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Rage Against the Dying: A Thriller (Brigid Quinn #1)

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You have never met an (ex) FBIagent 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.”

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Published March 12th 2013 by Macmillan Audio
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We readers are a fickle lot. Just last week I read a book in which the author tried to evoke a strong female character. In doing so she put her in situations that seemed unbelievable, where she should have been killed or maimed beyond a doubt. It didn’t work for me. So why does Rage against the Dying, a debut featuring another kick-butt woman character who also has nine lives work so well for me? It’s all in the story! This one hits the ground running and is a beaut of a thriller.
Ex-FBI Agent B
Just when you think it’s not possible to sell a publisher on a female protagonist who’s well into middle age, along comes Becky Masterman’s compelling thriller “Rage Against the Dying.” Her protagonist, Brigid Quinn, is 59, a retired FBI agent who burned out after years of working undercover, disgraced because she killed an unarmed perp. Her specialty: investigating sexual homicides. She’s haunted by the disappearance of a young protégée whom she trained to decoy a serial killer.

When a man named
How deeply satisfying to read a mystery thriller with a women in my age demographic as the main character. Gray haired, fifty-nine year old Brigid Quinn is a retired FBI agent, living near Tucson with her new husband Carlo, a widower who was a priest before he married the first time. She’s settled near the site of case she never managed to close, a serial sexual predator, so though Brigid is no longer a twenty, thirty or even forty-something this is no cozy with a knitting needle as the weapon. ...more
Becky Masterman has really brought something different to the thriller market with her impressive debut novel ‘Rage Against The Dying’. With a strapline from Linwood Barclay saying, ‘Masterman writes like an angel that has seen too many ungodly things’, I can only agree, with such a visceral plot and with a band of damaged and affecting characters. I think it is demeaning to the strength of Masterman’s writing, to simply label this as a serial killer thriller in the conventional sense. Yes, the ...more
Rage Against The Dying
Becky Mastermann

My " in a nutshell" summary...

Serial murders...a complex FBI agent...and tons of questions...

My thoughts after reading this book...

Wow...this was truly a fast paced thriller with a fabulously chilling ending. I loved it all.
I was hooked just by reading the prologue and from that moment on I had a love/ hate relationship with Brigid. Seriously...she could be so annoying that I wouldn't want to be anywhere around her...yet she is the FBI agent you would wan
What attracted me to this book was the heavily-marketed plug that it features a 59-year-old protagonist, (same age as myself). And sure enough, there in paragraph two of Chapter One, the narrator states: "I am fifty-nine years old." Which is a good thing, because otherwise you'd never know it. She is also a recent first-time newlywed, married to an opera-singing Italian professor and ex-priest; she remains a physical badass who can easily kill with her bare hands; and she enjoys a randy (if mono ...more
Brigid Quinn is the kind of protagonist who is so delightfully real and quirky, she could carry any story. In fact, the story is really besides the point. I loved Rage Against the Dying because I loved hanging out with Brigid. After a solid career in the FBI that ended in scandal, Brigid is uncertain how to handle her retirement. She audits a class at the local University where she meets her husband, Carlo. She keeps the nastier parts of her past a secret from him, reveling in the quiet life the ...more
I really wanted to like this book. I really did. But I didn't. I couldn't even finish it.

The protagonist is exciting and interesting and so different from your standard run-of-the-mill story. She has a great back story, and it's very clear that from her history and her outlook on life she is going to be a thrill to accompany through this adventure. And then the action starts, and the action is good, and then it all goes wrong. The protagonist makes a fundamental decision that will evidently fue
Thanks to BookBrowse for the advanced reading copy!

The minute I started reading, Rage Against Dying, and learned that the main character, Brigid Quinn, was 59 years old, I was intrigued.

I've read plenty of serial killer thrillers before but this is the first one I can think of with an older, retired female, FBI agent, who isn’t an “accidental” detective or who doesn’t just trip her way into a case. Brigid Quinn is a real agent with real experience who has skeletons in her closet, the ghost of a
Brigid Quinn is trying to leave her past behind. Before retirement she worked for the FBI in Tucson and because of her looks and size her role was one of bait to cach human traffickers and sexual predators. Despite being dangerous work Brigid excelled' but as time went on she realised she could no longer due to age do the role. Enter prodigee Jessica Robertson who was trained to take on the role with her first action in the field being to weed out the infamous Route 66 killer. This brutal killer ...more
Words cannot express how utterly lucky I was that we’re publishing this book over at Penguin. This meant that I could actually sit at my desk and read from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm with only a minimal amount of guilt because it was “work-related”. If it hadn’t been work-related, I might have faked being sick (if my boss is reading this, I’m only joking…maybe) and gone home to finish the book. It was that good. It’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed a good, fast-paced thriller and this one kept me second ...more
I grabbed this book on a lark while I was scrolling through downloadable audio books from my library. It looked ok, but I honestly didn't expect much, even thought it might end up dnf. However that wasn't the case, it sucked me in right away and that was mostly due to Bridget.

Bridget is one of the most unlikely heroines, a 60 something retired undercover FBI agent, not really sure how to live without the job even though it has been a few years. She is treating this stage of her life like another
Maybe I'm looking for perfection and this story should be rated a 4, but there are 2 things I couldn't "get over" when reading the book, and both were repetitive to the point of repulsion....1) at 59, you should feel really old and think having sex is a little gross because you're "so old", and 2). any phrase having the words "drained myself" in it.....please....enough already! I read drained myself...felt drained out...drained out many times I lost count. I don't know which point ...more
Laura Zimmerman
I received Rage Against the Dying in a Goodreads giveaway. I appreciate of the opportunity to read the book for free before its release in March.

Rage Against the Dying is an intelligently written book. It's a gritty and disturbing read that is also written with humanity and sensitivity, giving the book the feeling that it's a story that could very well be non-fiction.

Ms. Masterman's main character is a tough-as-nails ex-cop who is also vulnerable and scarred from her experiences in homicide inv

This book has the honour of joining Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho on my shelf of ‘Books Not to Read While Eating’.

I was intrigued from the very first page, when we are forced into the mind of a rapist/serial killer stalking his next victim. Masterman skilfully chooses the perfect words that will make you squirm (the dude in question seriously creepy). Later, we find out how this is connected to the main plotline. This book is a psychological mystery thriller that holds little back in te
Somebody's been getting their kicks on Route 66 with an annual brutal murder, until he killed an undercover FBI agent and her body is never found. Until now. Now someone has confessed to the old string of sexually sadistic killings. Some closure at last? Is it ever that easy? No and thank goodness it isn't for the sake of the suspense reader!

I really love a main character who is "of a certain age" nobody stays 30-something forever (except Kinsey Milhone and she gets a pass from me) . I love a gr
Wow. Wow.Wow. I just feel like I ran a marathon and still trying to catch my breath. I could not put this down and read the other books I was reading once I started this one. It was amazing. It has the detail without being overwhelmed by the detail so it was easy to follow along.

Our protagonist, retired FBI Agent Brigid Quinn is complex. In witnessing so much horrific crimes, she has put a protective layer of skin to solve cases and bring justice to victims. The one case that haunts her into re
Diane S.
This new series has gotten off to a great start. Love the character of Brigid, ex-FBI, married to an ex-priest and is 59. A series with an older, kick but heroine, not too many of them out there. The story is gritty, at times pretty brutal but kept my interest to the end. My favorite part though is the character of Brigid and the relationship she has with her husband who I hope we see more of in the future.
Linda Robinson
Well now. I chose this book from the list of debut novels nominated for the 2014 Edgars. The title comes from the Dylan Thomas poem: "do not go gentle into that good night / old age should burn and rage at close of day / rage, rage against the dying of the light." Masterman cleverly doubles the sentiment in the person of retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn, and her unauthorized renewed pursuit of a serial killer who got away. Quinn is an amalgam who will be fun to follow. She is skilled law enforceme ...more
Elizabeth Moffat
Rage Against The Dying is the last novel picked for Richard and Judy’s Spring Book Club 2014 here in the UK and is the first thriller from American writer Becky Masterman, normally an acquisitions editor for a press specialising in medical textbooks for forensic examiners and law enforcement. I’m sure that this has been a great help during her research for the novel as it comes across as coming from an incredibly knowledgeable source. The title comes from a Dylan Thomas poem and involves a retir ...more
This wasn't bad. It was a little strange. It was first person which I really dislike, and probably didn't help with my overall opinion...The serial killer investigation was reasonably good - the stuff about Quinn's relationships was just baffling.

I can believe that people of 59 are still employable in their chosen field, are sexually active, physically fit and so on. However, I think the book seemed disjointed - Quinn just came across as to immature to be a 59 year old former FBI agent.

Brigid Qu
Unfortunately, I only made it to page 105 before I completely gave up on this book. For me, the writing came across as superficial and lacking. The main character, Brigid Quinn a retired FBI agent currently living in the shadow of the Catalina Mountains offered no depth and I was not drawn to her.

Fifty nine year old Bridget has been in a couple of rough spots in her life, but the day she went rock hunting and ending up bound in the back of a sexual predators van seemed to have ranked pretty high
Jamie Sigal
You know that first breath of cool fresh air immediately following a hard thunderstorm on the most humid of summer's days? That is what "Rage Against the Dying" made me feel like.

I stopped reading mystery/procedurals/whodunit books about twenty years ago because I burned out on the genre and found that I was always able to pick out the murderer about a 1/4 of the way through the book, and after a while, even the satisfaction of always being right can wear a little thin. I've picked up a random
Ray Palen
The opening sequence of this novel immediately sets the tone for what is to come and will chill readers to the bone. An apparent serial killer has staked out his next target --- an elderly woman wandering all alone with a walking stick by the banks of a tucked away river bed. He proceeds to confront the woman, duct tape her mouth closed and toss her into the back of his van which doubles as his killing chamber.

The novel then quickly jumps back in time ten days and this opening sequence remains s
I don't often read thrillers. I tired of all the drama, and the lack of character development in so many of them. Thrillers tend to have graphic details of violence that I can do without. However, Becky Masterman's debut, Rage Against the Dying, is one of those rare thrillers. Her protagonist is a memorable character, one worth meeting again in future books. Yes, the violence is there, but Brigid Quinn makes up for all the details. And, the violence is essential. Why else would a retired FBI age ...more
If you’re looking for a fast paced thriller that you just can’t put down, look no further. Rage against the Dying, the debut thriller by Becky Masterman, will not disappoint you.
Ex-FBI agent Brigid Quinn is adjusting to her new life as a newlywed in Tucson, Arizona. Forced into early retirement after shooting an unarmed suspect, the 59 year old Quinn has seemingly moved on. That is until the Route 66 Killer, the case that has haunted her for years, becomes news once again. Not only the most fr
Ex and now retired FBI Agent Brigid Quinn has moved on from her life as a top and revered agent to a happily married woman, who can’t believe she has found her soul mate at 59 years of age. Carlo is an ex-priest who owns two pugs, and together they have made a different life, a life that Brigid hopes will never change.

But the morning she went down to the wash, not far from their home, and was confronted with a danger so immense and so frightening, that it caused her to make one of the worst dec
Kathleen Hagen
Rage Against the Dying, by Becky Masterman, a-minus, Narrated by Judy Kaye, Produced by Macmillan Audio, Downloaded from

A debut thriller by this author. Brigid Quinn, 59 years old, has left her job at the FBI and hopes she is ready to settle down to an ordinary life. She meets and marries a wonderful man and decides she’s now going to be the perfect wife. But a man is caught who confesses to being a serial killer-the one that got away, that she wasn’t able to catch. He knows things
In Rage Against the Dying, Brigid Quinn, a retired FBI agent is settling into early retirement with her husband and her dogs. Her previous life and cases are behind her. That is, until Floyd Lynch confesses to one of Brigid's unsolved cases. He knows things only the killer would know and has offered to lead the FBI to one of the bodies. The new agent in charge, Laura Coleman, is convinced that the confession is false while Brigid discovers that she has some unfinished business to attend to.

I re
Catherine Ryan Howard
Torn right in two about this book.

The best thing about it is the blistering originality of its narrator, Brigid Quinn. There is truly no one like her elsewhere in crime fiction and not only do I want read more about it, I want to be her friend. She's amazing. It's so, so hard to create an entirely new kind of narrator in this genre, especially one who is part of some authority like the FBI, but Masterman had done it here, and done it in spades. The setting -- the baking dry sands of Arizona --
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BECKY MASTERMAN is the acquisitions editor for a press specializing in medical textbooks for forensic examiners and law enforcement. She grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and received her MA in creative writing from Florida Atlantic University. Becky lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband. Rage Against The Dying is her first thriller.
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