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Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017.

A simply sensational and thrilling debut! Met police detectives William Oliver Layton-Fawkes and Emily Baxter find themselves smack bang in the middle of the hunt for a serial killer. A hammer hard prologue slapped my awareness, and from that moment on, I didn't want to put this book down, even for a single second. Daniel Cole handles the case and the characters with aplomb, this feels different, fresh, exciting. In the midst of the mayhem I found myself snorting with laughter, a moment later I wrinkled my face in horror and disbelief. An overflowing fistful of danger, gripping urgency, and the intricate twisting storyline certainly kept me on my toes. ‘Ragdoll’ is a humdinger of a tale that smashes into your senses, wreaks havoc in your mind, and leaves you wanting more. I really can’t wait to see what Daniel Cole comes up with next! ~ Liz Robinson

A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

There are a lot of serial killer novels out there, for which Hannibal Lecter must take much of the blame, but Daniel Cole's powerful debut deserves a (bloody) place in the sun or, at any rate, in the autopsy lab! A puppet-like body is discovered made up of the dismembered parts of six different victims, hence the 'ragdoll' appellation given to it by the media. Once disgraced Met cop William Fawkes is assigned the case together with his former partner Detective Emily Baxter and they appear powerless when the killer taunts them by announcing the names of his future victims.

As Fawkes seeks a form of redemption with the support of his team, the pace of the story accelerates exponentially and will leave you breathless all the way to a most intense finale. Gory and ultra-realistic, dark, populated by flawed characters and just not the villain, this is a splendid addition to the genre and well worth the nail-biting detour if you have a strong constitution! ~ Maxim Jakubowski

A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...

I have been on the hunt for a gripping police procedural for over a year, a detective to follow in the footsteps of Rebus and Grace. When RAGDOLL landed on my desk I knew this was the one to go for. It has all the hallmarks of a great crime novel (crooked lead, twisty plot, high body count) with the rocket-pace of the best thriller writing. And what made it stand out was the terrific dark humour, the razor sharp interactions between our lead detectives Fawkes and his colleagues. Daniel’s inspiration is Robert Galbraith, and that shows in the writing. This is the next big thing in crime fiction, and I can’t wait for readers to fall head over heels for it like I did. ~ Sam Eades, Editorial Director, Orion Books

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Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

A body is discovered with the dismembered parts of six victims stitched together, 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?Translated into over 30 languages, RAGDOLL is a quality, rocket-paced thriller with twists and turns you won't see coming. For readers of Jo Nesbo. You will not stop talking about this book.


This ultra-high concept thriller opens with the discovery in London of a body made up of parts of six victims stitched together to form one corpse DAILY MAIL

The most exciting debut we've read in a long time HEAT MAGAZINE

Highly anticipated debut that is surely bidding to be the year's most gruesome thriller. Metro

Ragdoll is such a good read - with kick-ass characters and a cleverly executed, action packed plot, it's like a police procedural Die Hard. Mel Sherratt, author of DON'T LOOK BEHIND YOU

Ragdoll kept me enthralled from its startling opening to its tense finale. Superb thriller writing. Peter Robinson, author of WHEN THE MUSIC'S OVER

Terrifyingly brilliant. I dare you to turn the lights out after reading! Robert Bryndza, author of DARK WATER

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, author of REDEMPTION ROAD

I loved RAGDOLL. A rip-roaring, inventive and riveting read. Jill Mansell, author of MEET ME AT BEACHCOMBER BAY

A first class, dark thriller. Emlyn Rees

Ragdoll is a fiendishly inventive serial killer mystery wrapped around a compelling new protagonist. I can't wait to see what Daniel Cole does next. Mason Cross, author of THE TIME TO KILL *

A smorgasbord of flawed characters, an unrelenting pace and a perfect balance of gore and wit. RAGDOLL is a corker of a debut and Cole is sure to be a brilliant and accomplished new voice for crime readers to devour. * Ali Land, author of GOOD ME, BAD ME

Gruesome, twisty and wildly addictive...I couldn't put RAGDOLL down. Lisa Hall, author of TELL ME NO LIES

Six corpses in one - and that's just the beginning! Don't expect any let-up in this chilling ride-along with a serial killer more devious and warped than you could ever imagine. David Jackson, Number One bestselling author

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

A brilliant, breathless thriller. If you liked Se7en, you'll love this! M.J. Arlidge, author of HIDE AND SEEK

A star is born. Killer plot. Killer pace. Twisted killer and a killer twist. Kill to get a copy. Simon Toyne, bestselling author of SOLOMON CREED

Give an arm or a leg to get hold of a copy... An exciting thriller. Linwood Barclay

Ragdoll is utterly addictive with brilliant characters and a killer twist you will never see coming - the best debut I've ever read. Rachel Abbott, Number One bestselling author

About the Author

Daniel Cole

At 33 years old, Daniel Cole has worked as a paramedic, an RSPCA officer and most recently for the RNLI, driven by an intrinsic need to save people or perhaps just a guilty conscience about the number of characters he kills off in his writing. He currently lives in sunny Bournemouth and can usually be found down the beach when he ought to be writing book two instead.

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19th October 2017


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400 pages


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