Sirens by Joseph Knox
It starts with the girl. How it ends is up to DC Aidan Waits.
Isabelle Rossiter has run away again.
When Aidan Waits, a troubled junior detective, is summoned to her father’s penthouse home – he finds a manipulative man, with powerful friends.
But retracing Isabelle’s steps through a dark, nocturnal world, Waits finds something else. An intelligent seventeen-year-old girl who’s scared to death of something. As he investigates her story, and the unsolved disappearance of a young woman just like her, he realizes Isabelle was right to run away.
Soon Waits is cut loose by his superiors, stalked by an unseen killer and dangerously attracted to the wrong woman. He’s out of his depth and out of time.
How can he save the girl, when he can’t even save himself?
Isabelle Rossiter has run away again!
The novel opens with the complex case of a missing teenager and the detective trying to hold himself together to effectively investigate.
Detective Constable Aidan Waits is summoned to Beetham Tower. An era the boasts the Hilton hotel and some prestigious penthouse suites. The Tower block reminds him of a previous case where an ‘underage sex worker’ from the Czech Republic fell to her death. After being sold into sex trafficking my her father at just 14 years old and having experienced a life of sexual degradation, it was ruled a suicide. Wait’s however, never believed this to be so. This sets the pace and intensity for the novel straight from the go. There is a wealth of unsavoury characters, especially those whom prey upon the vulnerability in others.
Wait’s is met by Detective Sargent Conway and Detective Kernick.
Kernick taking an instant dislike to Wait’s presence at the penthouse. I gathered there was more to this back story and was dying to discover what secrets lurk in Wait’s past.
The penthouse belongs to David Rossiter Tory MP and Secretary of state. Also a barrister by trade, he is concerned about the month long disappearance of his 17 years old daughter Isabelle but wary of bad press. He calls on Waits to ‘off the books’ and discreetly look into Zain Carver a local drug dealer. Who is a known acquaintance of Isabelle’s recently.
There is a wealth of criminal characters and the drug underworld is fully explained. I found this truly eye-opening and I read hundreds of novels every year! There is also a reflection back to a cold case, the Greenlaw appeal is due any moment. An appeal of information into the disappearance of Joanna Greenlaw, who vanished and has never been seen again. Are the two cases related? If so how? Leading to a classic quote from Wait’s “I don’t make assumptions, I only know what I see”
This is an edgy novel that fully explores the effects of urban decay, power and corruption in city life!