme, post and compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme is:

~ a cover that has a 1920s/NOIR DETECTIVE feel

The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez

I’ve long run out of books on my “Read” shelf that fit this prompt, but luckily my “To Read” shelf still had some options on offer, so I decided to go with this book by an author I’ve enjoyed in the past. I first discovered A. Lee Martinez with his hilariously quirky Constance Verity series, and knew right away I had to seek out more of his work. The Automatic Detective is one of his older books that I’ve had on my list for a while, simply because the idea of a sci-fi, humor, and noir mystery blend greatly appealed to me. Let’s check out some of the covers:

From left to right:
Tor Books (2008) – German Paperback Edition (2009)

German Ebook Edition (2008) – Chinese Edition (2012)


Hands down, my favorite this week is the Tor edition. Can’t get more 1920s detective noir than that!

But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?

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