Ragdoll: A Novel by Daniel ColeRagdoll: A Novel by Daniel Cole

Ragdoll: A Novel

byDaniel Cole

Paperback | December 5, 2017

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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.

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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Title:Ragdoll: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:December 5, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062653962

ISBN - 13:9780062653963

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic first novel 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.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting This book was downright addicting. I opened up to the first page and was instantly sucked into the plot. Heart-pounding, consuming and entertaining, Ragdoll had me on the edge of my seat and up late into the night. Fast paced, intricate and complex, I never once felt as if I was reading the same old story. Ragdoll felt like a breath of fresh air in a seemingly overdone genre. A classic battle between good and evil, this one will leave you gasping. Entertaining until the last page, I will be eagerly awaiting the next novel in this series and to see what William Fawkes will be up to next. And can we for a second pause and acknowledge that this is a debut…WHAT?! 5/5 stars. I’d consider it a must read.
Date published: 2017-04-04

Editorial Reviews

“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.”