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Publisher's Summary

From the acclaimed author of Sirens, damaged Detective Aidan Waits returns in a mind-bending new thriller that will have everyone asking, “Who is the Smiling Man?”

Aidan Waits is back on the night shift, the Manchester PD dumping ground for those too screwed up for more glamorous work. But the monotony of petty crimes and lonesome nights is shattered when he and his partner are called to investigate a break-in at The Palace, an immense, empty hotel in the center of the city.

There, they find the body of a man. He is dead. The tags have been cut from his clothes, his teeth have been filed down, and even his fingertips have been replaced...and he is smiling.

But as Waits begins to unravel the mystery of the smiling man, he becomes a target. Someone wants very badly to make this case disappear, and as their threats escalate, Aidan realizes the answers may lie not only with the wealthy families and organized criminals connected to the Palace, but with a far greater evil from his own past.

To discover the smiling man’s identity, he must finally confront his own.

©2019 Joseph Knox (P)2019 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“Joseph Knox writes electric novels. His prose is neon-tinted; his plotting high-wattage. A major voice in fiction, and a writer of furious talent.” (A.J. Finn, number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Woman in the Window)

"If you liked Sirens, you will love The Smiling Man. Gritty, noir, and packing a punch from the very first page." (Jane Harper, New York Times best-selling author of The Dry)

"Gritty as hell. I loved it! A great urban cop thriller" (Ian Rankin, New York Times best-selling author of the Inspector Rebus novels)

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