Friday, September 17, 2010

I Need Help With A Title!

Hi All. I'm stuck trying to come up with a title for my latest book and wondered if anyone out there has any ideas!

The problem is that I write my books in pairs with matching titles. So far I have Hard Landing/Soft Target, Cold Kill/Hot Blood, Dead Men/Live Fire. All good. But my last book was called Rough Justice (I know, Jack Higgins used it recently but it was the perfect title for a story about police corruption).

Now here's my problem. I need a title to pair with Rough Justice. In the book my hero (Dan Shepherd) goes undercover on a container ship being targetted by Somali pirates, and there's a sub plot about two IRA assassins on his trail.

All I can some up with is Smooth Sailing but that's too weak, no sense of menace etc. Does anyone out there have any ideas?

40 comments:

Dave Melly. said...

Hi, how about "Stormy Weather"

Stephen Leather said...

Yeah, but the first word has to be the opposite of Rough.....

Fraser said...

The calm before the storm

Fraser said...

The calm before the storm

Angus Turnbull said...

A couple of possibles spring to mind depending on how you read 'rough';

Smooth Operator/Action/Execution
Exact Revenge
Precise Action

I'm sure more will pop up in the dark hours!

Angus Turnbull said...

A couple of possibles spring to mind depending on how you read 'rough';

Smooth Operator/Action/Execution
Exact Revenge
Precise Action

I'm sure more will pop up in the dark hours!

david melly said...

I see, then how about "Velvet plague".

verwoodruss said...

Hi Stephen, try 'Easy Prey' of Tough Waters'.
All the best and can't wait for the next read.

kyndredspyryt said...

Pacific Vendetta (Pacific as in pacify/calm)
Velvet Terror
Smooth Shot
Shining Shot
Velvet Marauder
Calm Assassin
Calm Fury
Fine Rage

I shall keep thinking...

Sooz

Cartouche said...

'Rogue wave'. Its a deadly freak tidal wave, common in the southern ocean especially. These waves are up to 25 metres plus and can take out the superstructure on a container ship. Sorry the inner nerd is creeping out.
Anyhow, its a two worder, also 'Ripple effect,' 'still water.

Sure it will come Stephen.

Cartouche

Anonymous said...

I know that this is not an exact oposite but as this is about a boat what about "Dead calm," or "Calm but deadly," or "Plain sailing."

From Joy.

Andrew said...

Smooth Criminals

(I know it's similar to the song title, but that's without the 'S'.)

kyndredspyryt said...

Are you watching Spooks tonight (20th Sep)??

How freaky?!!

Sooz.

Anonymous said...

Hi Stephen. I have just finished reading my first Stephen leather book, namely Live Fire. Can I just say what an engrossing read it was, and what made it even better is the fact that I am currently in Thailand and can relate to the small details in your book. Secondly my line of work allows me to appreciate the 'research' that has gone into your work prior to writing and this only makes reading the story so much more fascinating. With regards a title, I like the word Slick as an opposite to rough, perhaps 'Slick Operation'? Regards, Muzz

Funkdoctor said...

"Level persuit" is the best I can come up with. It avoids the word "smooth" and is still an atonym to rough. He is persuing and being persued if I read correctly, so that's the play on words.

Hope that helps.

djmikefunkdoctor@gmail.com

Funkdoctor said...

Christ I'm having a time here trying to get through the ID crap. Try "Level persuit" He's being chased and he is on the chase. Level is an atonym to to rough so that should do it.

Paul Beech said...

Hi - 'Smooth Blade' - any use?

SteveO said...

Sleek Infraction or
Smooth Infraction.

Anonymous said...

What about Calm Revenge?

DALE said...

Hi Steve, This holds no relevence to your title! However, I have never really read books until my pal introduced me to your'chinaman', I am now utterly addicted to your books - I am really into the dan spider books but want to read the rest in order they should be - iv read hard landing, live fire, soft target and dead men - in that order. So.... Would you be able to email me with the order that all your books should be read? mostly the dan spider books - they are just amazing, cant put them down, although they have got me into trouble at home and at work as I cant stop reading them and I have a habbit of shouting at the book when hes in action!!!

This would be greatly appreciated, just want to get stuck into the next one asap

Many thanks
Dale

Stephen Leather said...

Hi Dale - if you go to my website at www.stephenleather.com you'll find all my books in order on the Books Page. Also at the front of all my books there should be a list starting with Pay Off and ending with Rough Justice. I hope you enjoy them!

Anonymous said...

Opposite of rough could be calm, even, level, flat etc.
Given that you say Shepherd will be pursued by assasins, the only ones I could think of are;

'Even Bait'

'Flat Hunt'

'Even Keel' (kill)

'Level engagement'

However although it breaks with the theme I prefer, 'Rogue wave' . Good luck with it.

Cartouche

carolyn castle said...

Smooth Talker

carolyn castle said...

smooth talker

carolyn castle said...

Thanks for using my name in Rough Justic, my Andy Warhol moment
Carolyn Castle

Charlie Kawczynski :) said...

The best I could come up with is Smooth Passage which is similar to your title.... good luck :)

Stephen Leather said...

Glad you spotted it, Carolyn! ;-)

Stephen Leather said...

Glad you spotted it, Carolyn! ;-)

Janet said...

HI stephen, How about "Smooth passage" or perhaps "Even Keel"

Muzz said...

Hey Stephen, tried dropping you a message whilst in Thailand, however not sure if it worked?

My idea for a title is 'Slick Operation'. Apart from slick being in total contrast to rough, the idea of being on a ship, with inclement weather and perhaps the deck of the ship being a slick surface, I thinks it sounds appropriate. Just bought Rough Justice and loving it, keep up the good work. Muzz

Leslie Stevenson said...

The Dead Sea

Anonymous said...

smooth vengeance

gaz lomax said...

smooth vengeance would be a decent title

gaz lomax said...

just finished the first jack nightingale book and january cant come quick enough !! fantastic read im just glad iv now got rough justice to keep me on the edge of my seat at night !! three legends in the making DAN "SPIDER " SHEPHERD ,JACK NIGHTINGALE & STEPHEN LEATHER thanks for bringing these three people into my life

lesley said...

i have posted on amazon with this suggestion but how about calm tides

Anonymous said...

smooth revenge

mike wilson said...

smooth crossing
mike
(simple with connotations?)

Anonymous said...

Try Dead Even

Lesley said...

Too Much ryder Cup I Think

But "Gulf Course" Maybe?

Ps I hate Golf but love your books

carolyn castle said...

Another couple of ideas
Gentle Persuasion
Insidious Corruption