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Rage Against the Dying

Book 1, Brigid Quinn Series - A Thriller

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You have never met an (ex) FBI agent like Brigid Quinn

"Keeping secrets, telling lies, they require the same skill. Both become a habit, almost an addiction, that's hard to break even with the people closest to you, out of the business. For example, they say never trust a woman who tells you her age; if she can't keep that secret, she can't keep yours. I'm fifty-nine."

Brigid Quinn's experiences in hunting sexual predators for the FBI have left her with memories she wishes she didn't have and lethal skills she hopes never to need again. Having been pushed into early retirement by events she thinks she's put firmly behind her, Brigid keeps telling herself she is settling down nicely in Tucson with a wonderful new husband, Carlo, and their dogs.

But the past intervenes when a man named Floyd Lynch confesses to the worst unsolved case of Brigid's career—the disappearance and presumed murder of her young protégée, Jessica. Floyd knows things about that terrible night that were never made public, and offers to lead the cops to Jessica's body in return for a plea bargain.

It should finally be the end of a dark chapter in Brigid's life. Except…the new FBI agent on the case, Laura Coleman, thinks the confession is fake, and Brigid finds she cannot walk away from violence and retribution after all, no matter what the cost.
With a fiercely original and compelling voice, Becky Masterman's Rage Against the Dying marks the heart-stopping debut of a brilliant new thriller writer.

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 17, 2012 – Resist any temptation to bail after the creepy prologue a sexual predator s-eye-view of the woman he s about to attack because then you ll miss one of the most memorable FBI agents since Clarice Starling as well as a killer debut thriller. At 59, Brigid Quinn has officially closed the book on a legendary and controversial Bureau career, including years undercover, and is struggling to forget the horrors that still haunt her as a newlywed in a suburb north of Tucson, Ariz. Then the authorities arrest trucker Floyd Lynch, who claims to be the Route 66 Killer the one notorious homicide case she didn t close, and which seven years earlier claimed the life of her prot g e, rookie undercover agent Jessica Robertson. But some things just don t add up to either young FBI agent Laura Coleman or Quinn. The steely veteran finds herself thrust back into a nightmare that threatens to shatter her new life if it doesn t get her killed. First-time novelist Masterman, acquisitions editor for a press specializing in forensic medical textbooks, ratchets up the suspense with a secondary plot it would be criminal to reveal, stumbling only when it comes to Quinn s less than convincing domestic bliss with a widowed former priest turned college professor and his pair of pugs.

Customer Reviews

Sleek and intriguing

The Arizona desert provides the perfect pallet for this tale of serial killers and red herrings. The Brigid Quinn character is realistically drawn- strong but not infallible. She is sensitive and intelligent but creates emotional defenses to avoid letting that sensitivity become vulnerability. There are two dramas unfolding here. The obvious drama is the investigation and hunt for a serial killer. The second drama is the exploration of the emotional flaws that may be a by product of getting too close to the cruelty and evil of a serial man killer. Looking forward to much more from Ms. Masterman.

Rage Against the Dying

An interesting story with a fascinating protagonist. Great sense of place. Write another!

Meet Brigid Quinn -- tough gal with a heart of pure gold.

Master man has created a wonderful protagonist for -- as one can only hope -- an engaging, new series of mystery-thrillers based in Tucson AZ. With just the right blend of local color and suspense, this novel satisfies on many levels.

This is a thought-provoking, suspenseful mystery. The plot is good, and the story is even better -- Masterman's Brigid Quinn is a unique narrative voice with lots of grit and pathos, so the novel never flags, and the choices she makes are cringe-worthy, but true to her character.

The well thought out cast of supporting characters -- Quinn's husband, the Perfessor, FBI agent Laura Coleman, and local cop, Max Coyote -- all promise to provide many opportunities to reveal aspects of their personalities and their past lives to keep even the most jaded mystery reader engaged and anxious for the next installment. I plan to recommend this book to my local library ( in Tucson, AZ) as a featured book and book club favorite.

The area of Tucson and its environs provides a compelling backdrop for the action of the novel, and Masterman skillfully avoids the pitfalls of allowing the minute details of the place to overwhelm the story. Readers familiar with Tucson will be entertained by the references, while readers who do not have local knowledge can enjoy getting to know the city and some of its inhabitants.

My only quibble with the book is that Tucson is nowhere near Route 66/Interstate 40 (Interstate 10, on the other hand runs right through town), so the connection between the city and the serial murders that underlie the plot feels like a stretch, but not to the point of breaking the back of a well-conceived mystery-thriller.

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Rage Against the Dying
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Mar 12, 2013
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Brigid Quinn Series
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