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Product Details

  • Series: Joe DeMarco Thrillers
  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; Reprint edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802145353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802145352
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #659,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

After the head of the CIA, Jake LaFountaine, gives a secret briefing to a group of congressional leaders in Lawson's engaging fifth thriller featuring fix-it man Joe DeMarco (after House Secrets), someone leaks the information to the press. This slip results in the brutal killing of CIA agent Mahata Javadi (one of the bravest persons I ever met, LaFountaine tells a room full of reporters), who was working undercover in Iran. John Fitzpatrick Mahoney, Speaker of the House of Representatives and Washington's premier political puppet master, tasks DeMarco with finding the leaker. Despite three wild cards confounding the search—a Russian mobster, the wealthy head of a technology company, and a mysterious killer bent on revenge—DeMarco manages to remain alive and get himself a fabulous new girlfriend. The always present push and pull between the political machinations of alcoholic, egotistical Mahoney and De Marco's basic decency raises the ethical stakes. (July)
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*Starred Review* An American spy in Iran is exposed by a female journalist, and the spy is tortured, then executed. Enraged, the director of Central Intelligence blames the leak on Congress. Speaker of the House John Fitzpatrick Mahoney isn’t sure who leaked the information, but he’s certain the journalist, jailed for refusing to name her source, will spill the beans about their one-night stand 20 years earlier. Mahoney summons Joe DeMarco, his personal gumshoe and fixer, to identify the leaker and keep the journalist from embarrassing him. Lawson’s tight, high-energy prose drives a plot with more turns than the Burma Road, as DeMarco finds himself surrounded by sleazy legislators, CIA spooks, Russian gangsters, FBI agents, assorted hit men, a misanthropic billionaire, a SoCal surfer/computer-gamer/millionaire, and a mysterious Iranian florist hell-bent on avenging the murdered spy. Some two dozen characters, major and minor, are introduced, and Lawson makes all of them memorable; whatever their background—Congress, espionage, Russian organized crime, or American business—they all behave exactly as their culture dictates they must. The dialogue is sharp, cynical, and often funny, but the book succeeds because of its characters. Readers may reasonably wonder if these twisted individuals and the bent cultures that animate them might be shaping our lives. A superb example of the post–cold war espionage novel. --Thomas Gaughan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Page turner that will keep you up late.
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Jumbled and difficult to follow characters.
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I love Mike Lawson's Joe DeMarco books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lois walker on July 13, 2011
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This is the fourth book I've read by Mike Lawson. I'm pretty fussy when it comes to books, but have found each
and every one of Lawson's book extremely entertaining with just the right amount of Washington insight, humor,
and just good old fashioned suspense and action. Can't believe that I've never heard of him berfore. With so
little info about the author, I suspect that the books are the work of someone with a name I'd recognize Whatever,
I've found all of his books a great read and he's now right up there with my favorite legal thrillers. The plots
move right along. The characters are interesting. I'm glad I found this author whoever he is.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In Mike Lawson's "House Justice," Joe DeMarco gets involved in weightier matters than usual. Until now, Joe, a non-practicing attorney, has made his living as a bagman, fixer, and messenger for Speaker of the House John Mahoney, a hard-drinking womanizer and wheeler-dealer. Now, DeMarco finds himself in the middle of an ugly mess involving a CIA agent, Russian thugs, a playboy millionaire, a vengeful tycoon, an angry Iranian, a jailed newspaper reporter, and a corrupt congressman. Speaker of the House Mahoney, who is being blackmailed, wants Joe to head off any damage that might tarnish his reputation. However, events quickly spiral out of control, and Joe winds up dodging bullets and teaming up with a tough and beautiful American intelligence agent.

The most sympathetic person in "House Justice" is Mahata Javadi, a spy for the CIA who has sacrificed her youth to gather intelligence in Iran for six years. When she receives a message that she should run for her life, she fears that it may be too late. Lawson makes us sympathize with Mahata; we hope that this courageous young woman will find a way to elude her pursuers.

The rest of the large cast in "House Justice" consists, for the most part, of obnoxious, selfish, ruthless, and violent individuals. This is one of the weakest books in the series. The novel is almost entirely plot-driven; the characters are colorful but thinly drawn; so many people are executed that the bloodshed quickly loses its impact; Joe, who is likeable enough, is ineffectual and beleaguered. For a thriller to work, it is not enough to place men and women in peril. The author must create characters and situations that grip us and generate suspense. Somehow, Lawson never quite pulls this off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PajamaGuy on October 20, 2010
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I just read the series - in chronological order. By the middle of "House Justice" I was getting a tad tired of Joe. I guess if I had read any one of them it would have been O.K., putting up with Joe and his "just a bit too dim-witted" in a single installment, but after four of the series, one might think (hope) that Joe had learned a few things.

Certainly, he's no Jack Reacher, and he doesn't compare to Mitch Rapp, John Corey, or any of those guys, but if Joe had maybe 10 more IQ points, he'd be a contender.

Emma ought to at least send him to basic training on how to recognize he's being followed.

Yeah, I liked the series and yep, I'll read the next one IF THE PRICES DON'T GET TOO HIGH!!!- but I sure was verry happy to see that as I finished and removed "House Justice" from my Kindle, that Jack Reacher and "Worth Dying For" had been delivered on its release date!

Just PJ's $0.02.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Lester Hoffman on August 23, 2010
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I'm a big Mike Lawson fan ... and so it pains me to say that this newest entry is, IMHO, nowhere nearly as good as the previous ones. First, there are simply too many subplots thrown at the reader one after the other early on.

Second of all, Mahoney has a much smaller role than in previous books in the series, and even that is rather contrived, about a long-ago affair.

Also, two of my favorite Lawson characters, Emma and Neil, have minimal roles here - they were always fun and interesting.

And there is only minimal about congressional politicking, which was always the beef of the prior books, and often quite fascinating.

Finally, there is simply way too much of these brutal Russian mafia guys, who are only minimally distinguished as character types from one another.

Sorry, Mike, this one just does not do it for me - I finished it only because I'm a Joe Demarco fan, but even he is less alive, less scared, less outrageous, less funny, less goofy even, than in the previous books.

Come'on, Mike, don't let me down in the next one in the series!
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What begins as the usual Joe De Marco coverup on behalf of his boss, Speaker of the House, John Fitzpatrick Mahoney, explodes into a complex plot of murder and mayhem, all beneath the radar of law enforcement. De Marco is a fixer for the Speaker, an off-the-record employee whose only real job is to do the dirty work for his powerful boss, within limits. But in this thriller, which begins with a leak, a newspaper story of a clandestine meeting to sell Iran missile technology and the tragic death of a dedicated spy in Iran,
De Marco finds himself embroiled in the shady world of spycraft, the CIA's reaction to the loss of one of their own and the clandestine activities of the Russian mob in America.

De Marco is dispatched to deal with the reporter who has chosen jail in order to protect her sources. Over-the-hill and desperate for a book deal, Sandra Whitmore demands Mahoney's help via the threat of revealing a past indiscretion. Hoping to work his magic and make the problem go away, De Marco steps into a morass of complicated agendas, a CIA director who wants revenge, a brutal Russian mobster who has been bleeding a company dry, a surfer-tech genius whose greed has left him vulnerable, a beautiful CIA agent who wants to make her bones and make a difference in the war on terror and a silent, deliberative killer who stalks De Marco from one source to another, a pile of dead bodies in his wake.

For all the drama and the danger, there is a grim irony in Lawson's novel, the characters a rogue's gallery of miscreants and patriots, from hired thugs and contract killers to the cold-eyed Russian who hovers below the radar of federal attention until the botched Iran deal.
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