Meet DCI Emily Baxter, a detective whose life is as complicated as the cases she investigates. An action-packed serial killer thriller for fans of Tess Gerritsen, MJ Arlidge and LJ Ross
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?
CRIME READERS ARE GRIPPED BY HANGMAN:
'What a thrill! This book grabbed me from the beginning'- Netgalley reviewer
'I could not put down this book' - Netgalley reviewer
'A cracking thriller, fast-paced and gripping' - Netgalley reviewer
'Baxter was a brilliantly well written character' - Amazon reviewer
'I love Baxter's sass!' - Amazon reviewer
Early in Thriller Award finalist Cole's fevered sequel to 2017's Ragdoll, Det. Chief Insp. Emily Baxter, of London's New Scotland Yard, is visited by CIA agent Damien Rouche and FBI agent Elliot Curtis. They think she might be interested in a recent murder at the Brooklyn Bridge that could be the work of someone copying the notorious serial killer Lethaniel "Ragdoll" Masse, whom she help put behind bars. Baxter protests that she can be of no help in what to her is a clearly unrelated case on the other side of the world, but in the end, of course, she travels to New York, where she joins a team of investigators who get on the trail of copycat killers who have the word puppet carved into their chests. Cole doesn't hesitate to go over the top, both in terms of the killings and the dialogue (at one point Rouche asks, "How do you catch a killer who's already dead?"). But this is a book that wears its intentions on its sleeve, and readers going in expecting even more gruesome thrills than Ragdoll will be satisfied.
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I love this story, really good pace, twists and turns, great characters. Can’t wait for the third book in September.
A good storyline but far too many grammatical errors
The frequent errors in this book spoiled it for me. Does nobody proofread before publishing? There were
incorrect tenses used throughout this book.
‘Baxter was standing outside the Reade Street pub . . . ‘ whereas 2 paragraphs later on the same page
‘Rouche and Curtis were stood’
One of these is correct but the other is definitely not.
PLEASE PLEASE GET SOMEONE WHO HAS A GOOD UNDERSTANDING OF ENGLISH GRAMMAR TO PROOFREAD BEFORE PUBLISHING!
A top drawer thriller!
Quality thriller with characters I enjoyed. Despite not having read his first book, I didn’t feel overly disadvantaged. This effort stood alone as a story, with a good plot moving at a swift pace.