Regarding the title, I'm not sure if everyone remembers this but it's another classic Cardassian literature reference, like Una's previous book The Never-Ending Sacrifice
Meditations on a Crimson Shadow
was another book that Garak recommended to Bashir as a classic. I'd say it's much more likely the title is a reference to that than to human noir
thrillers. Although I guess it could be both.
But yeah, the cover's dull. Maybe it's a theme, with each series' principal hardware on each book's cover. But then wasn't one of them 'no particular series' ? And didn't we already do that with the first four Typhon Pact books?