Ragdoll is the first in a new series. The protagonist DS William Fawkes has been recently reinstated after very publicly losing his mind in court, attacking a defendant found not guilty, the so-called Cremation Killer, and spending some time in a mental hospital. Now he is back in the saddle again a new career making case has arrived. A body, actually a body made up of parts of multiple bodies has been found and a hit list of future victims with William’s name at the bottom. There seems to be tie ins to the The Cremation Killer case and William, Baxter and the team are in a race to save the victims on the list, identify the body parts and find the connection.
Very well done thriller, fast paced, with good plot development and intriguing relationships between the characters. Fawkes himself is interesting, although I find it a stretch to say that anyone would find him well enough to be back at work. The resolution did a good job tying up all the loose ends of the case. This novel very much had a feel like the movie Seven, but with more going on between all the characters.