Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & True Crime, Crime & Thrillers
Paperback Published on: 28/12/2017
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Gritty, grimy and engrossing
Initially I struggled to get into this book. To me the first fifty or so pages felt a little disjointed, however I think that may have been due to me readi... READ MORE
Emma Smith at Bedford
The start of something great
A detective novel that was much more than the cliché I was expecting. A copper with all the traits of a run of the mill story detective, but with a fresh p... READ MORE
Angie Groves at Blackpool
A missing girl...
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I picked it up anyway, with it being set around Manchester, and am I glad I did. There were twists all thr... READ MORE


Waterstones Thriller of the Month for January 2018

'Jumps straight into the top league of English noir.' - The Times

Damaged, unsure, irresponsible: Detective Constable Aidan Waits is the wrong man for this job and he knows it. A teenager is missing and he is assigned to find her, lost somewhere in the drugs and lies of underworld Manchester.

From his glittering glass eyrie above the city streets, the girl’s MP father calls the shots; from the gutter, Waits crawls blindly into the darkness, his path shadowed by a conspiracy of the deepest sanctioned evil.

A hypnotic sense of place and an almost dreamlike malevolence sets Joseph Knox’s urban noir debut apart: its sequel, The Smiling Man, was published in 2018.

Joseph Knox was born and raised in and around Stoke and Manchester, where he worked in bars and bookshops before moving to London. He reads, writes and runs compulsively.

Read a Waterstones exclusive interview with Joseph Knox, discussing his debut novel Sirens.

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781784162146
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Weight: 304g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 28 mm

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"Sirens" by Joseph Knox is the edgy, debut crime novel in the Detective Constable Aidan Waits series and a cracking thriller it is too! I was totally intri... READ MORE
A Mother’s Musings
So good I immediately ordered the next book.
Introduction to an old fashioned hard boiled detective
"Sirens" is the novel in which Mr Knox introduces the character of Aidan Waits. The novel is currently being reprinted in 2018. Aidan is an English... READ MORE
Paul Lane
The 4 words above are what peaked my interest in this book. As a big fan of Crime fiction (mainly Tartan Noir) I was pleasantly surprised to see a novel se... READ MORE
marc parkinson
Dark and Compulsive
So this story is about Aidan Waits who is a police officer gone bad. He is tasked at finding the local MP's daughter who has gone missing but the MP wants ... READ MORE
Hannah Symonds