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We Were Killers Once
By (author): Becky Masterman
9780735241107 Paperback, Mass market English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense Dec 01, 2020
$12.99 CAD
Active 4.12 x 6.83 x 0.86 in | 0.45 lb 416 pages Penguin Canada
Inspired by mysteries that still surround the case explored by Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, We Were Killers Once pits Brigid Quinn against a man who has gotten away with evil for nearly fifty years—and now has his sights on her family.

In present-day Arizona, retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn and her husband, Carlo, a former priest and university professor, are trying to enjoy this new stage in their lives. But a memento from Carlo’s days as a prison chaplain—a handwritten document hidden away in a box of his old things—has made him a target for a man on the run from his past.

Jerry Beaufort has just been released from prison after decades behind bars, and although he’d like to get on with the rest of his life, he knows that somewhere out there is a written record of the time he spent with two notorious killers in 1959. Following the path of this letter will bring Jerry into contact with the last person he’ll see as a threat: Brigid Quinn.

IRRESISTIBLE HOOK: This novel is inspired by the infamous 1959 Clutter family murders, subject of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood—and by a very similar crime that happened a month later, which has never been solved.

A DEEP DIVE INTO A MURDEROUS MIND: Brigid Quinn shares the stage with a brilliantly realized nemesis, Jeremiah Beaufort, whose twisted and horrifying history unfolds alongside the briskly paced contemporary plot.

HIGHLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR: Becky Masterman’s previous three novels have received rave reviews from critics and from some of the best crime and thriller novelists writing today, including Gillian Flynn, Linwood Barclay, and Shari Lapena who says about this novel: “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. As Quinn is drawn into an infamous cold case with a possible link to the two killers immortalized by Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, she finds danger closing in. A gripping premise, brilliantly executed—you won’t be able to put this one down!”

BECKY MASTERMAN, who was an acquisitions editor for a press specializing in medical textbooks for forensic examiners and law enforcement, received her MA in creative writing from Florida Atlantic University. Her debut thriller, Rage Against the Dying, was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of 2013, and the ITV Thriller Award, as well as the Macavity, Barry, and Anthony awards. We Were Killers Once is her fourth novel. Masterman lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband.

Author Residence: Tucson, Arizona

Author Hometown: Florida

“The book is stunning, best villain in a decade. The plot is mesmerizing, with a narrative that shocks as it enthralls. Fantastic.” ―Ken Bruen, author of White Trilogy and The Guards

“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. As Quinn is drawn into an infamous cold case with a possible link to the two killers immortalized by Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, she finds danger closing in. A gripping premise, brilliantly executed—you won’t be able to put this one down!” —Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door


Praise for Becky Masterman and previous Brigid Quinn novels:

“[Brigid Quinn is] one of the most memorable FBI agents since Clarice Starling.” —Publishers Weekly

“A superior series.” —The Associated Press

“Pulse-quickening…scorching…invigorating.” —The New York Times

“Masterman cements her place as a solid talent in the mystery genre.” —Vancouver Sun

“The twists are legion, the betrayals and surprises in plentiful supply, but Masterman keeps expert control of the plot as she puts character first. It’s not a question of hoping we’ll hear more from Masterman. It’s a given, and a demand.” —Maclean’s

“Brigid Quinn is a name to watch.” —The Globe and Mail

“Quinn’s smart and valiant tussle with the corrupt and stupid people caught up in the murder case…makes for the kind of terrific read we’ve grown accustomed to in Masterman’s books.” —Toronto Star

“Resourceful, direct, and determined—especially in the face of pure, murderous evil…Quinn remains a fun force to be reckoned with.” —The Boston Globe

“Anyone who appreciates graceful, thoughtful, suspenseful writing will be glad to meet sexy, tough, conflicted and compassionate Brigid Quinn.” —The Washington Post

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