After he's caught stealing drugs from evidence, Aidan Waits is blackmailed into an undercover operation which sends him from the upper echelons of the super-rich to the low-life squalor of Manchester's drug scene. He spends his nights tailing The Franchise, a sophisticated gang operating out of the city's booming bar culture, but when David Rossiter, a powerful member of parliament, discovers that his runaway teenage daughter has turned up in their custody - everything changes. Isabelle Rossiter has joined the dangerous world of the sirens, the young women who go from bar-to-bar collecting drug money for The Franchise. Each lives in the shadow of Joanna Greenlaw, who cut a deal with the police then vanished without a trace. As Franchise members begin to die, and a toxic strain of their designer drug hits the market, it becomes clear that someone doesn't want Joanna Greenlaw to be forgotten. His loyalties divided between the police, The Franchise, the sirens and himself, Waits forgets about saving his reputation and tries desperately to save his own life.
"Sirens is a powerhouse of noir. Joseph Knox owns Manchester and paints it in all its grimy colours" -- Val McDermid "The next must-read thriller" 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
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.