Becky Masterman’s debut novel Rage Against the Dying is a hair raising mystery set right in our back yard. Pushed into retirement, former FBI agent Brigid Quinn and her husband are starting to settle down in Tucson and live a quiet life. Brigid has decided retirement isn’t so bad and is starting to rather like her quiet life , but then her past finds her. Now she finds herself involved with an old unsolved case that was rather gruesome and horrific. A man has come forwarded claiming to have been the Route 66 killer that Brigid spent years searching for. He evens tells the FBI that he knows where Brigid’s missing protegee has been taken and will help them find her. Of course, the new FBI agent on the case believes the confession to be a fake, leaving it all up to Brigid to once and for all close this deadly case.
Materman’s writing style is compelling. She weaves in and out of the past and present flawlessly, making the reader unable to put the book down. She also uses multiple narrators to tell the story, giving you a complete look at what is happening. This book has a few graphic and intense moments that will both make you both cringe and keep reading to find out what happens. I was utterly immersed in the story from the first paragraph and all the way through the book. And of course, I loved that it took place in Tucson. Somehow it just makes the story that much better when I know the setting. Be sure to get Masterman’s novel, this is an author to start looking for.