As I finish work on Agile Noir, a dramatic business novel which is not only enjoyable to read but teaches you about Agile software development, I want to show you the novel’s great book covers. These covers for Agile Noir (the English edition and the Mandarin edition) were crafted by talented artist Fauji M. Bardah.
Noir is French for black however it means more than that. Noir mystery is a subgenere where at the start of the novel, things aren’t going well for the character and try as he might, things continue to go south until in the end, the character achieves some goal which relieves much of the tension, however there’s still a feeling that the character is unsatisfied although feels lucky to have survived.
Noir Book Covers
Both book covers exhibit the noir style. In the English edition it’s night and has a smokey/foggy backdrop and shows the main character, Kartar is in serious trouble. Go ahead and click on the cover to see it’s full size and you’ll see more details. Kartar is on the run from beautiful killers who are going to make him pay for delivering his project late. His laptop shows the words “Deliver or Die !!” The street has painted in neon lines is his boss’s Gantt chart. Some of the buildings on the left side of the street display words about software life cycles such as eXtreme Programming (XP), Waterfall, and Scrum.
The Mandarin edition’s cover has a black backdrop. The poker chips show the Scrum process diagram and blood. In this edition, the story will be set in Asia’s gambling mecca, Macau.
If your looking for some great graphic art, contact Fauji at firstname.lastname@example.org. He’s a talented artist (his internet handle is Bakart) and I highly recommend him. You can see more of his work on Deviant Art and in other postings on this site. Many of the book covers you see on the right were crafted by him.