• "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
  • "Gritty as hell. I loved it! A great urban cop thriller"

    Ian Rankin
  • "Sirens was one of the best books published last year and this intense, blackly comic follow-up is just as good. Joseph Knox has conjured up a sense of evil and corruption you can almost smell it."

    Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express
  • "Razor-sharp urban noir – very special indeed."

    Lee Child
  • "Sirens is a powerhouse of noir. Joseph Knox owns Manchester and paints it in all its grimy colours."

    Val McDermid
  • "Imperfect as Aidan Waits is, the Manchester DC is the shining light in a world peopled by the worst kinds of bad people. This is Knox's second Waits book in what holds the promise of a classic series."

    Sunday Times Crime Club
  • "Talents such as Knox rarely emerge more than once in a generation. A crime fiction masterpiece"

  • "If you like your crime fiction dark, gritty an contemporary, then Joseph Knox’s latest novel is for you . . . dripping with dark humour, written with style, a dark and engrossing ride through the mean streets of Manchester"

    Clair Woodward, Daily Express
  • "Promises to be a classic series"

  • "Although nominally a police procedural, The Smiling Man has the sense of place and vivid atmosphere of a classic PI novel. .. Stylish, intelligent and full of heart, Joseph Knox is the best thing to have happened to English crime fiction in years."

    Irish Times

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