The Smiling Man

The Smiling Man

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

From the bestselling author of Sirens, Detective Aidan Waits is on the hunt to find the identity of The Smiling Man.

Disconnected from his history and careless of his future, Detective Aidan Waits has resigned himself to the night shift. An endless cycle of meaningless emergency calls and lonely dead ends. Until he and his partner, Detective Inspector Peter `Sutty' Sutcliffe, are summoned to The Palace, a vast disused hotel in the centre of a restless, simmering city.

There they find the body of a man. He is dead.

And he is smiling.

The tags have been removed from the man's clothes. His teeth filed down and replaced. Even his fingertips are not his own. Only a patch sewn into the inside of his trousers gives any indication as to who he was, and to the desperate last act of his life...

But even as Waits puts together the pieces of this stranger's life, someone is sifting through the shards of his own.

When the mysterious fires, anonymous phone calls and outright threats escalate, he realises that a ghost from his own past haunts his every move.

And to discover the smiling man's identity, he must finally confront his own.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 29mm | 537g
  • DOUBLEDAY
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0857524410
  • 9780857524416
  • 313,828

Review Text

"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 20180219
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Review quote

"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 "Razor-sharp urban noir - very special indeed." -- Lee Child "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 * "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 *
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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. Sirens is his first novel.
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Rating details

1,160 ratings
4.19 out of 5 stars
5 39% (458)
4 44% (506)
3 14% (166)
2 2% (21)
1 1% (9)
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