The Last Act

A Novel
Narrated by: Graham Halstead
Series: The Last Act, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author Brad Parks delivers a tense novel of thrills, twists, and deceit that grabs you and won’t let go until the final, satisfying moment.

Tommy Jump is an out-of-work stage actor approached by the FBI with the role of a lifetime: Go undercover at a federal prison, impersonate a convicted felon, and befriend a fellow inmate, a disgraced banker named Mitchell Dupree, who knows the location of documents that can be used to bring down a ruthless drug cartel...if only he’d tell the FBI where they are. 

The women in Tommy’s life, his fiancée and mother, tell him he’s crazy to even consider taking the part. The cartel has quickly risen to become the largest supplier of crystal meth in America. And it hasn’t done it by playing nice. Still, Tommy’s acting career has stalled, and the FBI is offering a minimum of $150,000 for a six-month gig - whether he gets the documents or not. 

Using a false name and backstory, Tommy enters the low-security prison and begins the process of befriending Dupree. But Tommy soon realizes he’s underestimated the enormity of his task and the terrifying reach of the cartel. The FBI aren't the only ones looking for the documents, and if Tommy doesn’t play his role to perfection, it just may be his last act.

©2019 Brad Parks (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"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 best-selling 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)

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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Trials and tribulations...

This is a two part story. The first part (The Whistleblower ) is a two hour short story released on 1/8/19. I would highly suggest listening to that book first otherwise the crux of this book may be lost.
Anyway, this is a really clever story that is put together so well. I really enjoyed the character development as well as the environmental descriptions.
Brad Parks is a super author. This book reminds me somewhat of early John Grisham books. An impossible situation with the good guys (Mitchell Dupree and Tommy Jump) somehow on the wrong side of the law. The bad guys (a powerful cartel) seem to have the odds stacked in their favor. This scenario requires lots of strategizing and risking not only their lives but also the lives of their loved ones.
This book is superb. The writing is solid, the story well formed, the suspense is palpable and the conclusion, stunning.
Graham Halstead narration is more than excellent.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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First Class Act.....

One of my favorite books of 2019.

I have listened to so many duds lately that it was a real treat to FINALLY listen to a book that was truly over-the-top. The book's character development was superb and its plot was beyond compelling. The book's narration was really, really good, too ---making it impossible to put down. I listened to the book in 2 days because I just could not stop listening.

This is my sixth Brad Parks novel. This book and "Say Nothing" were amazing.

I highly recommend this book and would love to listen to an encore!

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Another Entertaining Story

This story will keep you listening until the very end! Suspend disbelief and be entertained! I really enjoyed every bit of this story! While I was trying to guess the next moves of the undercover actor and the other principals in the story, what happened next was always a surprise especially the ending. I love a good coherent ending! Brad Parks is a great storyteller and Graham Halstead is an excellent narrator. I highly recommend

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Absolutely incredible!

Wow! I am obsessed with the author Brad Parks. I have listened to or read 6 of his other books which were all amazing, but I think this one is my favorite thus far. I listened to the entire thing in 2 days.

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great read

will look for more from this author. great character development! first read off Audible. super

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Nothing New

I found the main character very similar to Carter Ross. Too similar. I like the series but want someone new.

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