TOKYO HEIST has a cover! I’m so happy to be able to share it. Here it is!

I couldn’t be happier. Japan, especially Tokyo, features prominently in the novel, so I’m glad the city is featured here. I love the glow of the lights, the shadowy figures, and the crime scene tape. The cover artist just nailed it.

Here’s a summary of the book, also now up at GoodReads:

Sixteen-year-old Violet loves reading manga and wearing scarves made from kimono fabric, so she’s thrilled that her father’s new painting commission means a summer trip to Japan. But what starts as an exotic vacation quickly turns into a dangerous treasure hunt. Her father’s client, the wealthy Yamada family, is the victim of a high-profile art robbery. Someone has stolen van Gogh sketches from the Yamadas’ Seattle mansion, and is holding them hostage until the Yamadas can produce the corresponding van Gogh painting. The problem is that nobody knows where this painting is hidden, and until they find it, all of their lives are in danger.

Violet’s search for the missing van Gogh takes her from the Seattle Art Museum, to the yakuza-infested streets of Tokyo, to a secluded inn in Kyoto. As the mystery deepens, Violet’s not sure whom she can trust. But she knows one thing: she has to find the painting and the criminals—before it’s too late.

Other news: the book has gone to copyedits, and I have a publication date of June 14, 2012!

Here to help celebrate is the TOKYO DANCE TROOPER IN SHIBUYA. He totally captures my happy mood today, and this is a fun glimpse of Tokyo! (Thanks to my Apocalypsie sister Kathleen Peacock for bringing this to my attention!)