Rage Against the Dying

  • by Becky Masterman
  • Narrated by Judy Kaye
  • 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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I hope there are more of these on the way!

Where does Rage Against the Dying rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have listened to many, many audiobooks and this is easily in the top ten.


What did you like best about this story?

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.


Which scene was your favorite?

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 were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

If you're tired of vampires, zombies and tennyboppers here's the film for you. A thinking person's action movie!


Any additional comments?

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.

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- Janice "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."

Mystery and love story for adults

Any additional comments?

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!

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- Carolyn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-12-2013
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio