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Brigid Quinn has recently retired from the FBI and is living a quiet life in Tuscon with her new husband Carlo. Carlo doesn't know the details of Brigid's federal past and she is reluctant to share these with him. Brigid was a top agent working on high profile cases but she is haunted by the Route 66 killer, the one she did not catch and the one who killed her protege. After killing a suspect in another case Brigid was sidelined and shunted into retirement.

One day she gets a call from the FBI, they have a man who has confessed to being the Route 66 killer and he leads the FBI to the body of the agent Brigid was so close to. However something about his confession does not ring true and when Brigid is targeted by another killer, and when another agent goes missing, Brigid is in a race to find the real killer before others die.

This is a novel premise in that the heroine is a retired female with grey hair and health problems, yet is still mentally functional. This type of central character is not written about unless in the 'Miss Marple' vein and it is refreshing. The plot is convoluted but clever and moves along at a decent pace - not so fast that detail is lost, but not so slow that it drags. Brigid is a prickly character and other characters are not drawn as well. Overall this is a really entertaining book for a short term fix of thrills. ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Jun 26, 2017 |
I particularly enjoyed this first in the Bridgid Quinn series. The series shows a lot of promise, especially with tough-as-nails, 59 year-old, ex FBI agent, Brigid Quinn! Brigid is retired and happily living in Arizona with her new husband Carlo. Brigid has not told Carlo about her former life and about the scrapes and close-calls, and most importantly the people she has had to kill in the line of duty, so when an old friend calls on her to tell her that the most important unsolved case of her FBI career has come close to her door, she tries to involve herself in the investigation, still without telling Carlo. Things go from bad to worse and Brigid is in fear for her life as this particularly malevolent killer comes way to close for comfort. This is going to be a great series, mostly because of Brigid herself. I am looking forward to readng book 2. ( )
  Romonko | May 28, 2017 |
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 |
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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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