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  • Series: Joe DeMarco Thrillers
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press; First Edition edition (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802119956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802119957
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When House Minority Leader John Patrick Mahoneys daughter, Molly, is arrested for insider trading, Joe DeMarco, Mahoney’s personal troubleshooter, is pulled from his dentist’s chair to investigate. Joe, as cynical as Mahoney is Machiavellian, knows Molly and is convinced that the quiet young engineer is an innocent victim of identity theft, but he also suspects that the real target may be Mahoney himself. In short order, DeMarco winds up in a bubbling cauldron of crime, political knavery, and ne’er-do-wells, including a Philly mobster, his Atlantic City casino manager, their thugs, a crazy Manhattan financial wheeler-dealer, and two former college football teammates. Hovering over it all is the never-ending guerrilla war that is partisan politics in a gridlocked House of Representatives, a conflict less popular with citizens than head lice. Lawson has written another fine installment in his DeMarco series, filled with vividly drawn characters, a plot with more bends than the Mississippi River, a brisk pace, and a fine sense of inside-the-Beltway verisimilitude. --Thomas Gaughan

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“Mike Lawson has a deservedly strong reputation for his robust, bemused tales of D.C. intrigue, and House Odds doesn’t disappoint.”—Seattle Times

“What a pleasure to read a book by a writer who gets everything right—the engaging protagonist, the fluid and often funny dialogue, the quick-paced and believable plot. . . . Grade: A.”—Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

“Outstanding.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Odds favor a good time for the reader as Joe DeMarco faces his eighth case: a looming insider trading scandal with potentially fatal consequences. . . . Funny lines, fiendishly complicated plotting, and swiftly and sharply etched characters make this installment one of the most enjoyable in the series."—Kirkus Reviews

“Every [DeMarco book] is of high quality, not only for the excellent storytelling, but for the insights into Washington life and politics. If I were to compose a list of underrated authors I would put Mike Lawson at the top.”—George Easter, Deadly Pleasures

"House Odds gives you a look at the sordid underbelly of Washington politics where you will meet crooked politicians, evil gangsters and violent fixers mixed into a clever, original, fast moving and unpredictable plot. Enjoy."—Phillip Margolin, New York Times-bestselling author of Sleight of Hand

"House Odds held my attention from start to finish. It has all the essential elements of a crackling good thriller: a great character (political fixer Joe DeMarco), a spellbinding plot, and clean crisp prose. After I read my first Joe DeMarco book, I wanted to read them all. You will, too."—William Bernhardt, author of Capitol Conspiracy

"Lawson rivets in House Odds throwing Joe DeMarco—that engaging charmer you want to have your back—right into the rear corridors of Capitol Hill, the power deals, and yes, the Mob gets involved. Like Joe, we wonder, as he raises the question—who really are the bad guys?"—Cara Black, author of Murder at the Lanterne Rouge

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
John Mahoney is the minority leader in the House of Representatives. His daughter Molly has been arrested for insider trading. Mahoney turns to his fixer, Joe DeMarco, to get Molly out of trouble. Is Molly guilty? Is someone trying to frame her to put the squeeze on her father? The fast-moving plot involves a lobbyist, a shady investment manager, a crooked casino manager and the mob boss who employs him, a former NFL linebacker, assorted thugs, devious politicians, a hyper-aggressive SEC lawyer, and an unsolved murder that occurred while some of the characters were still in their college years.

Politics is a dirty game and Mahoney is a dirty player, which means his go-to-guy DeMarco isn't your usual squeaky clean thriller hero. In the Washington of House Odds, bribery and blackmail are business-as-usual. Apart from the creative wrongdoing that keeps the plot moving, Mike Lawson peppers the story with the everyday shenanigans of congressional politics: the tricks pulled by the out-of-power political party to become the in-power political party; the use defense appropriations bills to fund projects that have nothing to do with defense. Lawson has fun with the nonsensical babbling that substitutes for political discourse in the House of Representatives, as well as the scuzzy nature of politically motivated federal prosecutions. If you're cynical about politicians (and who isn't?), this is the book to read.

Fortunately, Lawson writes with a light touch, avoiding the overbearing attitudes that too often mar novels set within a political milieu. Politicians of both parties are dirty in House Odds; this isn't a partisan rant. The scheme that Mahoney cooks up and that DeMarco executes to get Molly out of trouble would make Machiavelli proud.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Kinchen on July 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
In the latest thriller by Mike Lawson featuring Washington, DC fixer Joe DeMarco, "House Odds" we learn that -- although he's employed by Massachusetts Congressman (and former Speaker of the House) John Fitzgerald Mahoney, DeMarco doesn't have an office in Mahoney's elaborate suite.

On Page 77 we learn that DeMarco's office is in the subbasement of the Capitol, adjacent to janitors rooms and the emergency Diesel generator for the building. His hideaway, really hidden, is not much bigger than a walk-in closet, but its door has a faded inscription: "Counsel Pro Tem for Liaison Affairs." And DeMarco is an attorney, although his work is closer to that of his neighbors, the janitors, in that they both take out the garbage.

This is my first Joe DeMarco thriller, but I wasn't handicapped because Lawson treats each book as a standalone, providing all the background we need to understand what's going on -- most of the time, at least!

In "House Odds," the work becomes personal, when Mahoney's daughter, Molly, is arrested and charged with insider trading by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). (This has to be a first, given that very few people have been prosecuted by the current administration in the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown). An engineer with a Reston Technologies -- part of the Military-Industrial Complex and a high-flying technology firm -- she allegedly placed a half-million dollar bet on one of the firm's clients. She's in the gunsights of SEC investigator Kay Kiser (no relation to Kay KYSER, 1905-1985, the Swing Era bandleader and Dean of Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge; Kay KISER is a tall, attractive black woman).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Ansbro on August 9, 2013
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What's not to like about Joe DeMarco and his cranky, demanding boss. Although I find his job an improbable one, it is an excellent vehicle for exposing what we all feel about Washington political functioning - make that malfunctioning.
Keep the DeMarco books coming Mr. Lawson.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dennis A on November 22, 2013
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Great read in the joe Demarco series, can't wait for the next one to come out. I have read all the Demarco series, fun to read. Mike Lawson has a great sense of humor and Joe Demarco gets himself out of sticky situations without "super powers". Joe is classic under- achieving / over achiever. Joe is often underestimated by his antagonists and Lawson comes up with very satisfying solutions for self extrication.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Mohr on August 16, 2013
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Enjoyed this very much - Always love a Joe DeMarco book - have read everyone and can't wait for the next one.
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By Nick Brett VINE VOICE on July 28, 2014
Format: Paperback
I do love this series. Here Washington ‘fixer’ Joe DeMarco gets deep into the corruption of not only Washington politics, but insider dealing when his boss’s daughter appears to be in the frame for some dodgy dealing.
As with all the books this is clever, well written and intelligent stuff. Some great characterisation and some directions and outcomes that will surprise the reader. Here DeMarco’s friend Emma takes less of a role and politics take a greater role than the last few books. Demarco is his usual self, he’s rather be playing golf or be in the bar, but this time he realises that when family is involved, his boss really can fight dirty.

Great stuff.
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By J Asbury on July 10, 2014
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I have read all of this series and none disappoint. Can't wait for the next one!
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