Suspense will keep you guessing

An actor gets the role of a lifetime in “The Last Act” by Brad Parks.

Once upon a time, Tommy Jump was a child actor earning acclaim. Now, as an adult, he is facing some trouble trying to keep afloat.

Now that his fiancee is pregnant, it looks like he may have to give up the acting side of the theater and perhaps become a small town director. That is, until he runs into an old friend from childhood, Danny, who is now in the FBI. He asks Tommy to help him get some inside information about a drug cartel through an imprisoned banker, Mitchell Dupree, who laundered money for the cartel and may know the whereabouts of some secret documents. All he wants Tommy to do is go into jail as a felon under an assumed name, make friends with Mitchell, and get the information.

Tommy and his fiancee decide its worth the risk for the cash reward of $150,000 for only six months of his life. But once Tommy is in jail, will he be able to find his way out?

There are a lot of twists and turns in this crime novel that will keep readers in suspense and wonder what Tommy will do. It’s a nail-biter of a thriller.

“The Last Act” is published by Dutton. It is $26.


Amy Phelps is a longtime columnist for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.