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Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017.
Justifiably already highly-praised, this debut by a young Manchester author deserves all the generous encomiums and more lavished on it. A disgraced undercover young detective is tasked to find the errant daughter of an influential but shady politician and is plunged into a fascinating descent into the demi-world of the modern Mancunian drug scene. All too soon, the case becomes intensely personal as he gets embroiled with the 'sirens' of the title, the not always innocent young women who work on the fringes of the scene as courriers or more. With terrible affection for his bruised and imperfect characters, Knox displays a master's touch in slow plot building that any veteran crime writer would envy all the way through to a bleak but satisfying ending full of humanity and dread. British Noir at its sensitive and worrying best. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
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?
Closing date: 18/04/2019
'Knox presents the city as pungently and uncompromisingly as Ian Rankin does Edinburgh' Guardian
'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' 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
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Publisher: Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication date: 12/01/2017
Publisher: Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||12th January 2017|
|Publisher:||Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
Joseph Knox was born and raised in and around Stoke and Manchester, where he worked in bars and bookshops before moving to London. He runs, writes and reads compulsively. Sirens is his first novel. Author photo © Jay BrooksMore About Joseph Knox