by Daniel Cole


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“A gruesome delight! Daniel Cole’s thriller Ragdoll, in which gritty detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes comes upon a single corpse stitched together out of six bodies, had me flipping pages furiously. It’s an impressive debut, dark, propulsive, and surprisingly funny.”

Gregg Hurwitz, bestselling author of Orphan X

William Fawkes, a controversial detective known as The Wolf, has just been reinstated to his post after he was suspended for assaulting a vindicated suspect. Still under psychological evaluation, Fawkes returns to the force eager for a big case. When his former partner and friend, Detective Emily Baxter, calls him to a crime scene, he’s sure this is it: the body is made of the dismembered parts of six victims, sewn together like a puppet—a corpse that becomes known as “The Ragdoll.”

Fawkes is tasked with identifying the six victims, but that gets dicey when his reporter ex-wife anonymously receives photographs from the crime scene, along with a list of six names, and the dates on which the Ragdoll Killer plans to murder them.

The final name on the list is Fawkes.

Baxter and her trainee partner, Alex Edmunds, hone in on figuring out what links the victims together before the killer strikes again. But for Fawkes, seeing his name on the list sparks a dark memory, and he fears that the catalyst for these killings has more to do with him—and his past—than anyone realizes.

With a breakneck pace, a twisty plot, and a wicked sense of humor, Ragdoll announces the arrival of the hottest new brand in crime fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062653963
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 475,520
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Daniel Cole has worked as a paramedic, an RSPCA officer, and most recently for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Ragdoll is his first novel. He lives in Bournemouth, England.

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Ragdoll: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Twink More than 1 year ago
Ragdoll is Daniel Cole's first novel - and what a heck of a lead off book! Our introduction to Detective William 'Wolf' Fawkes is through a shocking courtroom prologue. Well, with my interest definitely piqued, I quickly turned to the first chapter - and that was even more shocking. Wolf is called out to a murder - and here's the thing - it's not one body. It's six body parts - sewn together. And the killer seems to be sending a message to Wolf...... Many times a book can be deemed character or plot driven. Ragdoll is definitely plot driven with lots and lots of action. But the characters were just as well developed and important. This is the first book in a series, so the groundwork is being laid. Honestly, I really enjoyed each character - from the rash, unpredictable, unstable Wolf to the supporting cast. That cast includes Emily - a detective with anger and hostility issues. Wolf's ex wife Andrea - a television news reporter who believes the story is everything and she'll do anything to get it. Finlay is the old man on the team with only two years left 'til retirement. But I have to say my favourite was Edmunds - the newbie on the team. He's overlooked, undervalued, but tenacious. Cole's plotting kept me completely off balance throughout the book. There was no way to imagine where the story was going to go. There were so many possibilities presented for whodunit.I cannot tell you how much I appreciate being surprised by an author. There may be a few instances that I thought things were a wee bit far-fetched. But in no way did this detract from my rapid turning of pages. You'll also find some great gallows humour sprinkled throughout the book. Fair warning to gentle readers - this book is probably not for you. Crime fans like myself - an excellent read! See for yourself - read an excerpt of Ragdoll. Entertaining, page turning and addictive? Check. Looking forward to the next in the Detective William Fawkes series? Absolutely. Ragdoll has been translated into over 30 languages and production rights have been snapped. Crime fans, put this on your must read list.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
This is a Sampler of the first 5 chapters of the actual book. My thanks to the author / Orion Publishing Group / Netgalley for the uncorrected manuscript proof. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own. For a short taste of this book, I got a lot of mouth-watering details. Detective William Oliver Layton-Fawkes .. the man they all call WOLF - has an unfortunate past. No spoilers here ... but his actions drove his wife away and makes him very unpopular with other law enforcement types. But he is exceptionally good at hunting down the bad guys. And that is what he is doing now. Getting a post-haste call to an apartment building, which is ironically the building directly across from his own building, he finds one body ..but six victims. The head belongs to someone from Wolf's past ... an arm belongs to a white woman. A leg belongs to a black man. All sewn together with thick black thread. Like a puppet. The killer has strung this poor soul ..or souls ... so that it hangs prominently in one window. He has arranged a finger to be pointing directly into Wolf's window across the way. Let the games begin! . This is a different kind of serial killer .... he has a list of another 6 victims that he shares with Wolf's ex-wife. I am definitely going to get this book. I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for the detective. I think WOLF would make a terrific series character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent story. I hope the author writes more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Had a hard time putting it down to attend to normal life. Do hope to see other stories with these characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written intriguing novel. Suspense filled and difficult to put down. Vivid descriptions of personalities.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not finish.
Valerian70 More than 1 year ago
Not bad as procedural's go but rather too much about "damaged" detectives making their own rules to catch a killer for my liking - it has been done so often that it all feels a little trite and unfortunately this book gets sucked down in to that accepted trope. Whilst the murders themselves are inventive and a little different from the usual shootings and stabbings they still feel a little mechanical somehow. We have no basis for the crimes until very late in the book and that feels more tagged on than a pre-planned plot, I don't really understand why it feels this way as it is flagged quite early in the book when dealing with Wolf being sectioned in St. Ann's psychiatric wing with Joel. Apart from Edmunds most of the characters are pretty unlikeable. Baxter and Wolf in particular seem to have no redeeming characteristics and are all about "the job" and battling their personal demons very unsuccessfully. Wolf's ex-wife, Andrea, is not particularly likeable either and falls in to the story at all costs journalist type; admittedly we do have moments of almost contrition for her worst excesses but then she returns to work and compounds them. I also found it very far fetched that after commiting grievous bodily harm on a suspect that any police officer, no matter what their rank, would be allowed back in to the force in any capacity, let alone back in their previous role. There are some nice pieces of humour within the book, but of a decidedly black nature and they are no doubt intended to give us a ringside seat to the camaraderie of the police force. Unfortunately, they are few and far between and are not evocative enough - Lynda La Plante does the "humanisation" of the police so much better. The story itself is pretty stop - start and their is insufficient flow to keep you turning the pages past bedtime, putting it down is all too easy if something more interesting comes along. The denouement is rushed and there is little tension built although that is achieved with the murders of the Mayor and Rana it is sadly missing towards the end. Not a bad book but not one that makes you cheer the protagonists on in their efforts to capture the killer. The reasoning behind the murders is woolly at best and the leaps of imagination taken by Wolf and his colleagues are not real feeling in the slightest - there is only so far your gut can take you. Maybe this is why Edmunds was my favoured character in the book - little angst and a good grasp of research and investigative techniques to secure a conviction; even if he does bend the rules by using his old Fraud IT connections to move his theory along.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the characters and the plotwas suitably twisted. I just preordered his next one.
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