1 Last Betrayal
by Valerie J Brooks
November 14 - December 9, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
Angeline Porter craves a return to normalcy. But when the former criminal defense attorney receives an alarming text, she races in desperation to Florida only to find a ransacked apartment, a poisoned dog, and a missing half-sister. Determined to rescue her sibling, she follows a trail of shockingly incriminating clues and plunges into a life-or-death fight with the Boston mob.
Taking advantage of old ties with a charming FBI agent and trying to outsmart a violent syndicate boss with powerful federal connections, Angeline and dubious allies begin tracking down the kidnappers… until she uncovers a supposed protector’s crafty deception. And while a nefarious rogue agent, a long-lost relative, and a possibly corrupt cop close in, the gutsy woman makes the risky decision to go it alone.
Is her headlong race to save her sister about to zip her into a body bag?
1 Last Betrayal is the suspense-laden third book in the Angeline Porter Trilogy of femmes-noir thrillers. If you like bold heroines, riveting twists, and balancing on the knife’s edge, then you’ll love Valerie J. Brooks’ gritty descent into the underworld.
Praise for 1 Last Betrayal:
"Steeped in suspense, chilling encounters, and shocking twists, Brooks drops us into the dark underbelly of organized crime, and we love her for it."
Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and The Over
"A twisty plot, great locations, and a gutsy protagonist you’ll root for all the way. A fabulous finale to a sophisticated series that can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone title."
Kaira Rouda, USA Today and Amazon Charts bestselling author
"A seductive, intricately twisted suspense-thriller that’s nearly impossible to put down... get ready for a wild ride with plenty of suspense, action, and shocking surprises"
Kevin O'Brien, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Night She Disappeared
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This novel begins with a recap of the previous one so readers will be up to speed on the situation right away. This novel does contain some suspense but much of the story is Angeline thinking about past events or supposing answers to current events. She thinks through all the events of the two previous novels. She does that, I think, because there is so much contradictory and deceptive information as well as people who are not who they claim to be. Continual thinking is needed to figure out what is going on. About half way through this novel, Angeline thinks, “I was confused. None of this made sense.” (1803/3698) I knew exactly how she felt. The novel contains a pretty graphic sex scene, something I did not feel was necessary for a good plot progression.
This is a novel for readers who like a complex plot with events not being what they appear and people not being who they claim. Readers should also like a good deal of character thought with a scene or two of suspense. I felt the end of this novel was a little strange and not at all what I expected, considering previous events. There is a big unanswered question in the closing scene but I do think this is the end of this series.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Crime Thriller
Published by: Black Leather Jacket Press
Publication Date: September 2022
Number of Pages: 298
Series:The Angeline Porter Trilogy, Book 3
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NYTimes bestselling author Kevin O’Brien called her second novel TAINTED TIMES 2 “… a real nail-biter from first page to the last.” Heather Gudenkauf, NYT bestselling author of THE WEIGHT OF SILENCE and THE OVERNIGHT GUEST calls Brooks the Queen of the Femmes-noir Thriller and says her upcoming 3rd novel 1 LAST BETRAYAL is “explosive” and “Brooks drops us into the dark underbelly of organized crime, and we love her for it.”
Brooks is a member of Sisters in Crime. Her awards include an Elizabeth George Foundation grant and five writing residencies. She teaches workshops and classes on writing noir and creating plot twists. Brooks found her love of thrillers as a teen after turning in a hitman to the FBI.
She lives in Oregon with her husband, Dan Connors and their Havanese pooch Stevie Nicks.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)