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The Last Act

The Last Act by Brad Parks
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Mar 12, 2019 | 384 Pages
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“[Parks’] thriller Say Nothing, published in 2017, was delightfully suspenseful, but his latest, The Last Act, may be his best yet…The Last Act possesses two notable virtues. One is excellent characterizations. Parks not only makes [his protagonist] Tommy believable but does the same for numerous others, including his admirable girlfriend, his difficult mother, his huge, possibly dangerous cellmate, the poker-playing convict who has the secrets and the slippery FBI agent he trusts, perhaps unwisely. The other is a roller-coaster plot that serves up endless surprises. Whatever you think is coming next probably isn’t.”
The Washington Post

”The heroes and villains shine, and the writing makes the narrative believable and intense. This story is definitely not the author’s last act, and it solidifies the prestige and accolades Parks’ has achieved. Prepare to be surprised and astonished.”
Associated Press

“The former Star-Ledger reporter turned in another spectacular mystery… Given Parks’ stellar plotting and writing, it’s worth getting lost in The Last Act.”
The Newark Star-Ledger

“A devilishly good story with more twists and turns than Say Nothing, and enough edge-of-your-seat suspense to fill two books.” 
CrimeReads

The Last Act is a fast read that sinks its hooks into you and doesn’t let go.”
BookReporter

“A perfect piece of entertainment.”
—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

“A superb, highly original thriller with a terrific premise. I loved it.”
—Peter James, #1 international 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

“This novel packs on the suspenseful surprises and plot reversals that made Parks a mainstay on the best-seller lists, but it’s not just gritty and dark. With a lighter approach, Parks focuses on enduring characters and sharp wordplay, perfect for those who like their thrillers witty rather than bloody. Even if they aren’t fans of Broadway musicals, readers will want to seek out this one.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“Award-winning author Brad Parks delivers a confident — and highly entertaining — thriller that spins on believable characters and avoids clichés. It works as a domestic drama that also delves into money laundering, the drug cartel and prison. The Last Act again proves Parks’ mettle in high-concept standalone novels.” 
South Florida Sun Sentinel

The Last Act is rife with surprise…[with] smart, tough lead females who provide the essential brains and grit that make happy endings possible… The unforced element of surprise, which is also present and, in spades, works. There are switchbacks and sudden side turnings. Not the least of these is a pitch-perfect outcome.”
—The Virginian-Pilot

“With a story which made us angry, sad, and was too close to the realities that exist in our society today, The Last Act is definitely an entertaining commercial thriller which does not disappoint.” 
Mystery Tribune

“[A] riveting new thriller…it’s a perfect setup.” 
The Big Thrill

The setup is so patient and the logistics so matter-of-fact that even the savviest readers will be caught in the story’s expertly laid traps before they know what’s happening.”
Kirkus

“A Brad Parks novel offers two pleasures. One is watching a stunning talent at work. The other—operating almost apart from the first—is getting wrapped in the coils of a fiendishly clever thriller.”
Booklist 

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