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Praise for House Blood

“A what-happens-next, edge-of-your-seat thriller, told with the author’s clear prose and storytelling skills. I know that Mike Lawson has methodically grown a loyal base of fans, but I think that his consistent excellence needs to be more universally acknowledged. This is a very ambitious book and I’m hopeful it will be the one that propels him into best-sellerdom. He certainly deserves it and his publisher does as well.”—George Easter, Deadly Pleasures

"The plot and pace are relentless, and the milieus of Congress, D.C., and disaster relief seem knowingly presented. But character creation is Lawson's greatest talent, and Fiona, her supersoldiers, and of course, the ever-cranky cynic, DeMarco, will rivet readers' attention. A host of lesser characters are nearly as engaging. House Blood is so good it will move long-time political-thriller readers to recall the memorable characters, with, and style of the late, great Ross Thomas."—Thomas Gaugin, Booklist (starred review)

“Lawson’s seventh novel in his Joe DeMarco thriller series is another page-turner brimming with authentic Washington, DC, detail and distinctive, engaging characters. Even the bad guys are interesting. Adventure-seeking readers will love [it].”— Sheila M. Riley, Library Journal

Praise for Mike Lawson:

“Joe DeMarco, ‘fixer’ for Speaker of the House John Fitzpatrick Mahoney, is shrewd, tough, discreet, and resourceful… Lawson creates multifaceted characters… [and] the pacing is relentless….” —Thomas Gaughan, Booklist (starred review)

“I love Joe DeMarco. … These are wonderful. I think they’re inventive, nicely detailed, just a treat to read.”—Nancy Pearl

“One of the most engaging heroes I've ever encountered." —Tess Gerritsen

About the Author

A former senior civilian executive for the U.S. Navy, MIKE LAWSON is the author of seven novels starring Joe DeMarco: The Inside Ring, The Second Perimeter, House Rules, House Secrets, House Justice , House Divided and House Odds. He lives in Seattle.
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Product Details

  • Series: Joe DeMarco Thrillers
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press; First Edition edition (June 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802119948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802119940
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,212,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maybe that's why I like the character so much.
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I will continue to read his books and look forward to his next one.
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Another great Joe DeMarco book by Mike Lawson.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In "House Blood," by Mike Lawson, former Speaker of the House John Fitzpatrick Mahoney has been demoted to House Minority Leader, but he still retains some of his old swagger and clout. Joe DeMarco, Mahoney's fixer and bagman, works out of a nondescript basement office and runs errands for his womanizing and hard-drinking boss. Joe's latest assignment is to look into the case of lobbyist Brian Kincaid at the behest of Kincaid's mother, who is a friend of Mahoney's wife, Mary Pat. Kincaid is serving twenty-five to life in a maximum security prison for killing his partner and fellow lobbyist, Phil Downing, but Kincaid claims that he was framed for a crime he did not commit. Unfortunately for Kincaid, no judge is likely to overturn the jury's verdict. Joe agrees to look into Kincaid's predicament primarily to get Mahoney off his back.

This book has a large cast of villains. Among them are fifty-three year old Orson Mulray, a Big Pharma mogul whose ego is as massive as his net worth; his equally avaricious and ruthless confederate, Fiona West; two ex-Delta force buddies, James Kelly and Randal Nelson, who will kill almost anyone for a fee; and assorted lackeys. Lawson's latest thriller is, to put it mildly, too much. It is too violent, with an astronomical body count that robs the story of realism and desensitizes the reader to murder; the plot is excessively complicated; and the conclusion is over-the-top and delayed by a series of dizzying twists and turns. Joe DeMarco and his buddy, Emma, a former intelligence operative who is tougher than most men, wind up risking their lives not only to vindicate Kincaid but also to punish the aforementioned miscreants.

To his credit, Lawson has done his homework.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Doug on June 25, 2012
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Mike Lawson has outdone himself once again!

I've read everything he's written (okay, I haven't read his love letters or grocery lists or 'to do' lists but almost everything else!!!) and HOUSE BLOOD is another excellent read.

It has been said that evil lives to feed on money and power and the characters in HOUSE BLOOD certainly make that ring true.

There is an unscrupulous pharmaceutical tycoon, his psychopathic assistant/lawyer and more money than God, all floating around to see what mischief can be created. These people are very scary and very believeable. I won't spoil the story by giving anymore details but if you have enjoyed Lawson's other stories featuring Joe DeMarco, HOUSE BLOOD will not disappoint you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Someone wrote of Mike Lawson's stories, "Lawson has honed his skill to write a perfect political thriller - fast-moving, cynical, but ultimately moral." So true, and wish I'd said it first. In addition Lawson has created a likable, admirable and, yes, fun, lead character with Joe DeMarco. House Blood is Joe's seventh time to keep us spellbound and I couldn't be happier.

Lawson's latest has all the components of a stay-up-late read. Pharmaceutical kingpin, Orson Mulray, has discovered what is likely to be a drug that could cure millions of a hitherto incurable diseases and along the way make Mulray mega dollars. One small problem - the drug needs to be tested on humans.

He finds the perfect pigeon in Lizzie Warwick, a humanitarian who assists war victims and those caught in natural disasters. What better guinea pigs could Mulray find? But when Warwick's Washington lobbyist discovers what Mulray is doing the lobbyist meets an untimely end and the ever resourceful Mulray frames Brian Kincaid for murder.

Two years pass and Joe DeMarco is asked to take another look at the case and perhaps free Kincaid. What some people won't do for billions of dollars! DeMarco soon finds himself hunted by two of the most merciless killers on our planet.

House Blood is a prime political thriller - enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett VINE VOICE on July 2, 2014
Format: Paperback
I am a big fan of these clever, clever thrillers. DeMarco is a lazy gopher within the White House, working on slightly dodgy jobs for the (ex) Speaker of The House. And this is a White House that works through gentle favours and low level corruption, but in reality all DeMarco wants is an easy life, a bit of golf and a BBQ. He’s my role model.

DeMarco has the benefit of looking tough but the reality is that he is proficient with neither fists or weapons. A lot of the time the people around him catch on a lot quicker than he does and this is the unique aspect of these books, no central all action hero but quite an ordinary guy.

In Blood House he is asked to have a look at the circumstances under which someone has been convicted of murder, mainly to appease the guy’s mother. But he has been framed as part of a pharmaceutical company’s desire to launch a new medicine and the need for unwitting test subjects. We get considerable perspective on the bad guys and their motives here, nothing is black and white. So DeMarco blunders into an investigation assisted by the mysterious Emma (another great character) to flush out the truth.

I really enjoy the way the author presents his characters with the framework of US politics and ‘deals’ and I find the novels a refreshingly different aspect of the political thriller. Blood House is a welcome addition to the DeMarco series and recommended.
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