Ragdoll: Daniel Cole 5 Stars
Author: Daniel Cole
Genre: Crime. Mystery
Published: 28th February 2017
Published in Australia by Hachette Australia
A body is discovered with the dismembered parts of six victims stitched together like a puppet, nicknamed by the press as the 'ragdoll'.
Assigned to the shocking case are Detective William 'Wolf' Fawkes, recently reinstated to the London Met, and his former partner Detective Emily Baxter.
The 'Ragdoll Killer' taunts the police by releasing a list of names to the media, and the dates on which he intends to murder them.
With six people to save, can Fawkes and Baxter catch a killer when the world is watching their every move?
This book is such a memorable read.
It is an extravaganza of madness, murder and mayhem and it spins along at breakneck speed!
For starters, there’s the outrageously improbable plot:
Six people are murdered, parts of their bodies are stitched together to create one monstrous corpse. When closely examined, each part contains a clue to the identity of the victim.
Next comes the Death List which contains not only the names of future victims but the date on which they will be murdered.
This list has been made public, sent to Andrea, a TV newsreader. Her awful boss decides to wring every last drop of publicity from it by featuring a prime time countdown to the proposed murders.
The two prominent detectives on the case are DS William Oliver Layton-Fawkes aka “Wolf” and DS Emily Baxter. Now if you like your fictional cops to be psychologically messed up, then you will love these two!
Fawkes did something unthinkable, got kicked out of the force straight in to a mental health facility. However ….
As things turned out, his crime was later viewed as being morally justified, the great British Public demanded his reinstatement so, when he was all better, he was back on the job.
DS Emily Baxters' troubles are not so obvious to the onlooker, but keep your eye on that one!
Emily is babysitting Edmunds, a young detective who has transferred from Fraud. Edmunds is reasonably normal, or was before his transfer.
What with the elaborate and quite spectacular plot, the black humour, the monstrous crimes and the crazy, unrestrained characters, my review is merely scratching the surface of this complex story.
Daniel Cole has created something that ought to be a great big blockbuster of a movie.
Review paperback copy provided by Hachette Australia