A Novel

Book - 2017 | First American edition
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"The breathtakingly propulsive and stunningly assured debut thriller, perfect for readers of Tana French, Don Winslow and Dennis Lehane A detective goes undercover in Manchester ... The mission is suicide. Infiltrating the inner circle of enigmatic criminal Zain Carver is dangerous enough. Pulling it off while also rescuing Isabelle Rossiter, a runaway politician's daughter, from Zain's influence? Impossible. That's why Aidan Waits is the perfect man for the job. Disgraced, emotionally damaged, and despised by his superiors. In other words, completely expendable. But Aidan is a born survivor. And as he works his way deep into Zain's shadowy world, he finds that nothing is as it seems. Zain is a mesmerizing, Gatsby-esque figure who lures young women into his orbit--women who have a bad habit of turning up dead. But is Zain really responsible? And will Isabelle be next? Before long, Aidan finds himself in over his head, cut loose by his superiors, and dangerously attracted to the wrong woman. How can he save the girl if he can't even save himself?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2017]
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781524762872
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 09, 2018

For every hit, toke, tab, line, and shot taken, someone in the background of drug dealing has died. Someone else has been enslaved, another person is forced into the sex trade, or a cop has been corrupted. The only exceptions might be homegrown in your backyard. Scoring prescriptions-just means you will most likely die. This is my background. I know this.
So does Joseph Knox as he so ably demonstrates in his outstanding debut “Sirens”. “Siren’s” dark gritty world might be different from the real world, but not by much. Knox has nailed the ugliness of the drug trade, whether it’s in Manchester, England or Jackson, Ms.
Siren’s disgraced cop Aiden Waits is given a chance for redemption by going even deeper into the circle of a notorious drug dealer. His entry card is he goes in as himself, a cop caught stealing drugs. Waits is then given the additional task of watching and reporting on the seventeen year old daughter of a politician. This is in addition to his two main tasks, discovering corrupt cops and finding out what happened to a witness who disappeared ten years ago.
Women who are part of Carver’s “charmed “circle start dying or disappearing. Waits is pretty sure he is responsible for some of this through the law of unintended consequences and spirals even deeper into self-destruction.
The threads of Waits’ separate assignments are in turn masterfully woven together or split into divergent paths, always keeping the reader on edge, turning to the next page.
Abandoned by his superiors, sought by his enemies, he turns to his one friend The Bug, who actually qualifies as two friends.
Knox dares his readers to take a dark journey that will stay with them for a long time. He is an expert tour guide of this bleak world, whether it is in describing the moral emptiness of a character, the cold heartless city or the small spark of humanity that remains inside most of us, even the empty ones.
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. (less)


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