“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 fifty-nine.”
Brigid Quinn's experiences in hunting sexual predators for the FBI have left her with memories she wishes she didn’t have and lethal skills she hopes never to need again. Having been pushed into early retirement by events she thinks she's put firmly behind her, Brigid keeps telling herself she is settling down nicely in Tucson with a wonderful new husband, Carlo, and their dogs.
But the past intervenes when a man named Floyd Lynch confesses to the worst unsolved case of 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.
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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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