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Sirens is the brooding and assured debut from Joseph Knox, the next big name in crime fiction.

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?

Reviews

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

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

Jumps straight into the top league of English noir.

The Times

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

Sirens immediately feels like a classic, not a debut . . . a book for every crime fan.

Julia Heaberlin, author of Black Eyed Susans

An amazing thriller. Sexy, stylish suspense.

A. A. Dhand

A dark, dangerous noir, Sirens will be one of 2017’s smash hit debuts.

Nick Quantrill

A down and dirty slice of Manchester noir . . . Impressively bleak.

Shots Magazine

Page-turner is the only word for it.

Press Association

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780857524348

    January 30, 2017

    Doubleday

    384 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Hardback

    9780857524331

    February 15, 2017

    Doubleday

    400 pages

    RRP $39.99

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  • EBook

    9781473541962

    January 12, 2017

    Transworld Digital

    400 pages

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Extract

Afterwards I went back on to the night shift. They’d never trust me in the daylight again. I spent my time responding to 4 a.m. emergency calls, walking up and down dead escalators and trying not to think. I’d been good at that once. I could hardly believe it, a few months later, when I saw my breath in the air again. Saw November coming back around.

‘Shittin’ it down,’ said Sutty, refusing to get out of the car. Sometimes it was hailstones and sometimes it was slush. Tonight it was sheet rain, catching the light and cleaning down the streets. They needed it. My partner handed me his newspaper and I got out of the car, holding it over my head as an umbrella.

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