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  • Series: Brigid Quinn (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312622945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312622947
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brigid Quinn is a retired FBI agent who was forced out over shooting an unarmed man. She spent her career undercover, working on sexual predator cases, and trained her protégé, Jessica, to follow in her footsteps. Jessica went missing while working on a serial-killer case, and Brigid never recovered from the loss. Several years later, she is happily married and living an idyllic life in Tucson when she learns that there has been an arrest in the case, but the new agent working it, Laura Coleman, thinks the confession is false. When Coleman disappears and the bureau doesn’t seem to notice, Brigid finds herself in the thick of things once again, only this time she is worried about losing another agent, her husband, and her newfound happiness. Brigid is a marvelous character, and her skills are fearsome for someone her age. Although Brigid sometimes takes things too far, stretching the bounds of credulity, it is worth the suspension of disbelief to hang with her. Fans of Lisa Gardner and Tess Gerritsen will love this book. --Stacy Alesi

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“Pulse-quickening…scorching… invigorating… In one final demonstration that she has learned the lessons of crime fiction well, Ms. Masterman hides important evidence in the unlikeliest place: within plain sight. But this book is too cleverly manipulative for readers to get ahead of Brigid in making such startling discoveries.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Wow. An absolute pleasure. Chilling, smart...and what a voice she has."—Gillian Flynn, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Gone Girl

“Masterman lives up to her name in this masterly combination of compelling character and plot to keep the pages turning.” —Library Journal (starred review)

"One of the most memorable FBI agents since Clarice Starling as well as a killer debut thriller."—Publishers Weekly Pick of the week (starred review)

“Brigid is a marvelous character, and her skills are fearsome for someone her age… fans of Lisa Gardner and Tess Gerritsen will love this book.” —Booklist

"A scorching, humane first novel that reads as if Masterman’s been sitting for a long time on some truly ugly secrets." —Kirkus Reviews

"First time is the charm for Masterman's masterful debut, featuring 59-year-old retired FBI Agent Brigid Quinn, still tough, still determined, and still smarting to catch that one killer who got away. An author to watch. A thriller that must be read."—Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Catch Me and Love You More

"Blown away. What else can I tell you? Brigid Quinn is a heroine to cheer for, and Masterman writes like an angel who has seen far too many ungodly things.”—Linwood Barclay, author of the New York Times bestseller No Time for Goodbye

"Rage Against the Dying is the kind of thriller that will keep you up long past your bedtime, and Brigid Quinn is the kind of FBI agent you have never met before, but will want to meet again!" —Peter Robinson, Edgar and Arthur Ellis-winning author of the New York Times bestseller, Before the Poison


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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 2, 2013
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Brigid Quinn, a fifty-nine year old retired FBI Special Agent, lives in Arizona with her husband, Dr. Carlo DiForenza, a former Roman Catholic priest and philosophy professor. Brigid has not told Carlo all of the sordid details about her past, since she is afraid of driving him away, much as she did another decent man who was horrified by her penchant for violence. Becky Masterman's "Rage against the Dying" begins with an electrifying opening chapter in which Quinn is engaging in one of her favorite pastimes on a hot, mid-August day--collecting rocks of varying sizes and shapes from a dry riverbed. Suddenly, a murderous lowlife spots Quinn and moves in for the kill. The author skillfully choreographs their ferocious encounter, one that cannot possibly end well.

First-person narrator Quinn flashes back ten days. She introduces herself as a "daughter, sister, cop, tough broad...jilted lover, heroine, killer." Only five-foot three and formerly a natural blonde, she worked undercover for nine years, "mostly acting as bait for human traffickers and sexual predators crossing state and international lines." An accident left her with a bad back, leading her to spend the next portion of her career in investigations. Early retirement seemed to be the best option when, after shooting an unarmed perpetrator, she watched her career trajectory take a sharp downhill turn.

Quinn's personality is complex and contradictory: She is self-denigrating and cocky; funny and grim; aggressive and secretive; compassionate and furious; cynical and hopeful. Her determination to spend her golden years with Carlo in peace is derailed when a serial killer case ("the Route 66 murders") that she had once investigated, but failed to close, takes an unexpected turn.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S. Berner VINE VOICE on March 11, 2013
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WOW!

And if Amazon settled for one word reviews, that would be all I'd need.

But they don't.

So...

Brigid Quinn, ex-FBI, ex-"Stinger", married to an ex-Priest, is one of the most compelling new creations around.

And Becky Masterman is, on the basis of this first novel, one of the most compelling new writers of this, or any, year.

How compelling?

I learned from the NY Times that Masterman is an author of medical textbooks and I'm almost tempted to read THOSE!

Brigid?

Well. the best way to describe her is, probably, to imagine the offspring of Miss Marple and Lara Croft... who was then brought up by the Pat Morita character from "Karate Kid" and taught the facts of life by a more benevolent Hannibal Lecter (note: I thought of this last BEFORE reading the "Times" article, which also mentions him!)(note 2: Not that any of this actually happens. It's just a frame of reference)

As for the story, it involves sex predators, murders, revenge, the old "case that has haunted, for years" gambit; and so much more.

But mostly, it involves picking up a book; reading some 300 pages of non-stop adrenalin producers without putting it down; finally PUTTING IT down; and simply saying.....

WOW!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ann M. Pitman VINE VOICE on March 1, 2013
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This book has EVERYTHING I want in a book - it grabbed me from the first page, it had characters who made me turn the page and want to know everything about them, the story was unique and suspenseful, and the main character is "real". I LOVE Brigid and I sincerely hope this is the first in a long series about her adventures.

This is a PHENOMENAL book you will enjoy reading.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By BookAddict TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 29, 2013
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I loved parts of this book. Masterman's writing style is engaging. It's written in first person, with a fun narration style. I got a great sense of Brigid's surroundings, her feelings, and the people she shared her life with.

The downside for me was I just couldn't fit some of her actions with the image of a 59-year-old independent career FBI agent. At times, she seemed much more like a vulnerable, inexperienced woman in her twenties. I understood the supposed rationale behind her choices, but it wasn't enough for me to make that leap.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Patto TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 5, 2013
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Brigid Quinn spent her career in the FBI hunting serial killers. But she's retired now, living peacefully in Arizona, fifty-nine years old, white-haired but still fit. And she has a new husband who has no idea she once killed a man. She hides her past self. She thinks she's left all that violence behind her.

But certain things still haunt her. In particular, the "Highway 66 killer" who got away after killing Jessica, a young FBI agent planted to catch him. Brigid can't forgive herself that death, because she trained Jessica and sent her out there as bait.

In this book, Brigid finds herself mixed up once again with this old case. She's in for lots of challenges. We watch her dodge bullets and dodge questions from the authorities. They're beginning to see her as a dangerous rogue investigator. We watch her trying to psych out killers in bizarre conversations. I couldn't help thinking there were too many killers in the story. How many can there be in a lightly populated desert area?

Nonetheless, this doesn't pretend to be other than a thriller, and it succeeds in being suspenseful, gory, action-packed and absorbing, if not always believable. But the best thing about the book is Brigid. She's practically a senior citizen, yet she can out-fight and out-think the baddest of the bad. I also enjoyed her relationship with her husband, an ex-priest. Will Carlo continue to love her if he finds out about the things she's done?

Brigid is so much fun, I'm hoping for another book about her.
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