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?




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

"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

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

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

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

"Fresh and darkly stylish, Sirens is a striking debut that marks the arrival of a major new crime writing talent" (Chris Ewan)

"An amazing thriller. Sexy, stylish suspense" (A. A. Dhand)

"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)

"A dark, dangerous noir, Sirens will be one of 2017’s smash hit debuts" (Nick Quantrill)

"A down and dirty slice of Manchester noir . . . Impressively bleak" (Shots Magazine)