Praise for Becky Masterman

Rage Against the Dying

Nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Barry, and CWA Gold Dagger awards. Translated into 20 different languages. Lauded by the AARP and NPR.

“Brigid…is a character who’ll be more than welcome if Ms. Masterman turns her scorching debut into a running series.”
– Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“When the nominations are made for the best crime-novel debut of the year, we should be hearing her name again.”
– Patrick Anderson, Washington Post

“…a ride as thrilling as they can find outside the pages of Jeffery Deaver (who’s regularly invoked here), in the company of a heroine whose clear eyed disillusionment gives each wisecrack a trembling sense of mortality. A scorching, humane first novel that reads as if Masterman’s been sitting for a long time on some truly ugly secrets.”
– Kirkus

“Resist any temptation to bail after the creepy prologue – a sexual predator’s eye view of the woman he’s about to attack – because you’ll miss one of the most memorable FBI agents since Clarice Starling as well as a killer debut thriller.”
— Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review

Fear the Darkness

“Electrifying…another strong display of the author’s ingenuity. Ms. Masterman once again shows herself to be an expert manipulator of readers’ expectations.” ―Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Idiosyncratic and engaging. . .an action-filled finale that pulls the rug out from beneath expectations.” ―The Wall Street Journal

“[A] superior series. . .The strong voice that Masterman established for Brigid in Rage Against the Dying excels in this sequel.” ―The Associated Press

“Brigid Quinn is a vigorous narrator. . . with an arresting voice that keeps her audience close, without shying away at vulnerable moments. . . .Resourceful, direct, and determined–especially in the face of pure, murderous evil–in her second outing, Quinn remains a fun force to be reckoned with.” ―The Boston Globe

“It’s refreshing to spend time with Brigid. . . .She’s flawed and stubborn, but you sure would want her on your side in any kind of battle. ” ―The Plain Dealer

“Tough, cunning Brigid Quinn will certainly appeal to thriller readers who favor a female perspective, but her unwavering determination to fight for even the ugliest forms of justice will also draw in fans of Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane.” ―Booklist

A Twist of the Knife

“Edgar-finalist Masterman presents a compassionate, clear-eyed depiction of the painful foibles of human nature in her chilling, twist-filled third thriller….A compelling, complex lead, Brigid has no problem skirting the straight and narrow in her quest for justice.”
―Publishers Weekly

“Becky Masterman is an author I recently discovered. What I love about these books is that they’re page-turners, they’re really thrilling novels. The main character is a woman named Brigid Quinn, who is a former FBI agent now retired. Brigid is 60. I love that. When have we last seen the hero of a thriller age 60?”
—Nancy Pearl, NPR

“A crime novel that transcends the genre―a twisting, high-stakes story with characters so real and so recognizably human, that it breaks your heart a little. Brilliant.”
―Shari Lapena, author of the New York Times bestseller The Couple Next Door

“Brilliant, intricate, authentic and sometimes raw, this is a masterfully written story that’ll quicken your pulse and challenge the grey matter too. Brigid Quinn is my new favourite female investigator.”
―Gilly Macmillan, bestselling author of What She Knew

“Brigid Quinn is a force to be reckoned with—she’s smart, strong, refreshingly mature, witty as hell—and an absolute thrill to read.”
–Linda Castillo, bestselling author of Down a Dark Road

“This page-turner…tackles the rising tide of false death-row convictions and the long arm of family secrets.”

We Were Killers Once

The book is stunning. Best villain in a decade. The plot is mesmerizing, with a narrative that shocks as it enthralls.
–Ken Bruen

Former FBI agent Brigid Quinn, with her trademark toughness, raw humor, and human frailty, is back and better than ever in Masterman’s latest novel….a gripping premise, brilliantly executed…
–Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door.