- Series: Joe DeMarco Thrillers (Paperback)
- Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Grove Press; Reprint edition (November 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802145590
- ISBN-13: 978-0802145598
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Inside Ring: A Joe DeMarco Thriller (Joe DeMarco Thrillers (Paperback)) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
The Washington conspiracy thriller is a publishing evergreen, and while Lawson's debut may look like others in the genre, it's in a league by itself. Joe DeMarco has a Capitol building office and the title of "Counsel Pro Tem for Liaison Affairs," but he's really an all-purpose legman for John Fitzpatrick Mahoney, Speaker of the House. In DeMarco's words: "If a politician thinks his wife is cheating on him, I make sure she's not screwing a journalist. That's the kind of stuff I do, sir. Little stuff." But he's pushed into a much bigger game after Mahoney lends him to the director of homeland security, who wants DeMarco to investigate a recent assassination attempt on the president. Of particular interest to the director is Secret Service agent Billy Ray Mattis, who predicted the assassination attempt. All the stock government types are here, but Lawson's craft, intelligence and humor turn these ho-hum regulars into characters worth savoring. DeMarco himself is perfectly human, prey to all the species' frailties and tremendously appealing. The bad guys are sufficiently evil, the plot properly labyrinthine, the solution to the mystery completely satisfying. This is high-level entertainment from a writer who could soon rise to the top of the thriller heap. Agent, David Gernert. Foreign rights to Germany, Holland, Israel, Poland and the U.K. (May)
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This exciting, danger-filled novel begins with an attempt on the life of the U.S. president; he survives, but there are two other fatalities. Days before the assassination attempt, Andy Banks, secretary of Homeland Security, received a note threatening the president's life. He passed the note on to the Secret Service, whose director ignored it. Now, Banks is wracked with guilt over the note and his failure to make anyone pay attention to it. He turns to the Speaker of the House, who knows a guy who solves problems without going through the usual political channels. That guy is Joe DeMarco, a fix-it man who's never dealt with something of quite this magnitude. When the Speaker sets him loose on the Secret Service director, DeMarco soon discovers that the world of politics is a heck of a lot more complex than he had ever suspected. The author, who was an "independent contractor" for the U.S. Navy, seems to know what he's talking about; and clearly DeMarco is being positioned as a series lead. So far so good. David Pitt
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Top Customer Reviews
Joe DeMarco, a troubleshooter for the Speaker of the House of Representatives, looks into an attempted assassination of the President for his boss after the official investigation looks a little neat to be accurate.
DeMarco’s boss uses his position and power for his own ends and DeMarco to achieve them and is one of the most offensive major characters I’ve ever encountered – almost bad enough to make me stop reading. Joe, too, is a bit oily in that he accepts the assignments without question and does what he needs to do to complete them. His one redeeming quality is to rue the consequences of some of his actions.
This series isn’t good enough to make it onto my ‘Must Read’ list. They’re books I’ll read if they happen to fall into my lap.
Why is this happening? Because Lawson can write, and develop characters that come alive in his stories and books. As we live in a world that is rapidly grinding itself into an ugly composite of greed, deceit and people who take themselves very seriously, namely politicians, to encounter a genuine character like Joe DeMarco is a happy discovery. Joe is not just another ethnic dude that went to law school and talked himself into a job as go-fer and do-all for the Speaker of the House in Congress. Joe is that unusual guy whose basic courage, strength and street smarts, displayed daily with a classic humility, has carried him into some big time circles indeed. The man is funny, recognizes his wit and special talent, and actually laughs at some of his own
hilarious episodes. Have to admit, Joe has human faults, makes mistakes but toughs out some brutal situations and winds up the winner. A natural at gaining important intelligence material from rock hard sources, he reminds one of a top notch special operative who may use weaponry in his work, but does not turn it into a science. Ever humble, Joe has the ability to be comfortable with "movers and shakers" worldwide and is genuinely admired by those who know the real Joe DeMarco. He deeply appreciates his friends and their adult, kind opinions of high level work. All this, and he has an office in the basement of the Capital Building...where he is the only white man down there. The reader seems to sense the human quality that author Mike Lawson has created in this character. DeMarco appears in a series of thrillers and will enrich your hours of reading.
DeMarco is also the son of a now decreased mob enforcer. Graduation from law school with a mob associated past brought few job offers. But the Speaker of the House, for reasons he doesn't discuss, offers Joe a chance to be his 'arms length' aide.
There is an attempt on the life of the President, and while the President survives a close friend and one of his Secret Service agents die. The Secret Service and FBI quickly locate the shooter and close the investigation. But the head of the Department of Homeland Security has evidence that things are not so cut and dried. The House Speaker, Mahoney loans DeMarco to the Homeland Security chief to look into the shooting.
Joe finds himself stepping on high powered toes for what he believes to be a wild goose chase. But events lead him to believe things are not as they are represented. Reluctantly he pushes on in the investigation.
Lawson's first effort shows promise and DeMarco is a likeable, believable guy. Other characters (obviously written for a long series) are odd ball, flawed and interesting. Motives are political and right and wrong are blurred.
Will keep reading the series.