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Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman

Rage Against the Dying

Part of the A Brigid Quinn investigation Series
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January 2014 Debut of the Month.

A brilliant novel, I cannot believe this is her first. It is the proverbial ‘page-turner’ which is hard to put down, with characters that are really well drawn and believable. Interestingly it stars a 59-year old woman retired from the FBI and embarking upon a new life with a new husband. Naturally her past catches up with her and this fast-paced, thrilling and suspenseful tale takes you by the throat and doesn’t let go until all strands are woven together. Highly recommended.

Shortlisted for the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger 2013.

CWA judges' comment: “Lethally skilled in the art of self-defence, ex-FBI agent Brigid Quinn is a heroine-in-peril forced back into the horrors of her old life. Characterisation and pace ensure a criminally engrossing and assured edge-of-the-seat debut thriller exploring the well-furrowed path of the FBI behavioural science unit pitted against the serial killer, but with a freshness of plot that makes the reader sit-up to attention.”

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An emotionally powerful debut mystery thriller with a radically different central character in the shape of Brigid Quinn, ex FBI, 59 years old, haunted by past violence and trying to be retired. Drawn into a very personal cold case she is soon on the end of mortal danger she thought she had left behind. Fast-paced, suspenseful, laced with dark humour and more than a splash of blood and guts - crime fans will love it.

If you like Becky Masterman you might also like to read books by Tess Gerritsen, Lisa Gardner and Liz Jensen.

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Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman

After a long and murky career with the FBI, Brigid Quinn is trying to move on. She's got a nice house. Dogs. A husband who knows nothing of her past. But the abduction and murder of a young female colleague still haunts her. So when the girl's body is finally found, and a man confesses to the murder, Brigid is desperate for answers. Yet the more she learns, the more convinced she is that they have the wrong man. Following leads that the Bureau ignored, she's propelled straight into the path of a ruthless serial killer. One who has evaded the law for decades, and will stop at nothing to keep her quiet...But Brigid Quinn is a woman to be reckoned with.


'Brigid ... is a character who'll be more than welcome if Ms. Masterman turns her scorching debut into a running series ... Actresses of a certain age ought to welcome Brigid too. It's rare when such a hot new 59-year-old granny comes along.' - NEW YORK TIMES

'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 Wow! An absolute pleasure. Chilling, smart, funny, and what a voice she has' - Gillian Flynn author of GONE GIRL

About the Author

Becky Masterman

Becky Masterman spends her days working in a forensic science publishing house and her nights writing stylish, exhilarating thrillers. Rage Against the Dying is her debut novel. Becky lives and works in Tucson, Arizona.

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2nd January 2014


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