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The Smiling Man

An Aidan Waits Thriller

by Joseph Knox

The Smiling Man by Joseph Knox X
The Smiling Man by Joseph Knox
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    Jan 2019, 400 pages

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Donna Chavez
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Multiple dark story arcs spiral through the follow-up to Joseph Knox's noir debut Sirens, as Detective Constable Aiden Waits' past spills into the investigation of an unidentified murder victim.

Joseph Knox's latest turns on a simple premise: an unidentified and unidentifiable murdered man is discovered in the fourth floor suite of an abandoned hotel in Manchester. This ought to be enough drama for night shift partners Detective Constable Aiden Waits and his superior, DI Peter Sutcliffe (Sutty). But then Knox throws in an unconscious hotel security guard, soon-to-be-divorced hotel co-owners battling over custody of the classic building, a string of dustbin fires, and a right wing media type who secretly videos his numerous liaisons. And that's just for starters.

I was hooked at the dead man. When Waits and Sutty find the victim he is seated, facing a window that overlooks Europe's busiest bus route, his lips peeled back in a grotesque rictus. Sutty is quick to sardonically dub him "the smiling man" because there are no clues to his identity. There is no wallet, credit card, ...

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