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  • Published: 4 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784162191
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $19.99

The Smiling Man




How do you solve the murder of a man who doesn't exist? Detective Aidan Waits returns in a brilliantly gritty crime novel.

________'Gritty as hell. I loved it. A great urban cop thriller' Ian Rankin

As heard on BBC Radio 5 Live Phil Williams ShowFrom the bestselling author of Sirens, Detective Aidan Waits is on the hunt to find the identity of The Smiling Man.________A body has been found on the fourth floor of Manchester's vast and empty Palace Hotel. The man is dead. And he is smiling.

The tags have been removed from his clothes. His teeth have been replaced. Even his fingertips are not his own. Only a patch sewn into his trousers offers any information about him.

Detective Aidan Waits and his unwilling partner, DI Sutcliffe, must piece together the scant clues to identify the stranger. But as they do, Aidan realises that a ghost from his past haunts the investigation. He soon recognises that to discover who the smiling man really is, he must first confront the scattered debris of his own life . . . ________

'Talents such as Knox rarely emerge more than once in a generation. A crime fiction masterpiece' ***** Metro

'Packing a punch from the very first page. You will love The Smiling Man' Jane Harper, author of The Dry

  • Published: 4 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784162191
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • 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.

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Praise for The Smiling Man

If you liked Sirens, you will love The Smiling Man. Gritty, noir, and packing a punch from the very first page.

Jane Harper, author of The Dry

Gritty as hell. I loved it! A great urban cop thriller

Ian Rankin

Sirens was one of the best books published last year and this intense, blackly comic follow-up is just as good. Joseph Knox has conjured up a sense of evil and corruption you can almost smell it.

Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express

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

Imperfect as Aidan Waits is, the Manchester DC is the shining light in a world peopled by the worst kinds of bad people. This is Knox's second Waits book in what holds the promise of a classic series.

Sunday Times Crime Club

Talents such as Knox rarely emerge more than once in a generation. A crime fiction masterpiece

Metro

If you like your crime fiction dark, gritty an contemporary, then Joseph Knox’s latest novel is for you . . . dripping with dark humour, written with style, a dark and engrossing ride through the mean streets of Manchester

Clair Woodward, Daily Express

Promises to be a classic series

Guardian

Although nominally a police procedural, The Smiling Man has the sense of place and vivid atmosphere of a classic PI novel. .. Stylish, intelligent and full of heart, Joseph Knox is the best thing to have happened to English crime fiction in years.

Irish Times

You can trace Aidan Waits's lineage direct from Marlowe through Bosch and Rebus — maverick sleuth with a savagely poetic turn of phrase that packs serious observation of the human condition under the laughs — though Waits has the self-sabotage knob turned up to 11. Imperfect as he is, the Manchester DC is the shining light in a world peopled by the worst kinds of bad people. This is Knox's second Waits book in what holds the promise of a classic series.

Sunday Times Crime Club

Manchester throbs with lowlife in this startling debut . . . a page-turner with a beating heart. I loved it.

Sarah Hilary

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

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