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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?
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 34mm | 645g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 085752433X
  • 9780857524331
  • 259,766

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Gripping, powerfully compelling debut
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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
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About 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 Smiling Man and The Sleepwalker are the second and third books in the series.

True Crime Story is a standalone.
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3,220 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 24% (788)
4 41% (1,306)
3 26% (830)
2 7% (217)
1 2% (79)
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