January 12th 2017 | Doubleday | Hardbacks

Photo: Jay Brooks Smaller

In his debut novel, Sirens, Joseph Knox tells the story of Isabelle Rossiter, who 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 Isabelle's story, and the unsolved disappearance of a young woman just like her, he realises she 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?

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. He says: “Sirens is a secret I’ve been keeping for years, writing around bar jobs and book selling. The novel grew out of night-walking around Manchester and seeing a whole other side to the city.”

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