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House Rivals

(Joe DeMarco #10)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  547 ratings  ·  62 reviews
As a Washington, D.C. fixer, Joe DeMarco has found himself in plenty of unexpected situations, but none takes him further out of his element than the one early in House Rivals, the latest book in Mike Lawson’s award-winning series: a three-day road trip through Montana and the Dakotas with a twenty-two-year-old firebrand blogger.

His young companion is Sarah Johnson, whose

Hardcover, 285 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Atlantic Monthly Press
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Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
It’s the summer of 2017 and I needed a break from the constant flow of news about misuse of power and lies and government corruption. So I chose another in the series of political thrillers involving Joe DeMarco, the guy who “doesn’t work for the former Speaker of the House.” And, of course the plot includes the misuse of power and lies and government corruption.

Some have called Joe a “fixer.” I believe he would consider himself a non-voluntary problem solver. He is officially on the House of Re
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Lawson returns with a tenth "House" series novel, in which he treats readers to a politically charged thriller with a fresh approach. Joe DeMarco has played the role of political fixer for many years. while under the employ of former House Speaker John Mahoney,. After being summoned to see Mahoney, DeMarco is sent to Montana to meet with the congressman's long-time friend. From there, DeMarco finds himself in North Dakota to protect a blogger with a chip on her shoulder and billionaire Leonard C ...more
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
This was really classic DeMarco, good, bad, angry and lazy. He’s a horn dog, a barracuda, weasel, and an attack dog.
The opening and closing scenes are for me truly open mouth hilarious!
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I have read all 10 books in this series and have enjoyed them.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Former Speaker of the House, John Mahoney, sends his guy, Joe DeMarco, to Montana to find out why a young woman is being targeted. Sarah's grandfather saved Mahoney's life in Vietnam and Mahoney knows he can never repay that service. Joe arrives and as he begins to investigate he uncovers a conspiracy that reaches across the entire state of Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. It seems as though an oil and gas man from Houston is complicit in bribing judges and state representatives to fuel h ...more
B Shea
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one is a political thriller that shows the dark corrupt side of politics, power and wealth. Joe Demarco works for a high ranking Washington DC politician fixing problems for his boss and having access to use any federal resource he needs such as the FBI and the IRS. I have read several of the Joe Demarco series and really like the this author. Very realistic, unfortunately. Recommend this author and you will end up liking Joe D too.
Pierre Tassé
Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it
A good solid read. Lots of interesting twists and turns but mostly straight forward. You don't need to read the other 9 books to get a good read out of this one. ...more
Danielle Gonzalez
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Joe DeMarco is back! I was so excited to read this as soon as it was released and I was not disappointed. This is the 10th book in the series. Joe is a "fix-it" guy for Mahoney, a congressman who used to be the speaker of the house. An old friend of the congressman calls and asks for his help saying his daughter has been attacked and threatened. Mahoney sends DeMarco to find out what happened. This is one of the first books where DeMarco is working primarily by himself. In earlier books, he work ...more
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Love this series. Joe DeMarco is asked by his boss, Congressman Mahoney, to go help the granddaughter of a war buddy. This takes DeMarco far away from his normal area of operations. He travels to Montana and North Dakota. The young woman, Sarah Johnson, is investigating a tycoon who she believes is involved in bribing lots of officials to get what he wants, and he wants lots of money. The tycoon is getting sick of Sarah writing all her accusations and wants her to go away. She has no proof and D ...more
Dan Smith
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a Washington, D.C. fixer, Joe DeMarco has found himself in plenty of unexpected situations, but none takes him further out of his element than the one early in House Rivals, the latest book in Mike Lawson’s award-winning series: a three-day road trip through Montana and the Dakotas with a twenty-two-year-old firebrand blogger.
His young companion is Sarah Johnson, whose grandfather saved the life of DeMarco’s boss, Congressman John Mahoney, in Vietnam. It has fallen to DeMarco to protect Sarah
Dan Downing
Jun 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Sadly, many writers birth their first novel and it is stupendous. Then they follow up by writing ten more so-so entries; mailing it in rather than doing the work.
Happily, Mike Lawson isn't among those. He started out producing a pretty good yarn and has continued to improve his craftsmanship, giving us better value with each outing.
On the back of the dust jacket there is a blurb from "Booklist" comparing Lawson to "the great Ross Thomas". And indeed Thomas was a superb writer; his books always h
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Book

I love Joe DeMarco. He is so funny with the way he whines and lies. The outcome of the cases involved is satisfying and with the exception of one incident things are more believable than the endings of most books. I even like Mahoney, old reprobate that he is. It's nice to have a corrupt Democrat for a change. I picture him looking just like Ted Kennedy. I'm glad this series is continuing.
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it
A hard to believe story with an impossible to believe ending. Despite this, the book is enjoyable as Lawson has an entertaining way of writing. In addition, he has taken the classic good guy vs bad guy from the 1950's and 60's and applied it to present day. There are no Native Americans in the book and if there were they would be the good guys as Lawson always sides with the people who were wronged. It is easy to silently cheer for good over evil and that is the backbone to this book. ...more
Shayla McBride
May 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you are fond of political/crime (they go together so naturally, don't you think?) novels with a well-drawn hero, this is a series for you. I've read them all and while a few are a tad predictable, Joe deMarco manages to get into some wonderful scrapes. The Speaker is the quintessential pol, his wife the ideal feisty helpmeet. And Emma is properly mysterious! Read them all! In order would be good but not really essential. ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
the 10th book in the Joe Demarco series. enjoyable, quick read mystery, this time with Demarco going to South Dakota to help solve the murder of Mahoney's friend granddaughter. his usual helpers aren't present in this book. the book is on par with most of the rest of the series ...more
Joe DeMarco may have met his match in this book he is pitted with political fixers like himself. Going out to the Dakota’s to help out an old friend of Speaker Mahoney’s he finds himself investigating a billionaire and his political fixers.
Cathy Biggers
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new 2018 Joe DeMarco book from my library to finish the series. This has been a thrilling, intense, and outstanding series of political life. Thanks, Mike Lawson!
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
The usual fare one expects from a Joe DeMarco mystery: missed opportunities, incompetence, droll craven idiots, and everyday mundanity crafted into an orchestra of outstanding weirdness. I will surely read the next in the series.
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
March 2020. I have returned to Joe DeMarco stories just as the corona virus outbreak turned full force. I have five at my bedside and am rather quickly plowing through them. I enjoyed the change of venue to Montana and that part of the country. Good story!
Denise Malayeri
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific Read!

Loved this book. I always enjoy reading about Joe Demarco's jobs. This had a great plot and excellent character development. Can't wait for my next venture into Joe's work assignments.
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm delighted to have found this author and this series. The story is entertaining with well developed characters and an intriguing plot. I have added Joe DeMarco to my list of favorite good bad guys. ...more
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I will always give this man 5 stars for his enthralling work. This read was alittle sad, with a great storyline and a good ending. DeMarco is a character from heart!
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story that digs deep into the culture of North Dakota, political corruption in rural states and the power of the super-rich.
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun book to read. Could be a television murder mystery.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Why has it taken me so long to find this author?
Jun 14, 2019 rated it liked it
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Donald Peschken
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Classic Lawson! Great story about bribery in big buiness. DeMarco at his best. Witty and humorous.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've listened to all of the Joe DeMarco Series. So far this was the weakest. Just didn't engage me like the others. ...more
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brisk paced good read

I like the characters, the plot and the dialogue. A great plane flight diversion and DeMarco is a cool, complicated guy.
Russ Leavitt
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If there would have been six stars I would have given six stars. Outstanding novel. Great character development and even a greater storyline. I wish there were 20 more books like this.
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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

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