‘Brooding, blistering. Sirens is a remarkable literary thriller, perfect for fans of Ian Rankin and James Lee Burke’ AJ Finn, author of The Woman in the Window
WATERSTONES THRILLER OF THE MONTH
I stopped going to work. I went missing. We still live in a world where you can disappear if you want to. Or even if you don't.
Detective Aidan Waits is in trouble
After a career-ending mistake, he’s forced into a nightmare undercover operation that his superiors don’t expect him to survive.
Isabelle Rossiter has run away again
When the teenage daughter of a prominent MP joins Zain Carver, the enigmatic criminal who Waits is investigating, everything changes.
A single mother, missing for a decade
Carver is a mesmerising figure who lures young women into his orbit – young women who have a bad habit of disappearing. Soon Waits is cut loose by the police, stalked by an unseen killer and dangerously attracted to the wrong woman.
How can he save the girl, when he can’t even save himself?
'It is an utterly brilliant debut novel; dark, gritty, menacing and meaningful.' *****
'Compulsive reading, so well written that even the gruesome cruelty and sense of helplessness in a dark world seemed right.'*****
'Knox is always one-step ahead, deceiving the reader and creating a sexy, stylish world always with danger around every corner.' *****
The bestselling debut from the winner of the Sky Arts Writer of the Year Award, the next big name in crime fiction - Joseph Knox.
British author Knox's impressive debut plunges the reader into the darkest corners of Manchester's druggy club scene. When David Rossiter, a powerful politician, seeks help tracking down his wayward 17-year-old daughter, Isabelle, now in the orbit of drug kingpin Zain Carver, the police brass select Det. Aidan Waits, a disgraced undercover officer caught tampering with evidence, as the man for the job. Waits must go after Carver and the corrupt officers who keep him in business with little support and only the merest hope of professional and personal redemption. Waits's youth makes his being so hard-boiled a bit implausible, but Knox sets a dizzying pace and convincingly evokes the murky, unbalanced atmosphere of an empire built around drugs and money with vivid prose. As Waits, himself a drug user, peels back the layers of old cases and past loyalties, the stakes rise for him and several young women in the middle of Manchester's nightlife maelstrom. The hard-hitting action builds to a bleak, wrenching conclusion because, of course, not everyone can be saved. Agents: Antony Topping and Dan Lazar, Writers House.
Luckily, it was Christmas week when I turned the first page. By hour 48, I’d finished it. A story that made me want to read his second novel.
A great start and o his writing career. Full of twists and turns couldn't put it down
A great plot but very haphazard and chaotic.