The publisher didn't much care for this image, but I liked the initial sketch and thought it fit the pulp fiction vibe. I wanted it to look as though it might have been on a shelf somewhere, well-read and a little beat up. They finally agreed. Plus, the whole story is right there on the cover:
The back cover continues that theme and gives some (but not all) of the details.
We are looking at a mid-May release. The ebook edition (which comes FREE with the paperback) includes the entire 1931 catalog of Frank Marshall, the real-life puppet maker fictionalized in The Dummy Case. Both editions include his biography, as well as the biography of famous ventriloquist Jimmy Nelson, also a character in this story.
Pre-orders will be available soon wherever books and ebooks are sold.