"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
Published: September 2022
A complicated history. A deadly future. Can one woman survive another deep dive into the rotten underbelly of crime?
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.
"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
Even today, I remember smelling the oysters that every restaurant displayed for sale outside their door. Oysters? I didn’t know that was such a big deal for Christmas in Paris. Angeline ate what I ate, shopped where I shopped, and searched for the man she wanted to poison to avenge her sister’s death. She passed many soldiers on the streets as twenty thousand had been called to protect the city. She met the man she wanted to poison in a seafood bistro that was recommended to me. Because of that sign for the Halsman exhibit, I gave Angeline’s dead sister Sophie the same vulnerability as Marilyn Monroe and knew that Sophie had been exploited, too, for her beauty. That way, every time Angeline took the Metro and saw one of those posters of MM, she would be triggered and enraged.