Wednesday, April 3, 2013


A standout debut deserves a standout narrator - enter Judy Kaye who gives voice to one of the most disturbing, black-humored, intelligent protagonists around.  Tony Award winner Kaye has an impressive resume and varied professional experience spanning theater, television and opera.  She appeared on Broadway in Grease, Phantom of the Opera, and Ragtime among others.  She has performed with a number of symphony orchestras including the NY Philharmonic and the London Symphony.  And, just in case you think she doesn’t know her way around a thriller she’s the voice of Kinsey Millhone in Sue Grafton’s series.  So, sit back and get ready to meet retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn - one gal you won’t forget.

At home in Tucson Brigid thinks she’s put her days as an undercover agent specializing in catching sexual predators behind her and happily settled down with her husband, Carlos DiForenza, a former priest who is now a professor.   Well, almost - there are memories that tend to haunt.  An especially disturbing one is the disappearance and presumed murder of young Jessica Robertson who had been working with Brigid to catch a sadistic killer.  So, when trucker Floyd Lynch confesses to being the killer who slaughtered 8 women including Jessica it would seem that’s one memory that may no longer bedevil Brigid.

However, there are a few road blocks - Laura Coleman, the new FBI agent on the case thinks the confession is phony; Brigid is retired, no longer permitted to investigate, and before long Laura disappears.

Rage Against the Dying is an intense thriller with a dynamite protagonist.  Kudos to Becky Masterson for a stellar debut.

- Gail Cooke

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