Joseph Knox and A. A. Dhand, two acclaimed and bestselling contemporary writers of urban noir, discuss how location influences their work and the development of their continuing broken hero characters, CI Virdee and Aidan Waits whole writing in a subculture of thriller writing steeped in violence, mobs, and greed.
A. A. Dhand brings CI Harry Virdee to the mean streets of Bradford in tense neo-noir novels. Joseph Knox was the bookseller turned bestseller who turned his darkness into his debut, Sirens. His distinctive razor-sharp urban noir returns in The Sleepwalker.
A. A. Dhand was raised in Bradford and spent his youth observing the city from behind the counter of a small convenience store. After qualifying as a pharmacist, he worked in London and travelled extensively before returning to Bradford to start his own business and begin writing. The history, diversity and darkness of the city have inspired his Harry Virdee novels.
Joseph Knox was born and raised in and around Stoke and Manchester, where he worked in bars and bookshops before moving to London. There he worked at head office Waterstones selecting the crime thrillers and classics for focus attention across the company. Now writing full time, he runs, writes and reads compulsively. His debut novel Sirens was a bestseller. The Sleepwalker is the third book in the DC Aidan Waits series.