Our May Mystery Book Club book is Rage Against the Dying: A Brigid Quinn Series Book 1 by Becky Masterman.
"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 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."
The writing is very good. Brigid is a likeable character. I am familiar with many of the landmarks described in Tucson. I give it a 3 1/2 on my "icky meter."
The case Brigid gets sucked back into, after supposed to have been retired, or should we say couldn't stay out of, is "icky" with despicable people and violence. Not my thing. But about 1/2 through, we didn't have to read too much about that anymore. I have a bad feeling that this stuff has happened.
My other thought was that, for being ex FBI, Brigid made some really bad choices in this story bordering on dumb moves. I kept saying to myself, "Why would she do that? OMG, don't do that. While she is obviously a brave woman in her work life, I didn't find that in her personal life. Interesting contrast. I did find her thought processes when working through the case, interesting.
After letting it all settle for a couple of days, I think I might read book 2: Fear the Darkness.
What did you think?
Addendum: We had a really good discussion at out MBC earlier this month. Most members really liked the book. We all agreed Brigid is a likeable character. After the discussion, I see why Brigid possibly made some of the decisions she did. Most, including me, agreed we want to read the next book in the series.