Happy publication day to Daniel Cole, Hangman is published in hardback today!
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?
Hangman is the second book in the Detective William Fawkes series, it’s set eighteen months after the first book, Ragdoll, and this time, it’s DCI Emily Baxter’s turn in the spotlight. And by spotlight, I mean tasked with solving the case.
Hangman truly is a novel for fans of thrilling police procedurals – it’s fast-paced and exciting! The murders are brutal, as gory as they are, you’re hooked in a fascinated horror kind of way, and you have to keep reading, to know who is responsible for the carnage, and if Baxter and her team can solve the case. Forget all notions of hangman being the fun game you played when you were young, it’s now a body found hanging with the words BAIT carved into its chest!
With murders in London and New York, the plot is complex and gripping in nature. Spanning to New York allows us an introduction to Rouche, a CIA agent, who was a brilliant character, carrying the trait I love – haunted by past events. Whether you like or dislike the characters in this novel, they are all well-developed and really bring this story to life.
DCI Emily Baxter deserves all the glory when it comes to my favourite character in this book. She’s my favourite kind of detective, flawed, funny and fierce! A great character that I could happily read about over and over again. And, as some of you already know, I love thrillers laced with dark humour, and Baxter’s witty humour was second to none:
“‘Long story short: I was only acting commissioner.’
‘Well,’ said Baxter, checking her watch, ‘I was only acting interested.’”
There is a lot happening in this novel, but it’s organised chaos, a plot that’s complex yet easy to follow, a plot that you invest in, characters to love, and villains to despise – Hangman deserves to be on the big screen!
And, Mr Cole, that little surprise at the end, of course, now I’m desperate to read book three!