Sirens by Joseph Knox

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This was one of this month’s reads over at the English Kindle Mystery Club on Goodreads.  I will say that I waited and picked it up from the library rather than purchasing it mainly because the blurb really didn’t sound like my thing, I didn’t expect to like this.

Aiden Waits is a disgraced detective, caught breaking the rules one too many times and now he has been put into a corner where accepting the assignment of infiltrating a criminal organization undercover is really his only option.  Whilst on his undercover operation, an MP with a missing daughter decides to throw his weight around and say, “You know while you’re undercover with no back up in this incredibly dangerous situation could you just check on my runaway daughter who is hanging out with the gangsters?  You know, in your spare time.”  This sets up  the avalanche of tragic and dangerous events that follow.

This was really a great read.  I finished it in one sitting.  There are some really well drawn characters here.  The sense of place and the dismal nature of thug life along with the feelings of being entrapped within it are portrayed clearly.  There is a feeling of menace and inevitableness hanging over the story.  Aiden is a complex man and detective and it will be interesting to watch him over the course of further books. I am really happy this was picked by the club because it is not a book I would ever have picked on my own from the description!

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