William Fawkes, a controversial detective known as The Wolf, has just been reinstated to his post after months of psychological assessment following allegations of a shocking assault. A veteran of the force, Fawkes thinks he’s seen it all. That is, until his former partner and friend, Detective Emily Baxter, calls him to a crime scene and leads him to a career-defining cadaver: the dismembered parts of six victims sewn together like a puppet – a corpse that becomes known in the press as the « ragdoll. » Fawkes is tasked with identifying the six victims, but that gets dicey when his reporter ex-wife anonymously receives photographs from the crime scene, along with a list of six names, and the dates on which the Ragdoll Killer plans to murder them. The final name on the list is Fawkes. Baxter and her trainee partner, Alex Edmunds, hone in on figuring out what links the victims together before the killer strikes again. But for Fawkes, seeing his name on the list sparks a dark memory, and he fears that the catalyst for these killings has more to do with him – and his past – than anyone realises.

Dès les premières pages, on est emporté dans ce roman qui nous offre une enquête riche. Les personnages sont savoureusement complexes (mention spéciale pour Wolf !), mais pas autant que l’intrigue, qui peine parfois dans un rythme un peu trop ralenti à mon goût, comme un début prometteur qui se meurt et qui m’a lassé. Je suis un peu déçue par cette lecture dont j’attendais bien plus après avoir lu de nombreuses critiques dithyrambiques. Un bon premier roman tout de même !

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