The Smiling Man - Aidan Waits (Hardback)Joseph Knox (author)
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From the bestselling author of Sirens, Detective Aidan Waits returns - on the hunt to find the identity of The Smiling Man.
I usually experienced the presence of a dead body as an absence, but in this case, it felt like a black hole opening up in front of me.
Disconnected from his history and careless of his future, Detective Aidan Waits has resigned himself to the night shift. An endless cycle of meaningless emergency calls and lonely dead ends. Until he and his partner, Detective Inspector Peter `Sutty' Sutcliffe, are summoned to The Palace, a vast disused hotel in the centre of a restless, simmering city.
There they find the body of a man. He is dead. And he is smiling. The tags have been removed from the man's clothes. His teeth filed down and replaced.
Even his fingertips are not his own. Only a patch sewn into the inside of his trousers gives any indication as to who he was, and to the desperate last act of his life...
But even as Waits puts together the pieces of this stranger's life, someone is sifting through the shards of his own. When the mysterious fires, anonymous phone calls and outright threats escalate, he realises that a ghost from his own past haunts his every move. And to discover the smiling man's identity, he must finally confront his own.
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 685 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 37 mm
Praise for Sirens
'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
'Manchester throbs with lowlife in this startling debut... a page-turner with a beating heart. I loved it.' - Sarah Hilary
'An arresting new talent' - Metro
'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