The Smiling Man
‘Gritty as hell. I loved it. A great urban cop thriller
’ Ian Rankin
As heard on BBC Radio 5 Live Phil Williams Show
From the bestselling author of Sirens, Detective Aidan Waits is on the hunt to find the identity of The Smiling Man.
A body has been found on the fourth floor of Manchester’s vast and empty Palace Hotel. The man is dead. And he is smiling.
The tags have been removed from his clothes. His teeth have been replaced. Even his fingertips are not his own. Only a patch sewn into his trousers offers any information about him.
Detective Aidan Waits and his unwilling partner,
DI Sutcliffe, must piece together the scant clues to identify the stranger. But as they do, Aidan realises that a ghost from his past haunts the investigation. He soon recognises that to discover who the smiling man really is, he must first confront the scattered debris of his own life . . .
'Talents such as Knox rarely emerge more than once in a generation. A crime fiction masterpiece' *****
'Packing a punch from the very first page. You will love The Smiling Man' Jane Harper, author of
"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 20180219
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. His debut novel Sirens was a bestseller and has been translated into eighteen languages. The Smiling Man and The Sleepwalker are the second and third books in the series.
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