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Sirens - Aidan Waits (Paperback)

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Waterstones Thriller of the Month for January 2018

"Jumps straight into the top league of English noir." - The Times

Damaged, unsure, irresponsible: Detective Constable Aidan Waits is the wrong man for this job and he knows it. A teenager is missing and he is assigned to find her, lost somewhere in the drugs and lies of underworld Manchester.

From his glittering glass eyrie above the city streets, the girl’s MP father calls the shots; from the gutter, Waits crawls blindly into the darkness, his path shadowed by a conspiracy of the deepest sanctioned evil.

A hypnotic sense of place and an almost dreamlike malevolence sets Joseph Knox’s urban noir debut apart: its sequel, The Smiling Man, is published in March.

Joseph Knox was born and raised in and around Stoke and Manchester, where he worked in bars and bookshops before moving to London. He reads, writes and runs compulsively. 

Read a Waterstones exclusive interview with Joseph Knox, discussing his debut novel Sirens.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781784162146
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 304 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Knox presents the city as pungently and uncompromisingly as Ian Rankin does Edinburgh." - The Guardian

"Jumps straight into the top league of English noir." - The Times

"A noir in that great tradition of the American writers James M Cain and Dashiel Hammet... it reminded me a bit of Chandler's LA, the whole city is corrupt, the authority figures are as bad as the criminals." - Jake Kerridge on Open Book, Radio 4

"A firecracker of a crime tale. His writing is taut, atmospheric and studded with eye-catching descriptions. An arresting new talent." - Metro

"Razor-sharp urban noir - very special indeed." - Lee Child

"Sirens is a powerhouse of noir. Joseph Knox owns Manchester and paints it in all its grimy colours." - Val McDermid

"Thrilling, breathless stuff." - The Observer

"The dark, gritty underbelly of Manchester is captured with eviscerating authenticity in this debut ... This is urban noir at its freshest and most ferocious." - Daily Mail

"Manchester throbs with lowlife in this startling debut ... a page-turner with a beating heart. I loved it." - Sarah Hilary

"This is an excellent read; it feels both classic and completely new and is remarkably assured for a first outing." - Stylist

"Gripping, powerfully compelling debut." - Daily Express

"Waits' first fictional outing is a shadowy, disturbing narrative and once you start reading it's hard to resist the call. Sirens is the best British crime debut of the last five years." - Crimescene Magazine

"A fierce, assured and utterly compelling debut ... A Ross MacDonald for the 21st century." - Stav Sherez

"Great read. A powerful piece of Manchester noir, brutal, poignant and dark as tar." - Cath Staincliffe

"Fresh and darkly stylish, Sirens is a striking debut that marks the arrival of a major new crime writing talent." - Chris Ewan

The Armchair Murders Book Club Reads 'Sirens'

The Armchair Murders Book Club Reads 'Sirens'

London - Piccadilly
Wednesday 7th March 19:00

The Armchair Murders Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 7th March at 7pm. This month we are reading Sirens by Joseph Knox.

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Julia Heaberlin & Joseph Knox in Conversation

Julia Heaberlin & Joseph Knox in Conversation

Nottingham
Tuesday 17th April 18:30

Two best-selling thriller writers, Julia Heaberlin and Joseph Knox, join us tonight in the Sillitoe Room at Waterstones Nottingham,

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“Fantastic, Gritty!”

A dark, gritty, dirty and drug infused read set in Manchester.

This is a book you will hear yourself saying just one more chapter then all of a sudden you have completely finished. This book kept me on the edge of my... More

Hardback edition
21st January 2017
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Trevor

“Fast and furious but lacking soul..”

Joseph Knox is one of a new breed of crime writers creating gritty stories based around the northern industrial gang ridden Manchester belt. What he does he does extremely well exposing vice and corruption in the... More

Hardback edition
11th February 2017
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“Quicksand”

Starting the book is like taking a walk in boggy marsh land ... and before you know it you're stuck in quicksand ... You want to get out of it, away from the book and resume with your daily chores but its mood... More

Hardback edition
12th February 2017
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