Book: Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman (NEW March 2013)
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This exciting new mystery book features a hard-boiled detective. Typical of the breed. Slightly older than the bad guys, but still a fighter. Disrespectful of authority. Drinks too much. Appreciates the opposite sex. Harbors some inner secrets that make for an interestingly flawed character.
But there the typicality stops. This hard-boiled detective is a woman.
She’s not a P.I.–instead she’s “retired” from the F.B.I. for having (perhaps) killed a guy unnecessarily.
She doesn’t live in the big city–she lives in Tucson, Arizona.
She’s not chasing after the opposite sex in this mystery book, although she’s struggling with the concept of a normal relationship with her ex-priest husband who doesn’t know about her background.
I love hard boiled detective novels, and first-time novelist Becky Masterman has nailed the genre in Rage Against the Dying. But the twists she has given the tried and true formula make it fresh, unpredictable and fun. And isn’t it delightful to discover a brand new author and begin panting for the next book? Please tell me there is going to be a next book soon.
Since there’s no way to delve into the plot without spoiling your fun, and since the characters are so firmly entrenched in the plot development, I’m going to skip all that and share with you some bits of conversation I had with Masterman by e-mail. I first met her at the Tucson Festival of Books, where I met four other women writers I want to share with you soon.
ATL: Could a traveler use your book as a guide to Southern Arizona?
A freelance writer who loves to travel. When she is not traveling she is reading about travel. When she is not reading or traveling, she is sharing with the readers of A Traveler's Library, recreating her family's past at Ancestors In Aprons. She writes frequently for Reel Life With Jane and other websites. Also co-author of a biography, Quincy Tahoma, The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist. Contact Vera Marie by e-mail.