|Illustration by Isabel Samaras|
|Illustrations above and below by paintings by John John Jesse|
These made me want to see what other Actes Noirs looked like, and I'm glad I did. Though I'm not sure that limiting the artwork to a small oval is always the best treatment for it, it does give the series the feeling of a number of alarming and creepy scenes glimpsed through a keyhole. As a non-French-speaker, I can't work out who the artists and designers for these books are, but here are those that most struck me.
UPDATE: However, the inestimably wondrous Derek has done some sleuthing, and found several of the artists responsible, including those for the Larssons above, so I've added their details under the relevant covers.
|This and a number of the other illustrations are the work of Nicoletta Ceccoli|
I can't tell you how much I prefer this approach to the usual UK/US crime novel cover cliches of scratched-up, oversized type, murky stock photos of hands/mouths/silhouettes, and random blood spatter.