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Title:Rage against the dying
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3.5 stars. This book started strong, was really weak for a good 2/3rds, had a peak towards the end and then a sappy ending. Parts of it were ridiculously cheesy-the nickname for the main character's husband was especially grating- Perfesser-ugh really? I don't think this is a series I will continue. I try to limit my guilty reading pleasures and this one is just not good enough to make the short list. ( )
  Maureen_McCombs | Aug 19, 2016 |
A crime blogger had written a terrific review of this book, and while I do not enjoy books about serial killers, the review was very persuasive. So much, that I placed a hold on the book at my local library.

I put off beginning the story for more than 7 weeks, but at that point I could not renew the book again, so I either had to start reading or give it back to the library. Well I began reading. The story is violent, too violent for my taste, but the characters are so well drawn that they kept me reading.

While I will still not seek out books about serial killers, I did enjoy this book, and look forward to reading the next mystery by Becky Masterman. ( )
  Icewineanne | Aug 4, 2016 |
I'm a fan of murder mysteries, and not just cozy ones, but when you combine especially gruesome murders with a protagonist who makes really stupid decisions, I can't love the book. Nor can I understand a supposedly smart woman who wears both a t-shirt and a long-sleeved denim shirt outside when the temperature is 105.

There was mention of an especially painful and horrible murder of a child, not central to the story, as well as implications of a dog that was tortured. I can't handle either of those things. Kill off as many people as you like (and there were many in this book), but leave the children and dogs alone.

I did like that Brigid Quinn was no young, red-headed cliché but instead a retired woman in her 50s. However, she got “drained” a lot. When I notice overuse of one word throughout a book, that means it really is overused, because I don't go looking for such things.

This book of a series of (currently) two. So, given that I didn't love this one, will I try the second? That is a definite maybe. There is a lot of potential here. ( )
  TooBusyReading | Jun 5, 2016 |
Low score cuz it's filled with cheesy writing but I enjoyed it and enjoyed the feminist bent on the story SO MUCH. Would that it were more common. ( )
  wordlikeabell | Apr 17, 2016 |
Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn is newly-married to a wonderfully kind man unaware of major elements of her past, such as the fact that she retired under pressure after killing an unarmed suspect. Now living in Tucson and trying to be a perfect wife, Brigid finds herself embroiled in the serial killer case she never solved. Delightful, engrossing, and poignant, Rage Against The Dying is not the average long-haul trucker/serial killer novel that it could have been. I read it all one day and one evening until I finished it, leaving it only at meal times, and was wowed by the way that Masterman transformed what is becoming a trope in serial killer tales into something unique, something that felt personal, a bonding to the agent who never tells her secrets to anyone. It's hard to believe that this was a first novel, and I've already ordered the second. Great book; I highly recommend it. ( )
  ahef1963 | Jan 21, 2016 |
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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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