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Hangman (Fawkes and Baxter #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,084 Ratings  ·  247 Reviews
How do you catch a killer who's already dead?'

Eighteen months have passed, but the scars the Ragdoll murders left behind remain.

DCI Emily Baxter is summoned to a meeting with US Special Agents Elliot Curtis of the FBI and Damien Rouche of the CIA. There, she is presented with photographs of the latest copycat murder: a body contorted into a familiar pose, strung up imposs
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published March 22nd 2018 by Trapeze
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Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Daniel Cole brings us the sequel to Ragdoll, and it is a surefire adrenaline ride with a phenomenal body count set in New York and London. It is blackly humorous and more than a little over the top bonkers, so providing you are prepared to suspend your disbelief, then this a thrill ride of an action packed read. DCI Emily Baxter is newly promoted and believed to be responsible for the apprehension of Lethaniel Masse, the Ragdoll killer, except she wasn't, Alex Edmunds, now working in Fraud is. S ...more
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Daniel Cole is back to continue his thriller series that had readers gasping at the cliffhanger ending. Riding the wave of his debut success, Cole presents this follow-up that appears to lack the intensity and grit of DS William Fawkes’ initial case. With Fawkes away and on the lam, all eyes turn to newly-promoted Detective Chief Inspector Emily Baxter. While the Ragdoll killer is safely locked away, the case lingers and everyone remains on edge. When a call come in from New York City, where a b ...more
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
When I saw that this wasn't going to be a straight follow up to Ragdoll with Wolf in it, I was disappointed. Was I wrong? Hell yes. This is outrageously good and one of the funniest books i've read in ages. If you think that humour doesn't mix with serial murder, you are mistaken, and the proof is right here. Baxter is the Queen of snark and i'm not lying when I say this really is laugh out loud funny. I LOVE her. I'd read about her all day long; in fact, that's precisely what I did with this bo ...more
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-books
In a very brave move on the part of the author this book is written entirely about only one member of the series title. Baxter carries the whole story, with the help of a cast of characters some old some new, and Wolf (Fawkes) is off somewhere on the run. At first I must admit I missed him but once things hot up there is no time to worry about individuals!

Baxter has a new temporary partner in Rouche who is suitably strange and matches her for black humour. As was the case in Ragdoll the book nee
3.5 stars

Sooo….book #2. A daunting task, particularly when the first one was a huge hit. But this author really upped the ante by leaving out his popular MC William “Wolf” Fawkes & switching the focus to another character.

That would be DCI Emily Baxter. She worked the Ragdoll case with Fawkes & is still reeling from the fallout. To make matters worse, her professional life is a nightmare. Fawkes is AWOL, former colleague Edmunds transferred to Fraud & she got promoted. She just wants
Liz Barnsley
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ha ha I LOVED this again. Despite the strangely ridiculous storylines both this and Ragdoll are WILDLY entertaining. Everything you want when you like a rather dark edge to your reading but also want to have a giggle. Hangman was very vividly dark, but also occasionally laugh out loud funny. The hotel room and the spider…I’m just saying.

I can’t give it anything less than a highly recommended tag because I banged through it, grasshopper on acid fashion, both laughing and grimacing along the way.
Kirsty 📚📖❤️
I had really high hopes for this book as Ragdoll was one of my favourite books of last year. It took me a chapter to get into the story but after that it didn't disappoint. 

In my review of Ragdoll I wondered how they were going to continue after the conclusion of that book and the answer was to focus on Emily Baxter. William Fawkes is barely mentioned throughout and so we have a whole new cast of characters as the book flips between London & New York.

We have crazed killers, mysterious cult l
Stephen Collins
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Set in a Flashback in 2015 18 months after Ragdoll who is now prisoner. This a sequel & it's not because it is a different person - DCI Emily Baxter & Agents Curtis female & Rouche male a Mulder & Scully style FBI because part is in New York & part in London were police are murdered BAIT & PUPPET is carved into there chests.
My first thing I don't like about this is you CANNOT READ THIS WITHOUT READING RAGDOLL as the name of the murder in Ragdoll is in this .
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Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was so excited to read the follow up to the hugely successful Ragdoll - and Hangman, the second in the Detective William Fawkes series, definitely doesn't disappoint! Much like the first, it's a rollercoaster of a ride of tension, mystery and general craziness as the focus turns to Baxter this time, and a string of gory murders in the US which have worryingly familiar elements to them...

I have to say, at first I was a little worried that I wouldn't get to re
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Ragdoll, the first book in this series, so I was delighted to be able to read and review Hangman. I had been dying to read it from the moment I finished Ragdoll, and its safe to say it was worth the wait. Hangman was just as good, if not better.

Focusing on DCI Emily Baxter in this one, she’s called to investigate a copycat murder. A body found hanging, with BAIT carved into its chest, in America. When another body turns up, this time with PUPPET carved into the chest, it becomes a race a
Stephen Collins
This the copy of Hangman I got of Libuary
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it

I absolutely loved Ragdoll. The humor, the quick fast paced writing, Wolfs character and the trills. I feel like this was just missing everything that hooked me in book 1. Wolf isnt the main character, and Emily becomes the main focus with crimes in both NYC/London. The crimes are just as gruesome, the writing just as easy to read, however the plot just felt a little meh. It just didnt work for me. The humour was still there. I feel like Cole knows that he's writing a novel thats over the to
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-arcs

I guess this is the summer of highly anticipated series for me, I feel like I’ve read several second installments lately and they’ve all lived up to their predecessors, which is always so fantastic! Ragdoll was the first book and it absolutely blew me away, from it’s gripping prologue to it’s massive cliffhanger ending, I loved every single page. So if you haven’t read the first book, I highly recommended it and then you won’t have long to wait to read this one.

This book had a slightly diff
Laura von Eden
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, ng
Knapp ein Jahr ist es her, dass ich den ersten Teil „Ragdoll“ gelesen habe und ich habe mich sehr auf die Fortsetzung gefreut. Klappentext und Cover haben bereits im Vorfeld überzeugt, besonders das Cover fand ich hier sehr gelungen.

In „Hangman“ begleiten wir Chief Inspector Baxter, die von London nach New York beordert wird, denn eine grausam zugerichtete Leiche erinnert alle Beteiligten an die Ragdoll-Morde. Baxter soll hier nun zusammen mit dem FBI und CIA den Fall aufklären. Schnell überschl
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Having enjoyed, “Ragdoll,” I was curious to see whether Daniel Cole could come up with something as good for that difficult sequel. I am pleased to report that he has – this is an intelligent, well written thriller, with excellent characters, a fast moving plot, and a great dose of dark humour.

There are some characters from “Ragdoll,” who we meet again. Emily Baxter is now a Detective Chief Inspector, one of the youngest female chief inspector’s in the Metropolitan Police, but finding her new r
Daphne Hartman
Wat een ijzersterk boek vond ik dit. Het was voor mij erg lang geleden (een jaar) dat ik deel 1 had gelezen. Normaal heb ik daar nooit zo'n last van maar ik vond deel 1 best een ingewikkeld boek doordat je best wel moest opletten wat in welke tijd gebeurde. Dus aanvankelijk dacht ik dat ik niet meer goed wist hoe deel 1 was geëindigd. Nu inmiddels weet ik het nog steeds niet precies maar ik weet wel dat het niet van heel groot belang was in deel 2. Het verhaal gaat echt in een enorm hoog tempo, ...more
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ik had niet verwacht dat deel 2 even goed zou zijn als deel 1. Dit klopt ook, hij is niet even goed: hij is nóg beter. Dit boekt heeft alles. Dit boek is de reden dat ik graag thrillers lees. Je krijgt amper de tijd om een gebeurtenis te verwerken of er gebeurt al weer iets anders. Van verwarring, naar shock, naar ontzetting, naar enthousiasme, naar ontroering. Alles kwam voorbij. Ik kan niet wachten tot het volgende deel!
Laura Rash
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this one as much as Ragdoll but it just didn’t cut it for me. Baxter kept wearing on my nerves & it just didn’t seem as edgy as the first book. I will probably read more in this series just to read more about Wolf.
Mandy White
May 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audible
2.5 stars maybe.. it started off really good but it just dragged on and I got bored and ended up not caring! i loved book 1 so I am really disappointed by this one. Just didnt keep me interested.. even with the horrifically gruesome murders
It's been 18 months since the Ragdoll murders and DCI Emily Baxter and team have been trying to move on. With a new case at hand, Baxter ends up working in tandem with the CIA and the FBI to stop a serial killer who has been crossing the pond branding his victims as PUPPET and BAIT. This is a fast paced thrill ride loaded with tons of action and great detail to character development. Daniel Cole is on the track to becoming a grand slam player with the likes of Karin Slaughter and M.J. Arlidge.
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
„Hangman“ ist das erste Buch, das ich von dessen Autor Daniel Cole gelesen habe, was wahrscheinlich ein Fehler war, da es sich hierbei um den 2. Teil in einer Thriller-Reihe handelt. Obwohl ich Teil 1 „Ragdoll“ nicht kannte, habe ich mich an „Hangman“ gewagt, da ich den Eindruck hatte, es geht auch so und ja, ich konnte mir das meiste mithilfe der vom Autor gelegten Hinweise etc. selbst zusammenstückeln. Es hätte aber definitiv geholfen, genauere Einblicke in die vorherige Mordreihe und auch die ...more
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Having loved Ragdoll last year, I had high expectations of the follow up Hangman. Daniel Cole resurrects his winning formula of black humour, with gory crimes to churn your stomach.

The story focuses on Emily Baxter this time, with the heroic William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes only getting the occasional mention. Baxter has been promoted to DCI, for her work on the infamous case. A man has been found hanging from Brooklyn Bridge with a carving on his chest ‘bait’. This is the start of a deliberate campaign, w
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lenen-vd-bib
Een echte pageturner, nog steeds met het vleugje humor erin zoals in boek 1.
Annie ~ The Misstery

Last year, I read and thoroughly enjoyed Ragdoll by Daniel Cole. It was a great and unique police procedural that made a difference because of the way the story progressed. By the time I finished reading it, I deeply admired Daniel Cole’s ability to craft such a unique storyline.

I didn’t know what to expect from Hangman, but the early reviews seemed promising enough. And while I wasn’t sure how I felt during the first few pages (confused, for sure), I soon became so engrossed in the story th
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hangman is the second book in the Detective William Fawkes series, although that’s slightly misleading as it’s not exactly been a well-kept secret that *gaps*, he’s not actually in it. Shock, horror! Still, don’t let that put you off as Hangman is brilliant and you really don’t want to miss out, do you? No, you don’t.

It’s been eighteen months since events in the previous book, Ragdoll. Which I’m sure you’ve all read by now. If not, for crying out loud get your act together! Personally, I don’t f
Linda Richardson
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I decided to post my thoughts and chose leave a review after reading the advance e-copy 5 chapter sampler I received courtesy of Net Galley. Thank you to Orion, the Publisher for sending this book to me and giving me an opportunity to read it before the publication date. I’ll definitely be purchasing a copy of the Kindle once it’s released in the US.
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 2 dagen uitgelezen. Wat een geweldige thriller.
Vanessa Loockx
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jacob Collins
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was a huge fan of Daniel Cole’s debut novel, Ragdoll which I read last year. Now, a year later, he has returned with Hangman. Daniel Cole’s second novel is a highly entertaining read which I flew through. I would warn however, especially if you haven’t previously read Ragdoll, that Daniel Cole’s books are not for the faint hearted.

Eighteen months on from the Ragdoll murders which shocked the world, the police have had t
Sir Anni
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Das Hörbuch bekommt von mir 3,5 Sterne. Im Großen und Ganzen hat mir die Story ganz gut gefallen, leider konnte sie mich stellenweise aber nicht ganz fesseln.
Die Stimme des Sprechers fand ich sehr angenehm und auch wenn mich am Anfang etwas gestört hat, dass er häufiger Pausen macht, habe ich mich schnell daran gewöhnt.

Vorweg sollte ich vielleicht noch erwähnen, dass ich das Vorgängerbuch nicht gelesen habe, da mir auch nicht wirklich bewusst war, dass Hangman eine Fortsetzung ist. Dadurch fie
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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 has received a three-book publishing and television deal for his debut crime series which publishers and producers describe as “pulse-racing” and “excepti
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Other books in the series

Fawkes and Baxter (3 books)
  • Ragdoll (Fawkes and Baxter, #1)
  • Untitled (Fawkes and Baxter #3)