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.
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.
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Really enjoyed this one! Didn't want to put it down...
So implausible, poorly crafted, and internally inconsistent (e.g. The husband knows she is a retired agent but on the other hand she doesn't want her husband to know about her past as a FBI agent....what?!) that it is difficult to suspend disbelief long enough to care about the characters or the story. Ugh, a let down.
Interesting narrative but I could not accept the premise that Quinn and Coleman were both guilty of murder.
Since all of Quinn's decisions are a reaction to a "murder" she committed, nothing that follows is plausible.