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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.
©2013 Becky Masterman (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jan on 03-15-13

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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1 out of 5 stars
By Michael Bellesiles on 05-05-15

It's hard to like a dumb hero

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who enjoy feeling much smarter than the book's hero.

Has Rage Against the Dying turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but I certainly will avoid the author.

Have you listened to any of Judy Kaye’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but she's a great narrator.

What character would you cut from Rage Against the Dying?

The main character.

Any additional comments?

In my humble opinion, no book’s plot should hinge on the main character behaving like a complete moron. The entire story is driven by our supposedly intelligent hero, retired FBI agent Brigit Quinn, making an astoundingly stupid decision at the book’s start, for reasons that make absolutely no sense. She acknowledges her own stupidity, constantly complaining that she sure was dumb, before compounding her stupidity with many more mistakes. Though presented as a legendary field agent, Quinn shows complete contempt for the standards of law enforcement, again for no apparent reason. She falsifies, destroys, conceals, and steals evidence, her actions leading to the deaths of other innocent victims. Though the reader is repeatedly assured that Quinn was a superb cop, what we actually see is either an amazingly inept or corrupt individual. It’s hard to believe that she ever solved a case, and by half way through the book I was hoping that someone would arrest her and take us all out of our misery.

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