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Ragdoll, Daniel Cole

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Ragdoll
Title
Ragdoll
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Daniel Cole
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Rag doll
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eng
Summary
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
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  • Four years ago, DS William Oliver Layton-Fawkes (known to the London public as Wolf) hunted serial killer Naguib Khalid. When the defense’s mind-bending assault on Wolf’s case resulted in Khalid’s acquittal, Wolf brutally attacked Khalid, intent on preventing more deaths. The assault landed Wolf in a psych ward, but the Met Police brings him back on the job after Khalid is caught killing another victim. Now, Wolf is hunting the Ragdoll, a cunning killer who has merged parts from six victims into a Frankensteinian corpse. As detectives scramble to identify the six victims, the killer announces his next targets’ names and times of death, including Wolf as his grand finale. When Wolf fails to protect the first victim on the killer’s list, London’s mayor, he’s confronted with his team’s distrust and his own self-doubt. Ragdoll’s inventive ability to sidestep his preys’ protection and the thoughtful evolution of Wolf’s character make for a smart, psychologically complex read. Think Luther (BBC) meets Harry Bosch, and toss in some dark, old-country folklore for good measure. -- Tran, Christine (Reviewed 2/15/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 12, p33)
  • Set in London, Cole’s strong first novel—a gritty fusion of police procedural, mystery, and thriller—follows emotionally unstable detective William “Wolf” Fawkes as he attempts to track down a killer who dismembers his victims and stitches various body parts back together to create a nightmarish single “ragdoll.” As a team of overworked investigators diligently searches for clues, it becomes apparent that all the victims are somehow connected to a highly controversial case in Fawkes’s past, one that involved freeing a man suspected of being London’s most prolific serial killer (27 teenage prostitutes killed in 27 days). When the press receives a list of the killer’s future victims and the exact dates of their deaths, Fawkes—whose name is last on the list—realizes that he has just a few weeks to find the deranged psychopath and save himself. Cole uses the rising tension and the mystery of the killer’s true identity to create a page-turning narrative, though the final payoff seems a bit underwhelming after such a powerful setup. Agents: Esther Newberg and Zoe Sandler, ICM. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed 01/16/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 03, p)
  • Veteran and volatile London police detective William "Wolf" Fawkes has just been reinstated to his post after a suspension for assaulting a suspect. He is called by his former partner to a brutal crime scene where the "corpse" is actually made up of the body parts of six different victims. Wolf and a team of detectives are tasked with identifying the parts of "the Ragdoll," as the press call the cadaver, as well as finding the people named on a hit list sent by the killer to Wolf's reporter ex-wife. The final name on the list is Wolf's, which complicates the investigation. With a third-person omniscient narrator, the briskly paced story line allows readers into the mind-sets of the various characters—from the multiple detectives to potential victims. VERDICT In portraying the real emotions and inner turmoil of its flawed protagonist, Cole's grim yet humorous first novel offers a fresh take on British detective drama that is bound to attract admirers of Robert Galbraith and Clare Mackintosh. [See Prepub Alert, 10/24/16.]—Natalie Browning, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community Coll. Lib., Richmond, VA --Natalie Browning (Reviewed 03/15/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 5, p106)
  • A serial killer with a gruesome M.O. taunts an already damaged London detective.If there's one thing that takes the wind out of fictional serial killers' sails it's when they deliver exactly what they threaten. Especially when this involves a kill list, such as the one in Cole's predictable debut, which earns high marks not for originality but for the number of clichés utilized. DS William Oliver Layton-Fawkes (no wonder he goes by Wolf) is only just back on the job after a demotion and a stint in a mental hospital following a violent blowup in court, where, after a verdict didn't go his way, he beat the newly vindicated man nearly to death. Turns out that Naguib Khalid, whom Wolf was positive was "The Cremation Killer," was bad news after all, as he went on to set a child on fire (the squeamish should not read this book; Cole seems to delight in being gruesome without the benefit of furthering any salient plot points). Wolf's new case isn't any less grim: in an empty apartment, a strange corpse is discovered with the singular distinction of being one body comprised of pieces of six victims sewn together like a psychotic poppet. Wolf and his former partner, DS Emily Baxter, in charge of training the team's new guy—who seems to be the only one capable of real police work—determine that the chopped bits are all related to Wolf's previous case. And the killer isn't done: a list is delivered containing six names and six dates, presumably the so-called Ragdoll Killer's next victims. And Wolf's is the last name on the list.Unnecessary blood and guts can only go so far to obscure the fact that this is a well-trod plot lacking in any real twists or substantive character development.(Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2017)
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10552359
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Cole, Daniel
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6103.O4295
LC item number
R34 2017
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Detective William Fawkes
Series volume
bk. 1]
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  • Serial murder investigation
  • Detectives
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • Serial murder investigation
  • England
  • Detectives
  • Serial killers
  • Criminal investigation
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Ragdoll, Daniel Cole
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
374 pages
Isbn
9780062653956
Lccn
2016288714
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)979554790
Label
Ragdoll, Daniel Cole
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
374 pages
Isbn
9780062653956
Lccn
2016288714
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)979554790

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