Mike Lawson's previous novels starring Joe DeMarco, ''fixer'' for the Speaker of the House, have earned him a loyal following from thriller aficionados and a place among the most talented and captivating thriller writers focusing on the dangerous games of our nation's capital.
In House Secrets, DeMarco is sent to investigate the death of a reporter, the son of one of his boss' old colleagues, even though it appears to be nothing more than an unfortunate accident. He soon learns that the reporter was on the trail of Senator Paul Morelli, a rising star considered a shoe-in for his party's presidential nomination. Some politicians are lucky, and Morelli has been luckier than most, but his past has already been thoroughly scrutinized and he looks clean. But then, why is DeMarco being followed by a pair of rogue agents who freelance for the CIA?
Dirty secrets, beltway politics, and divided loyalties threaten as DeMarco's investigation spirals dangerously out of control. Filled with surprising twists, a captivating plot, and excellent characters both old and new, House Secrets (fourth in the Joe DeMarco series) is Lawson's best book yet.
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MIKE LAWSON, a former senior civilian executive for the U.S. Navy, is the author of three previous novels starring Joe DeMarco. His first book, The Inside Ring, was rated by the Seattle Times as one of the top ten thrillers of 2005 and nominated for a Barry Award.Review:
''House Secrets is his best yet.'' -- Jeff Ayers, The Big Thrill
''Outstanding.'' -- Library Journal, Five Best Thrillers of the Year
''Despite his many flaws, DeMarco is a sympathetic character with a self-deprecating sense of humor. This leads to some snappy dialogue. . . Lawson give his readers a clever plot . . . and maintains suspense.'' -- Dick Saxe, Mystery News
''A fantastic tale filled with twists and spins that seem plausible . . . A consistently great series.'' -- Harriet Klausner, The Midwest Book Review
''The twists, turns, and surprises never flag, leading to a blockbuster conclusion that is letter perfect, one that few will forget anytime soon. . . . [House Secrets is] a wry and entertaining novel about Washington politics.'' -- Mary Whipple, MostlyFiction.com
''A startling tale, with twists and turns galore. . . . Lawson has created an engrossing, full of sinister characters from both sides of the law. . . . House Secrets is the fourth in the Joe DeMarco series, which is rapidly becoming a favorite for me.'' -- Maddy Van Hertbruggen, ReviewingTheEvidence.com
''In Lawson's excellent fourth Washington thriller to feature Joe DeMarco. . . [t]he action builds to a stunning final twist.'' --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
''Lawson's latest Joe DeMarco thriller proves to be his best yet. . . Intriguing, multidimensional characters balanced between good and evil combine with an involving plot and plenty of behind-the-scenes political machinations. It all adds up to one of the best thrillers of the year.'' --Booklist (starred review)
''Writing a top-tier Washington thriller ain't easy. Just think of the competition. . . . I'm happy to reporter that Mike Lawson is up to the challenge. House Secrets is plotted artfully, written with panache. . . Lawson has a true insider's insight about real-world spinelessness, venality, and corruption that have taken the place of moral courage and true leadership on Capitol Hill. . . a fine ear for dialogue. . . [and] a good eye for irony. . . . What makes House Secrets so delicious is that even though we know Senator Morelli is a bad apple almost from the get-go, Lawson inserts enough twists and turns into this book to keep readers guessing how it all resolves. . . -- John Weisman, Washington Times
''[Lawson is] on his game from the first chapter. As a fixer, De Marco has seen his share of corruption and the secrets of the movers and shakers, done his business in the shabby corridors of power. Given questionable evidence, De Marco is inclined to err on the side of caution, but Lawson never lets his protagonist off that easy, forcing him to make tough choices and face down personal demons. As Joe works his inside sources, the reader gets a bird's-eye view of the Washington machinations he thrives on: leverage, an exchange of favors, the shifting layers of loyalty and opportunity. This thriller is no exception, another solid chronicle of the vagaries of Washington politics and the promises of elected leaders with feet of clay.'' --Luan Gaines, Curled Up With a Good Book
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