The Smiling Man, Joseph's second novel featuring Detective Aidan Waits, is now available in book shops and online. 

Some early feedback on The Smiling Man:

'Knox writes electric novels. A major voice in fiction, and a writer of furious talent.' (A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window)

'Knox’s first novel was pedal-to-the-floor stuff, and this is even more powerful. One thing is sure: Knox is no one-hit wonder.' (Barry Forshaw, The Guardian)

'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)


Sirens is Joseph's debut novel. Available now at local book stores and online:

Sirens reviewed:

'Razor-sharp urban noir – very special indeed.' (Lee Child)

'Thrilling, breathless stuff.' (The Observer)

'Sirens immediately feels like a classic, not a debut . . . a book for every crime fan.' (Julia Heaberlin, author of Black Eyed Susans)

'Sirens is the best British crime debut of the last five years.' (Crimescene Magazine

'Sirens is a powerhouse of noir. Joseph Knox owns Manchester and paints it in all its grimy colours.' (Val McDermid)

'Manchester throbs with lowlife in this startling debut . . . a page-turner with a beating heart. I loved it.' (Sarah Hilary)

'Knox presents the city as pungently and uncompromisingly as Ian Rankin does Edinburgh.' (The Guardian)

'A firecracker of a crime tale. His writing is taut, atmospheric and studded with eye-catching descriptions. An arresting new talent.' (Metro)