Book cover: Hard boiled

Challenge #84 in the The Art Director series. Hosted by jezsik.
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The author writes detective novels in the Raymond Chandler tradition and needs a jacket cover. The black and white image must be full of shadows, mysterious and high contrast to keep with the mood of the story. A face deep in shadow would work, so would a still life of a glass of whiskey and a few spent bullet casing. As a hard boiled detective novel, it needs a hard boiled cover, tough, dangerous and no nuance. The image can be a single shot or a composition of two or more shots. The test titles for the book includes "Last call," "Darkness whispered my name," "You always die alone," and "Death leaves a message."
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you always die alone
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Submitted: Wednesday, 8th August, 2012 17:58 (GMT)
Taken: Saturday, 21st July, 2012
Focal length: 55 mm
Shutter speed: 1/800 sec
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 3200
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