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Endgame

(Fawkes and Baxter #3)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,763 ratings  ·  263 reviews
A locked room. A dead body. A secret that went to the grave.

When retired police officer Finlay Shaw is found dead in a locked room, everyone thinks it's suicide. But disgraced detective William 'Wolf' Fawkes isn't so sure.

Together with his former partner Detective Emily Baxter and private detective Edmunds, Wolf's team begin to dig into Shaw's early days on the beat. Was
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 9th 2019 by Trapeze
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Asteropê Where are you seeing the 33 books mentioned?
I only see 3....?

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This is the last book of the series. Just read this:
"The finale in the Sunday…more
Where are you seeing the 33 books mentioned?
I only see 3....?

Edit:
This is the last book of the series. Just read this:
"The finale in the Sunday Times bestselling Wolf and Baxter series. A locked room suicide has the detectives puzzled in their toughest case yet..."

Most likely the "Untitled Cole 3 of 33" was a typo and it was meant to be "Untitled Cole 3 of 3" - signifying the last book of the trilogy. Either way, there will definitely not be 33 books in this series. (less)

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Maureen
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The dead body of retired police officer Finlay Shaw is discovered in a locked and sealed room. Hed died from a gunshot wound, and the only fingerprints on the gun belong to Finlay himself. It has to be suicide surely? Well of course its not going to be as cut and dried as that, and disgraced detective William (Wolf) Fawkes is determined to find another explanation for his friend and former colleagues untimely death.

Endgame is brilliantly written with a seriously good plot, plenty of humour, and
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Paromjit
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Daniel Cole concludes his Ragdoll trilogy with this scorcher of a finale, a twisted locked room mystery and the tying up of ends from the previous two books. To get the most from this addition, you are going to have to go back to the beginning, otherwise you will be bewildered by the numerous references to previous events and the back stories of the main characters. One of the major highlights of this trilogy are its intrinsic comic elements, from the blackest humour to the slapstick. Retired ...more
Lisa
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
The body of retired Detective Finlay Shaw is found in a completely sealed room with a gun shot to the head no fingerprints found on the gun except his. Was it Suicide? Or are there sinister elements going on here!!


Well of Course that sounds to easy Disgraced Detective William (Wolf) Fawkes is determined to find out the truth of what happened & will stop at nothing to find the killer.


End Game is the final in the Fawkes series & I loved every minute the pacing was frenetic & dark the
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Matt
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I will give it 3.75 stars, in all actuality!

Daniel Cole brings his Ragdoll trilogy to an end with this novel, saving what he feels could be the best for last. While William Wolf Fawkes evades capture by those he used to call colleagues, he is drawn to visit the home of someone close to him. The recent death of Finlay Shaw by suicide is troubling for many, none more than his wife, Maggie. That being said a curious Wolf refuses to believe that it was by Shaws own doing that he ended up with a
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Emma
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The title says it all: Endgame. This is where it all comes together. Where questions and relationships are resolved. Where things END????!!!

As usual, Daniel Cole opens with an authors note. In the previous books this was used more as an amusing intro to his irreverent style, and this is still the case in this one, but primarily it's a warning to readers that this is the finale of a trilogy. Usually, when youre reading crime fiction its easy enough to pick up the necessary detail for each
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Helga
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, series, crime, british
Clever! Clever! Clever!
Gripping is an understatement for this un-put-down-able final book in the trilogy. And what an ending!
Loved it!

Susy
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Again an easy read, suspenseful enough to keep me focused even though this was an audiobook (narrated by Jelle Amersfoort***) which I often find difficult to focus on. Baxter was insufferable as usual. Would've liked if Rouche and Edmunds had played a bigger part (I'm all for a Rouche-Edmunds spin-off lol).

Gram
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A cracking thriller laced with some fantastic twists in the tail!
What begins as a locked room mystery spirals 40 years back in time to a deadly secret shared between two police officers responsible for a major drugs bust when they were young cops in Glasgow.
The story opens with the seeming suicide of retired policeman Finlay "Fin" Shaw, long time mentor of disgraced detective William 'Wolf' Fawkes. But Wolf refuses to believe that Fin would take his own life. He bargains with his superiors to be
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Stephen Robert Collins
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfect Endgame
Marina
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The third book is completely different as the other 2, but is it a bad thing. Well, I didnt thinks so. Really enjoyed the plot and how a lot of stories that were still pending got an ending. ...more
Kirsty ❤️
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The third and final book in this trilogy although based on the blurb at the beginning maybe not the true end and I hope that's the case as this set of books has been one of my favourites in recent years. I've enjoyed the crimes, the relationships and the humour in all three. 

This time retired police office (& mentor to Wolf) Finlay Shaw is found dead of an apparent suicide and classed as such due to the locked room however the team don't believe he could have done that and so look for
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Shalini
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the premise of the book, a retired cop Finlay Shaw was found dead in a sealed room, locked from inside with a gunshot wound. A suicide it was presumed. Detective Wolf Fawkes thought otherwise, was called to investigate his friend's death.

My first book by author Daniel Cole, I went in blind, not knowing this was the third in the series. Having not read the first two, I was at a distinct disadvantage in understanding the subtle politics and the past skirmishes between the various
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Ingstje
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
My rating might come as a surprise to you and I can tell you, I wasnt expecting to give anything lower than a 5 star rating myself because my god, I loved the first and second novel in this trilogy SO MUCH. But, yeah here it is.. my opinion of this novel is colored by a few small details that made such a mark on my reading experience that it became too difficult to see past it.

You see, I have the feeling that the main thing I will remember about Endgame in a few months time will be my
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Liz Barnsley
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a most excellent rock and roll read for me- Ive loved this trilogy, flaws and all, because the stories are so very addictive, the characters so dark yet often hilarious, that its the best form of escapism to be sure.

In this instalment Wolf is back, reconnecting with the group dynamic, getting into and out of trouble with equally passionate flair and Daniel Cole brings together a lot of the underlying threads in wonderfully engaging fashion.

There are moments in Endgame where I choked up
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Authentikate
Okay mystery thriller fans...I can tell that not many of you have read this super fun series. That has to change. 😉 Pick up Rag doll, move on to Hangman and finish up with this one. You wont be disappointed!

Heres the deal...a lot of police procedurals are high octane, high testosterone type reads. These are high octanesurebut accessible to a wide readership. (Testosterone light???)

Theyre VERY tightly plotted, contain witty and snappy dialogue (some of it is truly laugh-out-loud funny too!) and,
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Elaine Tomasso
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Orion Publishing Group for an advance copy of Endgame, the third novel in the Ragdoll trilogy.

DS William Wolf Fawkes gives up life on the run when his close friend former DS Finlay Shaw is found dead in a locked room with a gunshot wound to the head and the gun beside him. Wolf refuses to accept the official verdict of suicide and insists it was murder. He is given five days to prove his theory.

I thoroughly enjoyed Endgame even though it is a totally different
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Kath
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been waiting to complete this trilogy for so long that, pretty much as soon as I got my hands on this book, it went to the top of my tbr. As with all trilogies, it is intrinsically linked to its two predecessors, Ragdoll and Hangman so, do yourself a favour and read these two first. It could at a push be read as a standalone but I think you will be missing out on a lot of key background if you do. Another thing to note that, although this completes the trilogy, the series will continue ...more
Ivana Richards
Sep 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This is an enjoyable enough book though nowhere near as good as Ragdoll - the solution to the locked room mystery is , unfortunately, rather obvious. The book as a whole brings nothing new to the thriller genre but it is surprisingly humorous. Worth reading only if a) you've read the preceding 2 books and b) you don't expect too much.
Rosie
Ragdoll and Hangman set quite a high standard in terms of character building and storyline. Unfortunately Endgame gets 4⭐ for the character stories but I could really only give 1⭐ for the main story, which could've been a side story to a more gruesome main story. In comparison to the previous installments of this series, I can't go above 3⭐ overall, since the story was hard for me to get into and felt really tame in comparison to the previous stories, but because I like the main characters I'm ...more
Cas
"Don't mistake me for the hero...
I'd kill every last living thing on earth to save you."


I... ahh... Wow, what a conclusion?! What perfection. There were definitely ups and downs of this book but the lows were still extremely high quality and I enjoyed it so much, just think about the fact that I read it in three days while I had school and it's been ages since I've done anything like it. Now about the actual book, it's really just everything I wanted from an end to this trilogy, but I'm also so
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Gabi
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: popsugar2020
In the foreword, the author says you'll need to remember what happened in the previous books because there will be easter eggs.
Reading this book I felt like it was all easter eggs, and no real plot, with lots of meh scenes.
I'm exaggerating of course, but I was disappointed with the mystery, which was really underwhelming compared to the first two installments of the trilogy. (view spoiler)
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Julie Lacey
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great read that brings us a fantastic ending to Ragdoll and Hangman.
Wolf (Will Fawkes) is back after the death of a close friend and is soon arrested.
Baxter is shocked to see Wolf and annoyed that he hasnt been in touch while he was away.
It soon comes to light that Wolf has been working on another case and tries to do a deal to keep him out of prison.
Wolf is allowed some time to investigate his friends death and Baxter and Edmunds are on hand to help as they knew him too.
When something is
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Nicky Mottram
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Great end to a brilliant series
Sid
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my, what a book!! I was waiting for this book for a long time and I was so happy when it came onto NetGalley and I was ecstatic when Orion fulfilled my request. And I read my books in order of their publishing date but all of it went out the window the moment I got this book. I knew I had to read this book and boy what a book it is!! What a brilliant way to finish the Ragdoll Trilogy. I just devoured this book. This book was hilarious to start from and the funny bits just kept on coming ...more
Victoria Roddy
Disappointing !!!

I'm a little disappointed with Endgame, maybe it's because it took me longer to read than usual, what with life and the events of, or maybe I just didn't make the time to sit and read it but it just wasn't as good as Ragdoll or Hangman. For a start i don't like Wolf, he was ok in Ragdoll but Hangman was so much better with Baxter, Edmunds and Rouche. Hangman was so much more thrilling. I was disappointed with the Epilogue at the end, I won't spoil anything to tell you why but it
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Tina Woodbury
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wolf is back!! At last William Fawkes (Wolf) and Chief Inspector Emily Baxter are back together, making waves, and working together to solve a mystery that is too close to home.

Detective Sergeant Finlay Shaw has recently retired and is found dead, alone in a locked room. Is it suicide as it appears or could it be murder? We have, what I like to call, the fab five coming together to investigate the death of their friend Finlay Wolf, Baxter, Christian, Saunders, and Edmunds. They have a puzzle
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Melanie’s reads
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fitting conclusion to the Ragdoll trilogy, if you havent read the other two Ragdoll and Hangman then you really need to read them first to gain the back story and character development. It may also be confusing if you try to read as a stand-alone as there are many references to previous events especially at the start where it basically continues on from book two.

This book kicks off with the suspected suicide of Finlay Shaw and Wolfs arrest on visiting his widow. This isnt as full on
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Colette Lamberth
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book three in the Ragdoll series and this mostly seemed to be tying off the loose ends left by the previous two books so readers would do well to read them first. It was good to have Wolf back again and I do hope that he will appear in future books. There is a bit of humour in this and you get the feeling that the author must have enjoyed writing it. The enquiry here was based on an event in 1979 so there was a lot of switching from present time (2016) to then. This ticks along nicely and I felt ...more
Carrie Spooner
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was in such a hurry to read this I hadnt even updated it on here! There was no way I could have read anything else after finishing Hangman. I literally now feel lost and have no idea how I am going to find my next book.
This book has absolutely everything in it. Humour, suspense, likeable characters, plot twists, drama, fear, romance... I could go on! All of the characters work so well together and you know them so well in this book after reading the previous 2. Im pretty sure this is the last
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kellie
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley19
As with all good book series, its always best to start with the first book however this book can still be read as a stand alone but be prepared to want to buy the other two books straight away because your going to love this series.
For me this last book felt a little different within its writing style, it was more police procedure than fast paced thriller, likes the others. That being said it still had the humour and the great characters from the other two books.
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