Joseph Knox


"...a debut novel that deserves to be lauded the length and breadth of the country. '"


It starts with the girl. How it ends is up to DC Aidan Waits.

Isabelle Rossiter has run away again. When Aidan Waits, a troubled junior detective, is summoned to her father’s penthouse home – he finds a manipulative man, with powerful friends.

But retracing Isabelle’s steps through a dark, nocturnal world, Waits finds something else: an intelligent seventeen-year-old girl who’s scared to death of something. As he investigates her story, and the unsolved disappearance of a young woman just like her, he realizes Isabelle was right to run away.

Soon Waits is cut loose by his superiors, stalked by an unseen killer and dangerously attracted to the wrong woman. He’s out of his depth and out of time. How can he save the girl, when he can't even save himself?

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I have read many debut novels over the years but I've never read one as accomplished as Knox’s, ‘Sirens’. Written in the first person with a style all his own, Knox has created a novel that harks back to a time of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. For fans of gripping urban noir with a nod to the golden age of crime fiction, this is the novel for you. The first in a new series, ‘Sirens’ introduces us to Aidan Waits, a detective in Manchester, tricked to work underground when he steals drugs from evidence. What follows is a page-turning thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Knox's prose will draw you into his dark and dangerous world of a corrupt Manchester. You can almost feel the tension as you turn the page. You don't read about Aidan Waits, you become Aidan Waits. If Sirens doesn't win awards or go to the top of the best sellers lists there is something very wrong. This is a treat of a debut novel that deserves to be lauded the length and breadth of the country. I am an instant fan. Joseph Knox is a talent as ‘Sirens’ is a classic.

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