- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Ecco; Reprint edition (December 5, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062653962
- ISBN-13: 978-0062653963
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 98 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A smart, psychologically complex read. Think Luther (BBC) meets Harry Bosch, and toss in some dark, old-country folklore for good measure.” (Booklist)
“[A] strong first novel. . . . Cole uses the rising tension and the mystery of the killer’s true identity to create a page-turning narrative.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Daniel Cole’s Ragdoll is a bold first step in what is liable to be a spectacular career. Disturbing, taut and compelling, this book took me down the rabbit hole as only the best of thrillers can. Bravo, Mr. Cole.” (John Hart, bestselling author of Redemption Road)
“I’d give an arm or a leg to get hold of Ragdoll. . . . An exciting thriller.” (Linwood Barclay, bestselling author of the Promise Falls trilogy)
“A star is born. Killer plot. Killer pace. Twisted killer and a killer twist. Kill to get a copy.” (Simon Toyne, author of Solomon Creed)
“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)
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William “Wolf” Fawkes gets the case of a lifetime. He and his former partner, Detective Emily Baxter, arrive at a crime scene where the body is made of the dismembered parts of six victims, sewn together a corpse that becomes known as “The Ragdoll.” Wolf is tasked with identifying the six victims, but that is complicated when his ex-wife, a popular journalist, anonymously receives a list of names, and the dates on which the Ragdoll Killer plans to strike next. The final name on the list is Wolf. With a breakneck pace, a twisty plot, and a wicked sense of humor, Ragdoll is an absolutely unforgettable debut.
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The trainee Edmunds is brilliant at wading through mountains of information and digging up the facts that they need to solve the crime. In addition, he may be new in position, but he has the intestinal fortitude to stand up to his superiors when he feels that he is in the right. The entire team may be saddled with a pencil-pushing, media-hungry, wardrobe nightmare of a boss, but the detectives' immediate supervisor, Simmons, is a good man who gets right in the thick of the investigation with them and buckles down to do some of the grunt work. How often does that happen?
Emily Baxter has a terrible temper, is an even worse driver, and secretly pines for Fawkes, who knows her flaws and has been known to cover for her when necessary. Fawkes himself goes spectacularly off the rails, and this makes him very unpredictable. With these two main characters, readers are never quite sure what's going to happen.
Although the ending of Ragdoll unraveled a bit, I really enjoyed the story and the characters, and I'm looking forward to reading the next book, Hangman, which will be out at the end of July.
His ex-partner, Emily Baxter, has a whopper for him. She has discovered a crime scene where six dismembered bodies have been sewn together, creating the "Ragdoll". Wolf is tasked with identifying the six victims, but everything is turned upside down when a list of names and dates for the killer's next victims is discovered. The last name on the list is Wolf's.
So begins the process of trying to find out the identity of the Ragdoll killer. Plus, is Wolf all that he seems; the fallen detective trying to reestablish himself, or is there something darker that he's hiding?
I enjoyed this thrilling book from beginning to end. The plot is well-conceived and keeps the reader in the dark right up to the end. The best part of the book is the excellent character development. From Wolf trying to reestablish himself,
to Emily Baxter trying to sort out what her true feelings for Wolf are, and to trainee Edmunds working all hours to solve the case, author Daniel Cole has provided characters that are real and easy to relate to.
I give "Ragdoll" my highest recommendation. The story is great and the characters are real. I can't wait to read Cole's next book, "Hangman".
This book is addictive! All of our characters have quite the crooked moral compass. As I was reading Ragdoll, I was engrossed in the police procedures, oh and, kudos to the evil, manipulative media involved. I really loved that one. The plot is thick with complexity that caught me off guard. I love how gruesome and crazy the end revelation was. I wish I could say more but I can't because it would ruin the book for you. But it is twisted.
I enjoyed the different characters although I'd have to say Edmunds is my favourite. He's the typical awkward but smart character, with a dangerous side.