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House Rules: A Joe DeMarco Thriller Mass Market Paperback – July 8, 2009
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''Lawson fleshes out his characters while developing a plausible and increasingly tense plot. Just enough uncertainty in the satisfying conclusion hints that another series entry is likely. Highly recommended.'' --Library Journal
''House Rules has it all: a lightning-paced plot, a quirky cast of players, and best of all, one of the most engaging heroes I've ever encountered. In Joe DeMarco, Lawson has created a charmingly likeable character whom I'll happily follow for many books to come.'' --Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author
''Full of insider information, this novel reinforces Lawson's place in the upper rank of Washington thriller specialists.'' --Publishers Weekly
''A pleasantly relaxed thriller well suited to leftish political junkies.'' --Kirkus Reviews
Lawson fleshes out his characters while developing a plausible and increasingly tense plot. Just enough uncertainty in the satisfying conclusion hints that another series entry is likely. Highly recommended. --Library Journal
House Rules has it all: a lightning-paced plot, a quirky cast of players, and best of all, one of the most engaging heroes I've ever encountered. In Joe DeMarco, Lawson has created a charmingly likeable character whom I'll happily follow for many books to come. --Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author
Full of insider information, this novel reinforces Lawson's place in the upper rank of Washington thriller specialists. --Publishers Weekly
A pleasantly relaxed thriller well suited to leftish political junkies. --Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
As "House Rules" opens, several foiled terrorist acts have the nation on edge.
The first foiled attack prevented two American Muslim's from blowing up the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel. Unfortunately, the third member, and leader, was not in the building at the time of the FBI raid and was not captured. Upon questioning the two young men the FBI were able to identify the man, "Muhammad" , as an "honest-to-God al-Qaeda operative".
Two weeks after that aborted attack, Senator William Davis Broderick introduced a bill that would severely limit the freedom of all Muslims (citizens or not) in the U.S. Introducing the bill made Senator Broderick an instant media star, but, it was three more American Muslim terrorist attacks (all were foiled) that catapulted the bill to approval in the Senate and moved it to the House, where it sat in deliberation per instructions from Speaker of the House John Mahoney.
This is where Mahoney asks Joe DeMarco, special Congressional troubleshooter, to find out the true story behind the situation. The FBI had a theory, and it sounded great, but, where others fail to uncover the whole truth, DeMarco, Emma, and computer geek, Neil, succeed. With additional help from individuals in Homeland Security, FBI, and other law enforcement agencies, DeMarco's team uncovers a complex, multi-layered, plot to enlist these American Muslims to commit terrorist acts.....with the express purpose of encouraging the passage of Broderick's "Muslim Registry" bill.Read more ›
Two really interesting and unusual characters - with Mahoney you see the corruption of US politics and with DeMarco you have someone who looks tough and hard but actually isn't - a bit of a twist of the usual invincible ex Special services type.
The plot is an interesting one too - again a slight twist on the usual Muslim extremist terror attacks. Here we have a US Senator proposing strict controls on all Muslims just as two terror attacks are thwarted which seem to support his view and thus he gains unexpected public support. The trouble is that the son of an old friend of Mahoney was involved so Mahoney asks DeMarco to have a quiet look into it. As readers of this kind of stuff will know, `a quiet look' usually becomes something else.....
Set with interesting characters and a scenario that captures the fear of terror attacks and a blame culture this is very good stuff indeed. I liked the characters and the interplay between them and the author also provides a subtle vein of humour. The characters make mistakes and have their own failings which make them more interesting and believable.
Mike Lawton is getting better and better with each novel and this suggests that the next one may be something very special indeed.
After several attempted terrorist attacks in the US, a Senator introduces a law to put strict controls on the Muslim population including compulsory registration. Mahoney has a personal connection to one of the would-be terrorists and therefore asks deMarco to quietly investigate whether there was anything more behind the attack than the straightforward case being presented by the media. As deMarco starts to investigate it quickly becomes apparent that there are some strange elements to the case - and that someone is determined to stop him from asking any more questions.
Mike Lawson's writing tears along and is very easy and enjoyable to read. My one complaint is that I felt that he lost interest towards the end as things got wrapped up a little too quickly and neatly. It was a satisfactory ending in the sense that no strings were left dangling, but it felt too simple after the rest of the book. Nevertheless it's a good read and better than many others in this genre.
Be aware that in the UK this book was published under the title "Dead on Arrival".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was my first Joe DeMarco book but not my last. I love the character and the story line moves well.Published 3 months ago by VinoSucker
This political thriller was published in 2008, and Mr. Lawson likely began writing it in 2006. Now, almost ten years later, his basic plot has been stolen by Presidential candidate... Read morePublished 7 months ago by William E. Adams
This book has a wide variety of interesting characters and some of the spy craft and bureaucratic maneuvering seems pretty authentic. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Judith
I have been reading the Joe Demarco series and have enjoyed each of the books thus far. The plots are great and the twists not always what you expect. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ladyflier
This is my second time reading House Rules. Could not find anything new and Mike Lawson is one of my favorite authors. Just a wonderful read. EnjoyPublished 14 months ago by sean r driscoll