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The Last Act: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Award-winning author Brad Parks delivers "a perfect piece of entertainment" (Steve Berry), a deliciously tense novel of thrills, twists, and deceit that will keep readers riveted.
Struggling stage actor Tommy Jump knows he has to stop chasing applause and start chasing greenbacks. But then he’s offered the role of a lifetime: $150,000 for a six-month acting gig. With a newly pregnant fiancée depending on him, it’s an opportunity he can’t refuse, even though the offer comes from the strangest employer imaginable: the FBI.

The feds won a small victory when they arrested Mitchell Dupree, a banker who has spent the past four years laundering money for New Colima, one of the deadliest cartels in Mexico and a major supplier of crystal meth in the US. But Dupree has documents that could lead to arrests of high-ranking members of New Colima, including their fearsome leader, El Vio . . . if only he’d tell the FBI where they are.

Using a false name and backstory, Tommy will enter Dupree’s low-security prison as a felon and get close to the banker in the hopes that he’ll reveal the documents’ whereabouts. But when Tommy arrives, he quickly realizes that he’s underestimated the enormity of his task and the terrifying reach of the cartel. Because the FBI isn’t the only one looking for the documents, and if Tommy doesn’t play his role to perfection, it just may be his last act.

About the Author

International bestselling author Brad Parks is the only writer to have won the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Awards, three of crime fiction’s most prestigious prizes. A former reporter with The Washington Post and The Star-Ledger (Newark), he lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.

Praise For…

Advance Praise for THE LAST ACT

“A perfect piece of entertainment."--Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

"With The Last Act, Parks conjures meth, murder, and musical theater into a remarkable turn of crime fiction magic."--Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author

Praise for Brad Parks and His Novels

“Parks has produced a gripping story, masterfully drawn.” (Editor’s Pick) on Closer Than You Know

“The novel’s final pages are exciting, surprising, and deeply moving. How moving? Its ending brought me to tears, and, where books are concerned, such moments are rare. . . . [Say Nothing] carries his work to a new level.” 
—The Washington Post 
“[Say Nothing] grips the reader from the get-go and doesn’t let up until the final twist in a story that’s filled with surprises.” 
—Associated Press 
"[A] real gem . . . Closer Than You Know [is] full of what makes a great novel great. Brilliant characters, as well as a plot line that will rattle your nerves with every page."  
The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA)
"Another winning tale of domestic suspense from the Shamus– and Nero Award–winning author Parks, who knows how to get readers to empathize emotionally with his characters while amping up the tension and suspense from the first page.”
Library Journal (starred review) on Closer Than You Know
“A top-notch thriller . . . clever storytelling, pitch-perfect dialogue . . . His latest work reaffirms his stature as an adroit and accomplished author whose abilities shine brighter with each novel.”
–Richmond Times-Dispatch on Closer Than You Know
Product Details
ISBN: 9781524743536
ISBN-10: 1524743534
Publisher: Dutton
Publication Date: March 12th, 2019
Pages: 384
Language: English