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Rage Against the Dying (Brigid Quinn #1)

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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's settli
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published August 9th 2012)
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Apr 26, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
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.
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Chelsea Humphrey
Two words- WELL DONE. I picked this up at the used bookstore and was skeptical, but it was so cheap I couldn't pass it up.

Brigid Quinn is a 59 year old ex FBI agent who has more awesomeness in her pinky toe than I have in my entire body. I don't want to give away too much, but there is action from the very first page. I was drawn in and read the entire book in one sitting. She is retired and enjoying life, her new marriage, and her hobby of collecting rocks by the river bank. She is thrust into
May 16, 2013 Hallie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 25, 2013 Patty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 20, 2013 Jaylia3 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 28, 2014 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 12, 2013 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adultfiction, mystery
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
Michael Robotham
Jun 03, 2014 Michael Robotham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very fine debut crime novel - with a very likeable and believable protagonist. I can see why it made so many shortlists for crime writing awards.
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Dec 28, 2014 Shelleyrae at Book'd Out rated it really liked it

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
Jan 03, 2013 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 09, 2013 Raven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Liz Barnsley
Excellent psychological chiller/serial killer thriller with a really brilliant main protagonist. Loved it. Full review to follow.
Apr 04, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Diane S ☔
Apr 08, 2013 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 18, 2015 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime
I picked this up on a complete whim (lets face it with a cover like that, this book is hard to miss) and I must say I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Now it wasn't anything particularly amazing or earth-shattering and I did find that the third quarter of this did drag as it seemed that Masterman padded out the story somewhat unnecessarily. However the story was still gripping and enjoyable pulling together all the important parts of a good crime thriller, including the jaded ...more
Jun 16, 2013 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 10, 2012 Sabrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bonnie Brody
Mar 22, 2013 Bonnie Brody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brigid Quinn, 59 years old, is a former FBI agent, pushed out of her job because of office politics. She is living in Tucson, Arizona with her husband, a former professor of hers. She calls him 'perfesser', a nickname from Pogo comic strips. He is a kind man, a former priest, and, for the most part, does not know what kind of work Brigid did or, for that matter, still does. She is a hunter of serial killers and there is a case that never closed while she was with the bureau. New evidence has now ...more
Apr 09, 2013 Carla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 28, 2013 Stuart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I was disappointed in this book. It got lots of publicity and recommendations and sounded interesting, but in the end failed to deliver. I found it an easy read, but not very believable. The story involves a retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn, now enjoying a peaceful marriage in Arizona, but whose idyll is interrupted by the apparent apprehension of the serial killer she had sought for many years. But she is led to question the suspect’s confession, and the story begins. So far so good. Interactions ...more
Laura Zimmerman
Feb 11, 2013 Laura Zimmerman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Abigail Padgett
Apr 25, 2013 Abigail Padgett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author Becky Masterman is an acquisitions editor for forensics texts used by law enforcement, giving this fairly conventional thriller about a retired FBI agent an enviable authenticity. But it's the agent, Brigid Quinn, or more particularly the author's voice through Quinn, that makes this one a page-turning delight. At 59,Quinn is probably the Boomer ideal - scrappy,sexy, nowhere near over the mistakes in her own past, but never anything short of cutting-edge intelligent. When was the last tim ...more
Aug 12, 2013 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 15, 2014 Jeanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Penguin Random House Canada
I don't often read thrillers but I read Rage Against the Dying in one sitting. I could NOT put it down. The story never lets us and twists and turns in unexpected ways, and I HAD to find out if the serial killer was who they said they were before I went to sleep. Brigid Quinn is one tough ex-FBI agent and I can't wait to read more from her.

- Rachel Geertsema, Online Marketing Coordinator
Jan 20, 2015 Lori rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this book through a compelling review in the New York Times. It, the review anyway, captured my attention and caused me to download the book to my Kindle. The book is an easy read and maybe, for those of you who like mysteries and thrillers, it will be an enjoyable one. Unfortunately for me (who usually does not like mysteries or thrillers) it was not. I found the protaganist likable enough, but the writing was clunky in many places and I could not forgive several plot points and accept ...more
Linda Robinson
May 10, 2014 Linda Robinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Becky Masterman created her heroine, Brigid Quinn while working as an editor for a forensic science and law enforcement press. Her debut thriller, Rage Against the Dying, was a finalist for the Edgar Awards and the CWA Gold Dagger, as well as the Macavity, Barry, ITW and Anthony awards. Becky lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband.
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