by Daniel Cole

Part of the A Ragdoll Book Series

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LoveReading Expert Review of Hangman

Oh my word! This is knock-out of a read, punchy and raw, it made me flinch and yet I couldn’t stop, didn’t want to stop reading. If you haven’t yet read ‘Ragdoll’, do start there, mostly because it’s truly fabulous, but also because it’s the beginning of the ‘Fawkes and Baxter’ trilogy and you don’t want to lose out on any part of this story.  ‘Hangman’ starts with the most intriguing prologue, I read it twice to let it sink in. It’s 18 months since the conclusion of the Ragdoll Murders for Baxter, a new chilling and gruesome killing spree begins, targeting both New York City and London, and Emily finds herself with two new partners. My advice is to set plenty of time aside, as once I started reading, I couldn’t bear to put this book down for a single second, and I read late into the night in order to finish. I find Daniel Cole’s writing compulsive, it makes me sit up and take note, I was on high alert at all times, buzzing with anticipation. The humour has a definite dark tone, yet it is there, and a welcome addition as an avalanche of horror descends. I wasn’t sure if Daniel Cole could live up to my expectations, he actually manages to exceed them, as ‘Hangman’ stands defiant, mind-blowing, striking… joining ‘Ragdoll’ as most definite must-reads.

Liz Robinson

Hangman Synopsis

The new thriller from the bestselling author of Ragdoll A detective with no one to trust A killer with nothing to lose 18 months after the 'Ragdoll' murders, a body is found hanging from Brooklyn Bridge, the word 'BAIT' carved into the chest. In London a copycat killer strikes, branded with the word 'PUPPET', forcing DCI Emily Baxter into an uneasy partnership with the detectives on the case, Special Agents Rouche and Curtis. Each time they trace a suspect, the killer is one step ahead. With the body count rising on both sides of the Atlantic, can they learn to trust each other and identify who is holding the strings before it is too late?

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781409168812
Publication date: 18th October 2018
Author: Daniel Cole
Publisher: Trapeze an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Collections: 90+ books that dare you to take a walk on the dark side., 80+ Humorous Novels - from Wry and Sly Observations to Outright Chuckles and Laughter.,
Primary Genre Crime and Mystery
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Hangman Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

So I recommend reading that first, then this book may be more enjoyable as you would know the characters better.

I hadn't read the first book in this Ragdoll series, which was probably a mistake. So I recommend reading that first, then this book may be more enjoyable as you would know the characters better. The book started off well, a fast paced thriller, but gradually became more and more convoluted, and by the last few chapters I'd lost interest in what was happening and just wanted it to end. The book is mainly action, with little depth to the characters.

Vicki Sharman

A fantastic book that has, quite honestly left me very frustrated. Because now I have to wait for the next book to be written to find out what will happen next to DCI Baxter.

dmittedly I haven't read Ragdoll, Daniel Cole's first book and the introduction to the trials and adventures of DCI Baxter and her team. However, I will definitely be fixing that soon!

Regardless of not having read Ragdoll, Hangman is a fabulous book that I couldn't put down, with twists and turns that hook you in to the plot and refuses to let up until the final page, ending on a cliffhanger and leaving you wanting more.

This in depth police/crime novel is filled with tension and trust issues. As I was reading I was trying to guess the motive of every character I came across. The plot will leave you guessing and asking questions right until the end. The series of horrific murders drive the plot forward. DCI Baxter and her team race to save lives as they scramble to find out who is pulling the strings in these mysterious double ""puppet"" and ""bait"" murders.

Charlotte Walker

Wow! A cracking sequel to Ragdoll – yet totally a book on its own. You will feel the frustration, apprehension, fear of each character as the story progresses.

An unusual reason for creating death and destruction – you won’t want to put this book down!

Fast-paced, all the action within just a five-week period – you will hardly have time to draw breath as your eyes race along the pages. Enticing glimpses back to eighteen months previously when death and destruction occurred before – how could they appear to be happening again?  

Baxter, to her own disbelief, is thrown in at the deep end. She joins forces with Rouche and Curtis, and together they try to make sense out of the horror surrounding them. Who is planning these deaths? Why? What possible reason could there be for similar deaths to be happening at the same time in two different countries? 

Baxter, despite all her inner memories, is determined to forge ahead and you will be with her every step of the way.

E.A Rhodes

Hangman is Daniel Cole's follow up book, from Ragdoll, and once again Emily Baxter, is back, with her smart mouth, dry humour, only this time, she has the help from Special Agents from America.

Having read Ragdoll, I was eager to read Daniel Cole's follow up book, and what a fantastic second book it is.

Eighteen months have gone by , since the Ragdoll murders, and Emily Baxter, battered, bloody and broken in an interview room, trying with all she is worth to explain the reason, what has happened. 

A man has been found hanging from Brooklyn Bridge with the word PUPPET carved into his chest and it isn't long before another body, is found with the word BAIT carved into his chest, and the body count is rising. 

When Special Agents from America arrive to help with the case, Emily Baxter knows that this is serious.

With her dry humour and sarcastic, way, Emily is back and the reader is in for a treat, Hangman is a little darker than Ragdoll, but still as tense, and even if the reader is new to Daniel Cole, it makes no difference as, there are balanced recaps. 

So do yourself a favour, grab a copy, you will be glad you did.

Angela Rhodes

The most gripping book I have read in a long time. Fabulous story with great characters that I want to read more about.

It had me hooked from the very start. I genuinely struggled to put it down.

Even after reading the quite dark passages I was left really wanting to carry on ! 

The interaction of characters is great and at the risk of sounding repetitive you want to carry on reading about them and where they go on to. I hope we get to find out.

I would recommend anyone read this and also Daniels first book Ragdoll. I'm sure this is going to be another success with more to follow.

Dianne Harp

A brilliant read – a fast-moving, dark, funny thriller. Rather gruesome at times, but completely addictive. Highly recommended.

I loved Hangman – a brilliant read.  A series of gruesome murders take place in London and New York, all apparently linked to a previous case, the Ragdoll murders (the subject of the first book in this planned trilogy).  DCI Emily Baxter is called in to work on the case along with the FBI and CIA, because of her experience with the Ragdoll murders.  Baxter is blunt, has no PR skills, is cynical and not too good at personal relations – but, of course, brilliant.  Sounds familiar?  Maybe – but Baxter is a more complex character, as is her CIA opposite number, Rouche.  On one level this is a police procedural. However, there is much more to this novel.  As well as being darkly thrilling, it’s also surprisingly funny and completely addictive.  The story fairly races along with one climax after another, each more dramatic than the last, before the heart-stopping finale.  I haven’t read Ragdoll yet, but will be remedying that oversight immediately.  Highly recommended. 

Bernadette Scott

A brilliant crime novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. This book had my emotions on a string - excuse the pun!

The very blunt DCI Baxter who you come to love joins forces with Rouche and Curtis - special agents sent from America to help on this case. However Baxter also has a friend helping her each step of the way in the background, Edmunds, who is the only person she trusts. Bodies are being found with the word “puppet” or “bait” engraved into their chests, and Baxter and team need to find out what these words mean, who is behind this and why.

The story is so tactfully written, which made me believe that it could of actually happened. The descriptions were brilliant, and half of the time felt like i was at the crime scenes! Rouche’s past draws you closer to him as a character and admire the friendship that blossoms between him and Baxter.

This book had my emotions on a string - excuse the pun! I found it very hard to put this book down. I have not read the Ragdoll as of yet, which is the 1st in this series, that will definitely be the next book i read! I am also hoping that a sequel to Hangman is being planned for the future, as i'd love to see more murder mysteries with DCI Baxter.

Britteny Sutcliffe

I couldn't put the book down.

A serial killer is on the loose.

 In this gripping thriller you'll have to hold on tight as it is fast paced and action packed as DCI Baxter and Agent Rouche search for clues.

 With an amazing twisting and turning storyline it is one of the best thrillers I have ever read. 

 There are parts of humour, parts of gripping spine tingling chiller and parts of ‘who did it.’

 I couldn't put the book down.


Jennifer Moville

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About 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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