House Secrets (Joe DeMarco #4)
"It all begins with an assignment from the Speaker, John Fitzpatrick Mahoney, Joe DeMarco's wily hard-drinking boss. One of Mahoney's old colleagues has doubts about the accidental death of his son, a mediocre newspaper reporter who, in the days before his death, had claimed that he had a lead on the biggest political scandal since Watergate. But he always said things like...more
SETTING: Washington, DC
SERIES: # 4 of 4
The Joe DeMarco series are political thrillers with a difference. The protagonist is a lawyer who works in Congress at the will of the Speaker of the House, John Fitzpatrick Mahoney. DeMarco serves as a “fixer”, the person who smooths things over that are about to cause trouble. He doesn’t officially show as reporting to Mahoney; he has some small measure of independence that leaves folks guessing about who is calling the...more
Joe DeMarco. Brought a lot of thoughts on the current political situation. Didn't realize this was part of series by the author. It
would have been nice to work from the first book to the current one. One
can read this one though without having read the others.
Many of my mysteries are "at the moment" and the characters blend in.
This book remains a 5 star and I recommend it... it is one I remember and can't re-read too soon.
11-2-2012 Two years later, I re-read House Secrets.
Ditto what I said two years ago.
And doubly true for the ending. The format of the ending is not "my cup pf tea" but i kept
reading and I truly recommend you read until there are no more words to read.
#4 in Joe...more
i found the plot inventive, and the story gripping, and there were lots of interesting characters, concepts, and situations.
in spite of the book's real strengths, i gave it only 3 stars because i found some of the characterizations weak and implausible-- for example, why was joe demarco (the book's investigator an...more
As usual, Lawson gives us a multifaceted tale set in Washington, D.C., where we find an extraordinarily effective villain in addition to the usual inside the Beltway creeps we k...more
While Lawson sdoes base his novels on true political evenbts, however vague they may be, he does individualise the entire plot and makes it come to life. I am never sure what waits around the corner and really look forward to things progressing.
I am almost caught up to his book series, but always want more Law...more
Fast paced and moves well. Enjoy the quick pace of the writing. It doesn't drag in description yet we get the "picture".
Pen name: M.A Lawson
Michael Lawson was raised in Pueblo, Colorado and attended college at Seattle University, receiving a degree in engineering. On leaving college he went to work for the US Navy as a nuclear engineer, spending approximately thirty years working for the Nav...more