We Were Killers Once
In 1959, a family of four were brutally murdered in Holcomb, Kansas. Perry Smith and Dick Hickok were convicted and executed for the crime, and the murders and their investigation and solution became the subject of Truman Capote's masterpiece, IN COLD BLOOD. But what if there was a third k ...more
Like many retired Agents before her, Brigid Quinn, has found it hard to leave behind her life in the FBI.
Now living in Arizona, with her husband of 2-years, Carlo, a former Priest and University Professor, Brigid works as a Private Investigator and is slowly adjusting to this new chapter in her life.
Jerry Beaufort is starting a new chapter as well. He has been behind bars for years, as the world around him changed and progressed.
Once free, Jerry sets out on a quest to find a docum ...more
The 2019 Most Average of Average Award
Thank you to Netgalley, Minotaur books and the author for an advanced copy of this thriller that is slated to be released on the 4th of June, 2019.
I rarely (if ever) start any kind of book series in the middle but the fictional premise of this book lured me right in. There was a third person that assisted Hicock and Smith of "In Cold Blood"that killed the family in Kansas and then what really happened to the ...more
This third man is now released from jail for other crimes and is worried a dying con ...more
Have you read Truman Capote's IN COLD BLOOD?
No? Well, you may want to, but it's NOT necessary as both stories are very well depicted here....with a kicker.
So....What REALLY happened in the Cutter home that awful night back in 1959? What if there was a third man present....Someone worse than the others?
And....who REALLY killed the Walker family?
Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn is obsessed with finding out what truly happened so...more
Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review.
I seem to be having a bit of a two star type of week that might give the illusion that it's the only type of rating I give out. Coming in as my 188th read of the year, We Were Killers Once is the twenty eighth 2 star of my 2019 reading year. Some of my most eagerly anticipated books have alrea ...more
I am a new reader to Becky Masterman’s writing and to her heroine Brigid Quinn. This novel, the fourth in the series, could be a stand-alone, though perhaps some of the characters were more fully developed in the earlier books. Unlike other series, though, a new reader can follow along by jumping in here.
Attaching her story to Truman Capote’s narrative in his masterpiece In Cold Blood, Masterman adds to that story by presuming that perhaps a th ...more
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The gruesome real-life murder of the Clutter family was chronicled in the late Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" (and for the record, I'm old enough to remember both the murders and the almost astonishing success of the ...more
I have waited patiently for more on the dynamics of the marriage of such opposites; Quinn, a woman who has lived with so much violence and her husband, Carlo, a former Pr ...more
It didn’t take me long to get hooked on the plot of author Becky Masterson’s novel “We Were Killers Once.” The constant flip-flop of POV between retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn and killer Jerry Beaufort works well to slowly build the tension and then start the race toward the climax.
The premise of the book was interesting. It is built upon the murders of members of the Clutter family by former prison buddies Richard Hickok and Perry Smith. The qu ...more
I enjoyed Becky Masterman’s earlier Brigid Quinn mysteries. The last one was “ok”, and this one was “ok” too. This time, what tried my patience was the premise. I have never read Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, but the premise of We Were Killers Once is that Brigid becomes aware of a confession by one of the two killers Capote focuses on that implicates a third killer. Somehow, Brigid and her husband Carlo come into contact with this third man and the story flows from there. The story itself ...more
I realized this was book four in a series (and ohhhhh how I've whined in the past about picking up in the middle of a series) but crossed my fingers that We Were Killers Once would work as a standalone because the premise is fascinating.
When the four Clutter family members were b ...more
In 1959, the Clutter family were murdered in their home in Holcomb, Kansas. One month later, a similar murder of the Walker family took place in Florida. Two men - Perry Smith and Dick Hickok - were found guilty and executed for the Clutter family killings. But what if there was a 3rd man involved in the deaths of the Clutter family and the still unsolved murder of the Walker family? ...more
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Truman Capote’s masterpiece In Cold Blood details the murders of the Clutter family in 1959 and gives a comprehensive look at the killers (Hickok and Smith) behind the massacre. Absolutely chilling classic.
There has been a more recent publication, In Colder Blood: True Story of the Walker Family Murder by JT Hunter, which make ...more
That said, I find Carlo the former priest supremely annoying, but entirely believable. I read this while in the throes of Influenza A, so maybe that's why everything about this novel annoyed me in spite of it being tautly crafted and richly imagined.
Of course the killer is an idiot. So many c ...more
by Becky Masterman
This is my 1st by this author and I have got to say I was not disappointed! It is a quick good read and the author does a phenomenal job of weaving this story in with Capote's In Cold Blood which I read many years ago, very interesting premise! Thank you Netgalley and the Publishers for this book and leaving my review!
November 3, 2019 –
1.0% "Audiobook - 11:39 Hours - Narrator: Kate Harper
I had started listening to this Brigid Quinn #4, but was side-tracked by several other novels while doing so, so I intend to start again from scratch."
March 18, 2020 –
28.0% "Audiobook - 11:39 Hours - Narrator: Kate Harper
I had started listening to this Brigid Quinn #4, but was side-tracked by several other novels while doing so, so I intend to start again from scratch.
Nov 03, 2019 10:19PM -
Brigid Quinn is the retired FBI a ...more
Masterman has come up with an absolutely fascinating premise for We Were Killers Once. What if.....there were three men at the Clutter killings? Yes, those murders - the ones that inspired Truman Capote's 'In Cold Blood.' And what if that third man is freshly out of prison - and determined to make sure that the evidence he knows it out there is destroyed. And ...more
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I had no idea this was part of a series until I added it to my tbr on Goodreads, but it can be read as a standalone, which I liked.
This was kind of like watching an episode of CSI. It was good and kept me wanting to know what happens, but there were also things that didn't work for me.
What didn't work:
-While the story is told in multiple POV's, the chapters aren't labelled, which caused some confusion as to who was narrating. At one point, the narrative switched from first ...more