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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 |
I really enjoyed this mystery on audio. Expertly read. Quinn is like a retired Kinsey (ala Grafton) and I love getting to know her and her hometown. Can't wait for the second book coming in 2015. ( )
  StefanieGeeks | Jul 17, 2014 |
Rage Against the Dying is a debut thriller by Becky Masterman that is up for a Macavity and has been nominated for several other crime fiction awards. It's the story of a retired FBI special agent who killed an unarmed man, tracked down serial killers and who is now married to a former priest (who is one of the best spouses in crime fiction I have ever come across).

Brigid Quinn cracks wise to keep from getting down to truths about herself but she's making do until bodies are found in the desert near her Tucson home. One might be the young agent she had trained and who she feels she let down the night they were tracking the Route 66 killer.

The book has all the tropes of thrillers -- the ousted protagonist who figures out there is a problem before anyone else, the protagonist who is ignored when she is right, the villain who figures out she is a problem and a race against time.

I like the whodunit way it played out, the repercussions (not all of which are answered here and should be taken up in a second novel) and that former priest. ( )
  Perednia | Jun 26, 2014 |
Well, I can certainly see why this book received all the acclaim that it did - Edgar Award. It is hard to believe that the book was written by a debut novelist - it is that good. Brigid Quinn is a "retired" FBI agent that gets drawn back into a case that she was working on before she retired. This book has twists, turns, a serial killer, mummified bodies of the young victims and a plot that is a major motion picture waiting to happen. The novel is not for the faint at heart but if you like a roller coaster plot with a satisfying ending and a frisky heroine, read this book. ( )
  muddyboy | May 27, 2014 |
Fabulous book. Love that the heroine is an older woman. Can't wait for the next book! ( )
  Chatty_Cathie | May 18, 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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