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, published by Transworld in the UK in spring 2017. It is the first in a series featuring Detective Aiden Waits. THE SMILING MAN, published in March 2018 also by Transworld is the second in the DC Aidan Waits series and is a Sunday Times Bestseller.