Ragdol by Daniel Col e
BY DANIEL COLE (TRAPEZE) OUT NOW
There’s nothing like a grisly murder to get the old pages turning, so how about six for the price of one? Daniel Cole’s debut novel starts with half a dozen bodies, butchered and sewn together to form the marionettelike ragdoll of the title, and Detective William “Wolf” Fawkes of the Met is at the centre of the mystery.
The pace of Ragdoll is breathless – it began life as a prospective TV script, and it shows: it’s stuffed to the gills with action and cliffhangers, the killer releasing a list of names of his next victims with the date they’re due to meet their sticky end. But what makes the book so readable is the gallows humour running through it, a deeply British knack of finding the funnies amid the horror.
Wolf’s colleague and best friend, Emily Baxter, in particular is a font of sarcasm on a par with Detective Inspector Viv Deering of Channel 4’s No Offence. There’s nothing subtle about Ragdoll. It’s loud, brash and brassy. It’s that mate you love hitting the town with, but you go in the full knowledge that you’ll probably be holding their hair back while they’re sick later. A riot, in other words.