Brigid Quinn is 59 and happily enjoying her first marriage to a wonderful man named Carlo. They read together. They collect rocks. They have pugs. Life is good, and Brigid knows it; before marrying Carlo, Brigid led a completely different life. She was an FBI agent who specialized in catching violent criminals. Brigid loved her job, but over the years, the senseless violence perpetrated on innocent victims made her angry. She killed an unarmed criminal, tarnishing her stellar career. So she retired. Lo and behold, she found Carlo, found love, and is determined to be the perfect little wife. However, her old life seems determined to ruin her new one; a man has come forward, admitting to killing a string of women, including Jessica, a rookie agent Brigid once helped train. Now, Brigid is pulled into the investigation, and soon, the violence of the past threatens her in the present. Brigid must not only figure out what truly happened to the young FBI agent; she may have to save another, all while trying to save her marriage.
I very much enjoyed Rage Against the Dying. Brigid is a true career woman: she gave her all to her job and didn’t really give much of herself to living real life. She can’t cook, can’t do small talk, and is so practiced at keeping secrets that she doesn’t know how to share even tiny pieces of herself. She reminded me a bit of Helen Mirren’s character in the movie Red, who pretends domestic bliss but takes spy jobs on the sly. Even though she’s retired, Brigid is still good at her job. Criminals, beware!