ENDGAME By Daniel Cole

SYNOPSIS

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 Shaw as innocent as he seemed? Or is there more to his past that he’d ever let on?

But not everyone wants Wolf back – and as his investigation draws him ever deeper into police corruption, it will not only be his career on the line – but the lives of those he holds closest as well.

MY REVIEW

Having read the first two books of this trilogy Ragdoll and Hangman both gripping books that I just couldn’t put down. I was over the moon to be given an ARC of this book. I know that books even in a series can be read as stand-alone novels but with this one I really think you should start with Ragdoll and progress through the books in order. Obviously that’s just my opinion, but there is a reason for it, in that this book obviously has quite a few references to characters, and things that have taken place in the previous two books, that may only make sense if you have read them, and believe me they are worth reading. I struggled to remember some of the things that had happened and was almost tempted to re read them to refresh my memory. However, if you just want to read this one and then go back to the others then that may work but definitely better read in order. If you are looking for a cozy mystery these aren’t the books for you. If you like your crime more gritty, and at times a little gruesome then this trilogy will suit you.

After being away for 18 months disgraced Detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes is Back. His former mentor and friend has been found dead, in a locked room, sealed from the inside, all windows locked, and a gun in his hand, it’s said that Retired Police Officer Finlay Shaw has committed suicide. Wolf is convinced that Fin would never have done that. He loved his wife Maggie too much to put her through that. This book brings the whole team back together for the final instalment. DCI Emily Baxter, Alex Edmunds now a private investigator, Police commissioner Christian Bellamy, who was once Fin’s partner and still a close friend, Jake Saunders and of course Wolf they all begin to look through Fin’s life to try and find who if anyone has killed their friend and partner. For this they have to go back to 1979, and delve into Fin’s background, looking at a warehouse fire, and a big drug bust that led to both Christian and Fin becoming front page news, with a famous photo of the pair of them. We learn how Fin met his wife Maggie, who he fell in love with on sight. There are times the team find things that make it look like Fin did take his own life, leaving everyone deflated, then something else that reaffirms Wolf’s suspicion that he was murdered. So you are never sure which way the story will go.

Relationships are scrutinised Andrea Hall celebrity news reporter and Wolf’s ex wife, along with Wolf’s history with Baxter who has tried to move on after Wolf had disappeared for the previous 18 months. But Wolf makes things difficult for Baxter being the complicated soul he is. Andrea tries to make amends for her behaviour during previous cases she reported on, and actually comes to the help of the team.

This book is filled with so much action and suspense it really keeps you on your toes. Not only is it suspenseful but there are moments where there is some black humour, also moments of slapstick humour, which Just works. If you like books that are fast paced this is one of them. Unsurprisingly Wolf is arrested, but he has information regarding a wanted drug lord which he uses as a bargaining chip with the very ambitious Commander Geena Vanita, who actually would like to put Wolf away for good, allowing him time to work on investigating Fins death, Although he does have to check in every night and sleep in a cell.

So did Fin kill himself or was he murdered? If it was murder how did the killer get out of a room locked and sealed from the inside? What secrets will come out from the past? Will all the loose ends from the previous books be tied up?

Daniel Cole has expertly written a brilliant final part to this trilogy, although there are hints we may see more of these characters which would be good. I can highly recommend all three of the books, why read one book when you can get so much satisfaction from the three. A brilliant start to a very long career in writing I hope. I look forward to see what Mr Cole produces next.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars without hesitation. I think reading one after the other is the best way to read these books, I remember buying Ragdoll reading it in one sitting, and then spotted Hangman had just been released which I devoured in another sitting. But had to wait a year for this final part and having read many more books in between. It took a while for me to remember where everyone fitted in the story.

Thank you to netgalley and Trapeze publishers for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

THE AUTHOR

Born in 1983, 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 currently lives in sunny Bournemouth and can usually be found down the beach when he ought to be writing. Daniel’s debut novel Ragdoll was a Sunday Times bestseller and has been sold in over thirty countries.


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