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 59.”
You have never met an (ex) FBI agent like Brigid Quinn 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.
©2013 Becky Masterman (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.
I have listened to many, many audiobooks and this is easily in the top ten.
The protagonist is a strong, quirky retired FBI agent who is (gasp) over fifty. Like many of us who are over fifty she has a vibrant life (in every facet) with meaningful work, interesting friends and a strong loving relationship with her husband. She is physically strong and capable and allows herself to really connect with the families of the victims of the crimes she has investigated. This is a richly nuanced character, complex and wryly funny.
It would be very hard to describe without giving away an essential plot element but involves a decision she comes to regret and the internal dialogue which is funny, frightening and full of pathos.
The narrator of this book could not be better. She fully captures the character with her laconic observations.
This charater ranks right up there with other strong female protagonists from authors such as Navada Barr and Sue Grafton.
If you're tired of vampires, zombies and tennyboppers here's the film for you. A thinking person's action movie!
I sincerely hope Ms Masterson has other books coming. Now that I've made friends with Brigid I want to see and hear more of her.
This was a terrific listen! Crime story interesting but not too gory. Story revolves around three female FBI agents, two of whom you really get to know and appreciate, especially with their flaws on display as well as their strengths. The other one is dead unfortunately. As 60+ reader I was moved by sharing some of the same historical memories as the protagonist. But what really distinguished this book for me was the depiction of the later in life marriage of the senior agent which did not overshadow the crime story but gave it a bittersweet resonance. Bring on the sequels!
Writing and story were done very well. The reader was well matched to the material.
Strong perforance reminding me of the late Anna Fields.
Would like to see more from this author and this could be the beginning of a good series.
This book falls into a genre I do not normally read. Yet it was suspenseful, thoughtful inner voice part, added to a crime story.
Main character Brigid Quinn is the story. Her vulnerabilities, strong determination, and quirky aloofness adds much to the story.
Great voice and inflection.
The end had a lovely reunion of the two main characters giving a real flavor of human character.
Rage Against the Dying would have been a much more thrilling read if Masterman had spent more time on the story and less time developing the relationships of her characters and trying to make their lives sound interesting I found nothing particularly compelling about the relationship between the main character and her husband which eventually became just tedious. I also think that too much effort was spent trying to make the case that the above 50 segment of the population can still be sexy and enjoy sex. If anyone has any doubt about this Helen Hunt in the movie Sessions does a far better jog of making this point. The idea of a tough older woman succeeding in what is very much a macho mans world, like the FBI, could make for interesting lead character but this book didn't quite get there.
I listen while I paint- classic or modern mysteries, true adventure, & books that inspire or motivate
I was browsing the mystery section for a new author to try out, and found this one which is read by one of my favorite narrator's--Judy Kaye. Ms. Kaye has done a lot of work for Audible, and is the voice of Kinsey Milhone from the Sue Grafton alphabet series.
Although normally I like mysteries that have a little more depth, I admit this story definitely held my interest from the start. It is a solid mystery about an ex FBI agent who is pulled back into helping out with the last case she worked on before leaving the agency. It kept me guessing almost until the end.
I would put this in the "light" detective mystery area, similar to novels by John Grisham, or Sue Grafton and Nevada Barr as another reviewer mentioned. These novels are good, while not being overwhelming with graphic violence/ language/ sex, etc. I listen to these type of books while doing housework, gardening or painting.
I could see this becoming a series, and I would probably listen to the next book if there is one.
I love Brigid Quinn! And Judy Kaye does a masterful job of making her real. This is a story of a retired FBI agent, a "woman of a certain age", recently married and trying to keep it all together after a, shall we say, unfortunate mishap. It's also a great who-dunnit. Ms. Masterman gives us action, suspense, and all the other goodies in all the right places. I can't wait for more from this duo.
If I am not reading I am listening to a story sometimes both.
Good First Novel
Her undeniable self fearlessness in work mode ability with a total lack of personal self worth. I am not sure I believe that if you kill someone in self defense that you should be considered a murderer.
No I listened in fast mode so hard to tell
Angered me when they lost Jessica, why turn off listening device?
She is so much better suited to this story than the Stephanie Plum novels.
Voice is too old for a girl in her twenties. This book was perfect for her, and she did it justice. Good job! I'll be happy for the return of this character with Judy Kaye as the reader.
I loved this book! Great story and great characters! Judy Kaye does a wonderful job narrating, though her accents and tone sometimes slipped, I was too intrigued with the story to be bothered much by that.
I actually have this book both in paperback and audible. I usually spend most of my time listening to books during my 40+ minute commute to work, but this story had me wanting to find out what would happen next so I also picked up the paperback and read some as well.
From the beginning I was drawn into the story of Brigid Quinn. I certainly didn't agree or understand why she did some of the things that she did (or why she didn't do some things she should have!) but as the story progressed and I became to know more about the character, it seemed to make sense. She's a little complicated and think that she fully understands other people, which is why she does some of the things in her own way - but by the end she comes to realize that she doesn't know some of her closest friends as well as she had thought.
I'm trying not to give away the story - I really liked it and hope we get so see more of this character in future books or at least more exciting stories like this one from Becky Masterman.
I'm a big fan of Michael Connelly, Lee Child and James Patterson - Becky Masterman is right up there with these guys in her storytelling.
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