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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)

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A gutsy, gory, startlingly original serial killer thriller with a heroine who'll blow a hole in the American crime landscape

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 757 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (28 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B8TBVMI
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,439 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Very enjoyable read with interesting characters and plot. Serial murders, a complex FBI agent and lots of question to keep you hooked till the end.
Unusual to have an elderly female protagonist but Brigid Quinn is the kind of protagonist who seems real and believable and she carries the story. Interposed between the action, her relationship with her college professor husband adds an extra layer to the plot.
A satisfying crime thriller
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Format: Paperback
Brigid Quinn is a recently retired FBI agent. One of the major cases that she worked on was a serial killer whose victims included a colleague of Quinn's who was intended to serve as bait to catch him. This case has haunted her, so when it appears that the killer has finally been apprehended she seizes the opportunity to dive back into the action. However she and the investigating agent start to question whether they have the right man. It also appears that Quinn herself may be the target of someone unknown.

This is a fast paced story which has lots of twists and turns and a very intriguing, albeit pretty nutty, main character. I read it in two sittings and was wondering what would happen in between. Lots of atmosphere, good use of its Arizonan setting and a pleasing whodunnit.

I've given it three stars because I'm torn between the parts I liked and the parts I didn't. Firstly, there are some continuity errors and while these aren't critical, they did pull me out of the action from time to time. Secondly and more importantly, the main character's actions just stop being believable at some stage in the second half of the book. Obsessive agent or not, I can't accept that she would take the risks that she does or draw the conclusions that she does. Nor do I believe that it would be so hard to find someone to listen to her. Nevertheless, a fast paced and an original story.
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I read a number of crime thrillers but generally prefer those written by and set in Britain (eg Ann Cleaves, Kate Atkinson, Elly Griffiths). I tried Lee Child and thought it was dreadful. This was a book club choice and I was pleasantly surprised. I liked the protagonist. It was interesting to have an old woman who was so confident in many ways but felt she had to try so hard with her marriage. There were unexpected twists and turns but a satisfying outcome. I liked the comedy of the Pugs. There was violence but it felt legitimate rather than included for the sake of it
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Brigid Quinn has recently retired from the FBI and is living a quiet life in Tuscon with her new husband Carlo. Carlo doesn't know the details of Brigid's federal past and she is reluctant to share these with him. Brigid was a top agent working on high profile cases but she is haunted by the Route 66 killer, the one she did not catch and the one who killed her protege. After killing a suspect in another case Brigid was sidelined and shunted into retirement.

One day she gets a call from the FBI, they have a man who has confessed to being the Route 66 killer and he leads the FBI to the body of the agent Brigid was so close to. However something about his confession does not ring true and when Brigid is targeted by another killer, and when another agent goes missing, Brigid is in a race to find the real killer before others die.

This is a novel premise in that the heroine is a retired female with grey hair and health problems, yet is still mentally functional. This type of central character is not written about unless in the 'Miss Marple' vein and it is refreshing. The plot is convoluted but clever and moves along at a decent pace - not so fast that detail is lost, but not so slow that it drags. Brigid is a prickly character and other characters are not drawn as well. Overall this is a really entertaining book for a short term fix of thrills.
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Format: Hardcover
I won this book through Good Reads First Reads

Brigid is retired FBI, haunted by the case that led to the rookie under her wing being kidnapped and murdered. The FBI finally have a confession and are happy to shut a case that to Brigid appears all wrong - in Dirty Harry style, Brigid decides to investigate for herself.

Starts with a whimper, ends with a bang, a really decent read
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This book I thought was well written, with a witty dialogue and fast-paced. Decent plot to keep me reading. The main character was likeable, if not a little stubborn which I found frustrating, but the writing style saved it. I would definitely give the author another go!
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This serial killer with a heroine who is one character I want to see more of.
Brigid Quinn is a retired FBI agent who lost a colleague of hers to a serial killer.
When someone, the serial killer is apprehended, She comes out of retirement but starts to doubt if the really have caught the killer.
I loved this book. Becky Masterman has got a star character in Brigid Quinn and I want to see more of her.
This book was sent by the publisher via netgalley for an honest review
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I read this book in a day - I could not put it down.

It is the unusual heroine that hooked me - a retired middle aged FBI agent . Brigid does not fit the stereotype of a female detective she is flawed but has strength and determination. A far cry from Miss Marples.

Masterman writes with intense and compelling style - the Prologue works well and sets the scene for the complex plot.

We need more heroines like Brigid.
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