The Last Act by Brad Parks
Published March 12, 2019 by Dutton Books
From Publisher: Struggling stage actor Tommy Jump is offered the role of a lifetime: $150,000 for a six-month acting gig. With a newly pregnant fiancee depending on him, it’s an opportunity he can’t refuse, even though the offer comes from the strangest employer imaginable: the FBI.
My Thoughts: When I saw the blurb for this book I knew I had to read it. I can’t seem to resist book descriptions with buzzwords like FBI, undercover, prison, the cartels, money laundering etc. Sign me up! The great news: Brad Parks delivered a cinematic, action filled story I couldn’t put down.
Tommy Jump is offered an acting deal he feels he can’t pass up. The FBI want him to go undercover in a low security prison to make contact with Mitchell Dupree, a banker who has been convicted of laundering millions for the New Colima cartel and who supposedly still has one ace in the hole that could take that cartel down. Problem is: he’s not about to give it to the FBI. I have to say, I really liked Tommy right from the start. He seemed feisty, level headed and intelligent but at the same time, he was letting the idea of all that money cloud his judgment because he forgot how these things usually go…if a deal like this one seems too good to be true…it probably is.
Parks sets up the opening scenes and Tommy’s arrival in prison brilliantly. I’m super picky when it comes to details in thrillers. I like things to be fast paced and tension filled but I also want it realistic with all the i’s dotted and t’s crossed and this story was all that and more. With short chapters, a breakneck pace, and dialogue that was so spot on that I could picture this perfectly in my head as a movie, I finished this in a day. I really hope the film rights for this have been snatched up!
**More exciting News** Brad Park’s novel Closer Than You Know (March 2018) is available today in Paperback!!
Thanks to Dutton Books via Netgalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review