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  • Published: 12 February 2018
  • ISBN: 9781784162146
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $19.99


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

'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 WindowWATERSTONES 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?

*Reader reviews:

'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.

  • Published: 12 February 2018
  • ISBN: 9781784162146
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Joseph Knox

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. His debut novel Sirens was a bestseller and has been translated into eighteen languages.

The Sleepwalker is the third book in the Aidan Waits series.

Also by Joseph Knox

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Praise for Sirens

Knox presents the city as pungently and uncompromisingly as Ian Rankin does Edinburgh


A firecracker of a crime tale. His writing is taut, atmospheric and studded with eye-catching descriptions. An arresting new talent.


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


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.


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

Brooding, blistering. Sirens is a remarkable literary thriller, perfect for fans of Ian Rankin and James Lee Burke

A.J. Finn, bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

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