Audie Award Finalist, Mystery, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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?
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