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Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (12 Jan. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085752433X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857524331
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.3 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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)

"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)

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

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By sevenpin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Jan. 2017
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This is a bleak, atmospheric and compulsive debut novel by this author. It is Manchester Noir at its finest, trawling through the rain sodden and dark nights of the violent and brutal criminal underbelly of the city. The eponymous Sirens are the young women drug cash collectors from the pubs and clubs for the drug lord Zain Carver. These women have no option of leaving the trade, and are facing a short and deadly future. Aidan Waits is working undercover in this dark murky world with the aim of infiltrating Carter's empire. He is a disgraced cop caught stealing drugs. We enter a harrowing world where its often difficult to differentiate between the criminals, the police and the politicians.

David Rossiter MP has a teenage daughter, Isabelle, who has fallen in with Carter, and wants Aidan to keep an eye on her. She is often seen at the Fairview parties at Carter's home. Joanna Greenlaw was a Carter Siren who disappeared 10 years ago after agreeing to testify against Carter. Aidan gets involved with Catherine, a present day Siren who disappears after being taken by Sheldon White, a recently released Burnsider gang leader. Despite all Aidan's efforts to protect Isabelle, he finds her dead after an overdose from a toxic batch of Eight (Heroin). This in turn propels Aidan and Zain to discover the fatal repercussions in the house of horror at Sycamore. It is beginning to look as if Carter's reign as drug kingpin is being undermined and under threat. Aidan follows the multiple threads at great cost to himself and the ever increasing body count. There is deception, betrayal, heartbreak and twists.

This is an arresting debut for Joseph Knox with a totally gripping narrative. The writing is visceral, lucid and brilliant.
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Well-paced, well-written, a cracking novel in the crime thriller genre. The main character is semi-rogue Detective Aidan Waits who is sent to inflitrate the crime underworld in search of the missing daughter of a leading socialite. Soon he is drawn into the world of thugs, shady deals and buzzing nightclubs.

Knox doesn't waste words - which is good, as there is nothing worse than waffle - and although there are plenty of stock characters in this type of genre, the net effect is the story develops well, without getting bogged down in detail.

Waits, down on his luck and suspended from the police force, is an undercover cop, who soon makes acquaintance with villain, Zain Carver, whom he is sent to shadow, and who is surrounded by various mystery females, and 'love interests' for Waits, from whence the title of the book derives. Waits soon sets into place a clever double-cross: in with both the police and the criminals. Lines blur as the reader remains unsure what drives Waits.

It is a good plot, with a missing woman from ten years ago, the mysterious blonde in one of the chain of bars, other women, collectors of the proceeds of drug-dealing, the socialite and chief police, Wait's boss, with hidden agendas of their own.

At first, I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the book, but very soon, Knox' confident well-honed writing style pulled me into the story. I haven't finished it yet, and look forward to finding out how it all unfurls.

Quite a masculine Hemingway-type action novel.
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Where do I start… Well, don’t start this book if you want to have a life outside of reading this novel. I always wanted to read one more chapter – they are small, giving a fast pace to the story, so just one more chapter, and then some more…

Joseph Knox has produced a book that I found totally gripping. It is very dark and takes you to the underbelly of Manchester with all its usual sordid actors, lost causes and including the fallen detective. Totally up my street. A bit like a very good TV series. In fact, the character and situation description is very good and precise, making it very vivid and in my mind, I was there, a spectator seeing everything unfolding. I like the fact this book takes place in a city I know and like very much (which is why I chose it), though I am pleased I never encountered people like the ones in the book…

I thought the plot was very plausible and well-staged. This was a gripping read that left me wanting for more.

Overall, this was a highly well-crafted novel taking you on a journey in a very sombre world. Great book!
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As soon as I saw the cover of Sirens I knew it was one I had to read, the iconic Manchester skyline dominated by the Beetham Tower which brings back some very happy personal memories for me. Living near Manchester, I’m very familiar with the city but after reading Sirens I think that I may be looking over my shoulder a lot more when I’m up town from now on!

As a huge fan of gritty crime dramas I have felt recently that poor Manchester has lost out to its more popular crime fiction cousins, London, Glasgow and even Liverpool. But Manchester brings it’s dark side to this brilliantly gripping debut novel, laying down a carpet of bleakness on that gloomy urban landscape to give us a cracking crime thriller. Right from the first few foreboding pages I was hooked. Aiden Waits is my kind of antihero-a bad boy detective who doesn’t follow the law himself, he drinks, takes drugs and as for the women…..he certainly isn’t someone I would engage to find my teenage daughter! He definitely has issues that affect his judgement but his sullen, brooding personality masks his intensity to succeed no matter what the cost. I just loved him! I need more Waits in my life!

At the centre of a lot of the action was the Beetham Tower which I felt practically stood out as a character in its own right as it involved itself in the various plot threads. A stark and lonely figure, the skyscraper cuts an unexpected and curious prominence watching over the busy and noisy city like a silent judge (the local folklores surrounding the tower are fascinating reading for anyone interested by the way!)

Joseph Knox has written a wonderfully realistic crime thriller here, gutsy, dark and atmospheric.
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