Audie Award Finalist, Mystery, 2014
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!
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 really enjoyed this book, even though I didn’t understand Brigid’s decisions some of the times, I really liked her and will definitely read the second book in this series. I was impressed to see this was this author’s first book and think she has a good career in front of her.
From the moment we meet retired FBI Agent Brigid Quinn we know she is no shrinking violet ready to buy a walker and toddle on into retirement, oh no Brigid Quinn is a badass no matter what her age is. There are times though that I was wondering about her decisions, there is actually many of them that make you go hmmm, however, I needed to know what happened next, I also needed to know why she made the decisions she did, there had to be a reason behind it. The more I learned about Brigid and why she does the things she does made me like her more and more as the book went on.
All the secondary characters are fully fleshed out and I really hope that certain people will be back, okay that was ambiguous I know, but there are characters you need to worry about to enjoy this book and I don’t want to spoil it for you.
This book is a thrill ride from beginning to end, it is a hard book to put down I didn’t ever want to stop listening. It starts out with a bang and doesn’t let up to the crazy conclusion. It kept me guessing all the way through I never had an inkling who the serial killer was and the reveal was edge of your seat screaming at Brigid get out of there, get back up, Ahhhh look out!
Judy Kaye’s narration was fabulous all of the characters and accents were very well done. She did a few different accents which felt authentic especially since the main accents were male characters it was very impressive. She brought Brigid to life flawlessly and I hope that she will continue to narrate this series because I will keep listening, I see she narrates Sue Grafton’s series and I have been meaning to re-read those so may have to start them on audio.
If you haven’t already surmised I truly enjoyed this book and look forward to this series continuing. This would be a full 5 stars but there are times you have to suspend a little belief (which stems from Brigid’s decisions) but this is a solid 4 ½ Stars.
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.
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.
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.
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Brigid Quinn was an (ex) FBI agent had quit a job that she thoroughly enjoyed. However, when her protege, Jessica, was murdered by someone she felt had been out there killing a woman per year for the last 6 years, she blamed herself. The 5 other victims had been found along the highway. However, Jessica had never been found.
The time of year when another killing was to take place, Brigid couldn't help being interested. She kept in contact with her old comrades and therefore, she had the inside scoop.
Laura Coleman was a new member of the FBI force. Brigid was introduced to her and when a gentleman, Floyd, comes forward and turns himself in for the murder of Jessica, Laura feels that he is not the right man. The male agents have decided that Floyd is their man. He knows information that had never been made public. Laura phones Brigid and asks for her help.
Brigid finds herself anxious to help because there had been a few incidences in the recent past that alert her to the fact that Laura is on the right track.
Brigid and Laura, along with 2 male FBI agents, have decided as a team what they will do to catch the killer. I sure hope that Laura is not found dead because she is walking along the highway, attempting to be picked up, not as a prostitute but as someone who has "lost her way."
The mystery was an easy listen. There was good narration. The narrator was good with male or female voices as well as foreign accents. The character's were given their own personality. The story has a romantic theme to it as well. Enjoy the listen.
This is a wonderful first book with a well developed and likable heroine.
Yes, it was riveting.
There were many but I thought the marriage of a former FBI agent and a former
priest was an interesting, original and complex relationship.
I highly recommend it as an intelligent and satisfying thriller.
I just wanted to keep listening!
Haven't heard the others.
Can't listen to any book in one sitting.
I generally prefer to read rather than to listen to books since audio versions tend to limit my imagination. Having said that, Judy Kaye's performance made those long hours in LA traffic thoroughly bearable! Unlike most audible readers, she doesn't act up a storm (I particularly dislike male readers doing all female characters in the same high, breathy voice!) nor mispronounce words and names, an annoyingly common trait. Ms. Kaye is thinking about the words she is saying and the story she is telling, and I suspect that, for me, this may be one book that is better listened to than read.
Becky Masterman is an interesting new author who uses language well and knows how to tell a good story. Too soon to tell if she's going to develop a truly distinctive voice as a writer or just start churning them out. Hope she chooses the former because she has talent.
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