Finally, two accomplished novels, one by a youthful British talent, and one by an American veteran. Joseph Knox’s The Sleepwalker continues the upwards trajectory of Sirens and The Smiling Man. We are once again in the unsettling company of substance-abusing copper Aidan Waits, moving through a minatory Manchester and failing to prevent the murder of a child killer he is supposed to be protecting. Knox is proving to be among the most pithy of British crime writers, and his exuberant novels are among the best in the current field.
Oozing dread, full of surprises and with a powerful sense of outraged humanity, The Sleepwalker is Joseph Knox’s finest novel yet.