We Were Killers Once (Hardcover)
A Thriller (Brigid Quinn Series #4)
Minotaur Books, 9781250074522, 320pp.
Publication Date: June 4, 2019
"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
In 1959, a family of four were brutally murdered in Holcomb, Kansas. Perry Smith and Dick Hickok were convicted and executed for the crime, and the murders and their investigation and solution became the subject of Truman Capote's masterpiece, In Cold Blood. But what if there was a third killer, who remained unknown? What if there was another family, also murdered, who crossed paths with this band of killers, though their murder remains unsolved? And what if Dick Hickok left a written confession, explaining everything?
Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn and her husband Carlo, a former priest and university professor, are trying to enjoy each other in this new stage in their lives. But a memento from Carlo's days as a prison chaplain--a handwritten document hidden away undetected in a box of Carlo's old things--has become a target for a man on the run from his past. Jerry Beaufort has just been released from prison after decades behind bars, and though he'd like to get on with living the rest of his life, he knows that somewhere there is a written record of the time he spent with two 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.
Becky Masterman's unputdownable thrillers featuring unique heroine Brigid Quinn continue with this fascinating alternative look at one of America's most famous crimes.
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Praise For We Were Killers Once: A Thriller (Brigid Quinn Series #4)…
"The book is stunning, best villain in a decade. The plot is mesmerizing, with a narrative that shocks as it enthralls. Fantastic."—Ken Bruen
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“Pulse-quickening...scorching...invigorating.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“When the nominations are made for the best crime-novel debut of the year, we should be hearing [Masterman's] name again.” —The Washington Post
“One of the most memorable FBI agents since Clarice Starling.” —Publishers Weekly (starred, Pick of the Week)
“Wow. An absolute pleasure. Chilling, smart...and what a voice.” —Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl
“Masterman lives up to her name in this masterly combination of compelling character and plot.” —Library Journal (starred review)