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Frankly, a bit surprised that this book has garnered so many significant award nominations. It's not easy to interest me in bonkers serial killers anymore, I guess, and while the writing drew me in at times, there were too many implausibilities for it to keep me absorbed all the way through.
  bfister | Jan 25, 2015 |
Rage Against the Dying caught my attention when it was nominated for both The Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger and the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. I was further intrigued to learn the protagonist is a retired fifty something year old female FBI agent.

Brigid Quinn is a women with a secret. She lives happily with her new husband, Carlo, and their two pugs, in a nice house in Tuscon, Arizona and spends her days combing the nearby wash for interesting rocks and learning to cook. Yet just a few short years ago, Brigid hunted sexual predators killers and human traffickers as an agent with the F.B.I. In Rage Against the Dying one of her past cases comes back to haunt her when a man is arrested and claims to be the ‘Route 66′ killer, responsible for the murders of a dozen women, including Brigid’s protegee, Jessica. Floyd Lynch’s confession is compelling, he is aware of details the FBI never released and leads them to what remains of Jessica’s body, nevertheless when Agent Laura Coleman voices her doubts Brigid feels she owes it to Jessica, and her still grieving father, to investigate.

Fast paced, with plenty of tense, gritty, action, Rage Against the Dying is a complex mystery. The main plot centers around the confession of the serial killer and Brigid’s doubts about it, but is further complicated by attempts on Brigid’s life, another missing FBI agent and ‘office’ politics. The plot twists and turns, and though at times it relies on some contrivances that are a bit of a stretch, it offers an interesting story.

I love that Brigid is an older woman who remains feisty, resourceful and even sexual. She is complicated, flawed, and damaged but I found I both liked and respected her. Her cynicism is offset by her emotional vulnerability, and her confidence by her past failures. On a couple of occasions though I thought the author allowed Brigid to make mistakes an experienced agent wouldn’t for the sake of the plot, which was a tiny bit disappointing.

Rage Against the Dying is an introduction to a series I think has real potential and I am looking forward to reading Fear the Darkness ( )
  shelleyraec | Dec 29, 2014 |
I obtained a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley. Masterman seems to be a new mystery writer. This is her first book and her next one is coming out soon. I really enjoyed a lot of things about this book. The best part is the narrator who --although somewhat familiar -- fits well into the tough middle aged female detective category. My main complaint was that there were many strands to the story that seemed very disconnected and a bit chaotic. They ultimately all came together nicely, but perhaps with too much reliance on an important coincidence. I chalk this up to this being a first novel. The detective is great and her personal story which forms a backdrop to the mystery is well done. I definitely look forward to reading the next book in the series. ( )
  Eesil | Dec 29, 2014 |
I keep trying to get through this bloody book, haven't made it yet. (Finally slogged through the tedious mess.) "Oh, the protagonist is a woman in her fifties!" So what, there are a whole lot of us women in their fifties. Former FBI - boring. "Oh, she married an ex-priest! Oooh!" Oh please, so fucking what. The marriage is presented as being all surface, between two people who don't know one another, don't talk, and are content with that situation. The obsession with being a Stepford wife on the part of the protagonist is annoying as hell, too. Yeah, let's perpetuate the whole "this is a perfect wife" business. The writing, along with the characters, are stiff, tending more to cut-outs made up of cliches, rather than well fleshed out people. The whole book is a chain of bad cliches, awkwardly pasted together. ( )
  CaineBooks | Dec 27, 2014 |
Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman is an entertaining crime/thriller/detective novel that I recommend solely because of its shoot-from-the-hip heroine protagonist. I now know never to cross agent Brigid Quinn. She lives like a woman with little to lose and therefore has no problem going down the unthinkable path where cooler heads would never dare.

A touch of verisimilitude: The story's villain is the Route 66 killer, and my wife and I were listening to the audiobook while traveling on the exact stretch of road where the fictional killings took place, between Albuquerque and Tucumcari. Gave me shivers. ( )
  Daniel.Estes | Jul 24, 2014 |
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Ms. Masterman is oddly but well qualified to write such a story. She’s an editor of medical textbooks for forensic examiners and law enforcement, but that expertise does not make “Rage Against the Dying” ghoulish. Or not too ghoulish, and not pornographic about death. It’s just that bodies abandoned in desert heat tend to mummify. And the creep Brigid winds up pursuing has a necrophiliac yen for women who are dry, leathery and long dead.
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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.

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"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 protegee, 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"--… (more)

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