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House Witness

(Joe DeMarco #12)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  516 ratings  ·  95 reviews
In House Witness, the twelfth novel in the Joe DeMarco series, Mike Lawson puts his likable protagonist on the trail of a different kind of fixer--one whose job is to influence, and sometimes disappear, witnesses in seemingly airtight criminal cases. Minority Leader of the House and DeMarco's long-time employer John Mahoney has kept more than one secret from his wife over ...more
Hardcover, 353 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Atlantic Monthly Press
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Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Mike Lawson, Grove Atlantic and Atlantic Monthly Press for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

As a long-time fan of Mike Lawson’s work, I was pleased to get my hands on an advance copy of his latest Joe DeMarco novel. After House Minority Leader John Mahoney receives word that someone close to him has been murdered, his first call is to Joe DeMarco, his fixer of sorts. Understand
Kathi Defranc
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my first Joe DeMarco book by Mike Lawson, but I am definitely going back to read the rest! Intense,entertaining, with several twists by amazing characters, I could not stop reading! A man has been arrested for shooting another in a bar, but the prosecutor worries about her witnesses. She tells her investigator about several other cases over the years that seemed a slam dunk, however witnesses disappeared,changed their stories, or died while the case went through many delays. The mother o ...more
I received this copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is my first book in this series by this author and I should try the remaining for sure.

If I summarize the story;
it’s about a murder done by a son of a wealthy family and his father is asking his lawyer to clear his son from all charges regarding his son’s action. When the lawyer learns that they have five witnesses against his client he understood that it will be a difficult case to handle alone by himse
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is well into the series in which Joe DeMarco does the heavy lifting for ex-House Speaker Mahoney. Ostensibly, this is about Joe DeMarco seeing that justice is done for his “godmother” and for the woman who has a big hold on Mahoney, but Lawson wanders far afield in this, after about dozen very interesting thrillers

Lawson focuses on a dark corner of criminal justice where unscrupulous defense attorneys can anonymously hire “help” in getting their clients “off.” Bill and Ella are in thi
Janet Newport
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've always enjoyed Mike Lawson's Joe DeMarco books. Easy and entertaining reads and oh, the political shenanigans!

Thank you Netgalley & Atlantic Monthly Press for this ARC. Again, Mike Lawson has written an easy and entertaining Joe DeMarco book but I missed his usual political shenanigans. John Mohoney's character was used as the starting mechanism for this story but was otherwise pretty much absent and I missed him. There was some office politics and backscratching with the Manhattan DA'
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, netgalley, kindle
A gripping read of a race to find the witness tampering team available only to those super wealthy defendants that have enough money to pay the multi-million dollar fee.

House Witness is the twelfth novel in the Joe DeMarco series by Mike Lawson, But this one's a little bit different, it's personal. John Mahoney, the Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives and DeMarco’s boss, has a secret. He has a son, it's a son that his wife knows nothing about. That son has just been shot d
Todd Simpson
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the 12th book that I’ve read from Mike Lawson, and I’ve absolutely loved every one of them. Back in 2005 I picked up his first book ‘Inside Ring’ just by chance, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. His books are always highly entertaining, and every story is quite unique. The main characters John Mahoney and Jo De Marco are both a bit floored and rough around the edges, but this is what makes them both so interesting. ‘House Witness’ has a great plot, and a very dive ...more
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
House Witness is a fast-paced “legal thriller” that opens with Washington D.C. power broker intrigue and a Bar room murder and an initial police investigation right out of a Law and Order episode. But, that’s all a preview for the heart of the matter which is to turn the entire concept of a legal thriller on its head by positing what could happen if a crew of underhanded manipulators were out there offering their services to rich defendants in the way of Witness tampering. Making eyewitnesses di ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great legal thriller, I had no idea that this was the 12th book in the Joe DeMarco Series.
DeMarco's the fix-it man for the Minority Leader of the House, John Mahoney. When he gets a call late one night about a murder in a Manhatten bar, he's a little confused as to why this should be of any issue regarding Mahoney, he quickly learns that there are some personal issues at stake here. Not only regarding Mahoney but himself as well he grew up with the victim of this senseless crime. DeMarco
David Putnam
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I tried a couple of books by this author a few years ago and didn't finish them. Mostly, I think it was the structure that didn't grab me in those other books, the distant voice. That same voice is in this book but I really liked the female antagonist in this one. It reminded me a little of Ringer in the John Sanford Davenport series. The publisher markets this book as a Demarco novel when a large chunks of it has nothing to do with him. This has a very complicated back ...more
Kyle Robertson
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Mike Lawson is one of my favorite authors. This is the twelfth book in the Joe DeMarco series, and they just keep on getting better and better. This book is a little different than the previous ones. It involves a more personal story than past books, plus there is a bit more backstory and character development than previous books have explored. Former Speaker of the House and current Minority Leader John Mahoney once again calls on his fixer to investigate a situation and assure that justice is ...more
not for me
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a 4.5 stars

This was a really good book that could've done w/o the constant repeating of what was going to be done. But I loved the ending, excellent job!
Sharman Bingham
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
One of the very best in the Joe DeMarco series.
Bent Hansen
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Mike Lawson's series about Joe DeMarco, behind-the-scenes fixer on Capitol Hill, is a really fun and interesting read. It is also a quite unusual way to use a main protagonist as DeMarco because in the first half of this - the eleventh - book, DeMarco is hardly mentioned at all; instead, Lawson introduces the other main characters quite thoroughly, which is not boring at all, but I caught myself missing DeMarco now and again.
Lawson has a very methodical approach to developing his plot, and it is
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining. Up to the standards of the other book.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic! Deserving of more than five stars. Mike Lawson outdid himself with this book. It may be the best one he’s ever written, and I’ve read and enjoyed all his other books.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Witness Tampering! I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Written by Mike Lawson and published by Atlantic Monthly Press New York in 2018, this is apparently the twelfth novel of the Joe DeMarco series. The plot is quite complex, but it is fairly well-written and the author keeps us guessing throughout the book. The plot twists and turns, but always seems credible.

Somebody is engaged in serious witness tampering. It happens in
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the 12th book in Mike Lawson’s Joe DeMarco series. The son of a very wealthy attorney in New York City walks into a restaurant and shoots a man to death. The dead man, Dominic DiNunzio, was the son of Connie who has some sway over John Mahoney, member of the House of Representatives and Joe DeMarco’s boss. Mahoney dispatches Joe to New York to assist the DA in any way necessary to make sure that the shooter is convicted and sent to prison. When witnesses to the crime start to change thei ...more
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Book #12 in the DeMarco series. This time DeMarco is hunting down a “jury consultant” who makes it her business to interfere with witnesses so that they either cannot testify or change their testimony. When the son of DeMarco’s boss is murdered in a bar one night with 5 witnesses, the suspect is immediately caught, and the case seems open and shut. But the suspect’s father is super-rich and has his lawyer hire the jury consultant to ensure that his son is acquitted.

I found the plot of this story
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Joe DeMarco gets a call from his boss, former Speaker of the House and now Minority Leader John Mahoney. Mahoney needs DeMarco to travel to New York and find out who killed his son, Dominic DiNunzio. No one knows DiNunzio is Mahoney's son; he was illegitimate and Mahoney never acknowledged him, but nevertheless, Mahoney wants to killer fried, but, of course, no one can know his secret. When DeMarco arrives, it appears the ADA Justine Porter has the case well in hand; she has five eye witnesses t ...more
Norman LaVelle
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mike Lawson! I have come to really love the Joe DeMarco series. Even though this all started out as political thrillers which were very interesting to me, novels like this put Joe in a different setting and he still proves to be the one of the best investigators. He does not even have to use his government position and bosses influence to lean on persons of interest. He work with what he has and gets the job done. In this novel, he is sent to New York to make sure that the killer, of one of his ...more
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
I have read all the Joe DeMarco books written by Mike Lawson. I have enjoyed them all. Joe is a lawyer who works for the former Speaker of the House. John Mahoney. He is his “fixer” Joe is the son of a former Mob enforcer which caused him to have very little job prospects. This one is more personal for John – his son – who is a secret – is killed and he is out to make sure the guy pays. Joe knows the son and is eager to make sure the guy pays.
The murder is a rich and entitled man. There is witn
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a good news, bad news, good news, better news review. The good news is that this is a Joe DeMarco thriller by Mike Lawson - one of the most entertaining series ever put to paper or (fortunately) audio by the fantastic Joe Barrett. The bad news is that DeMarco sits out the first half of the book. Lawson puts him on the DL because of an injury DeMarco suffers in a freak (comical) accident that only DeMarco can have. But the good news is that the first half reads like a Thomas Perry thrille ...more
John Yingling
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mike Lawson is a very underappreciated author, and I hope with this book he starts getting recognized by more readers as the excellent writer that he is. The Joe DeMarco series, of which this is a part, is consistently first-rate, and the character of Joe DeMarco is one of my favorite fictional characters. He has a real sense of duty, even though he works for a man who tells him to do things that aren't necessarily legal or ethical. Joe does have a conscience, and often questions why he must do ...more
Kathleen Gray
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'd not read this series before but I was wowed by Joe DeMarco, a fixer for a politician who has now wandered inadvertently, it seems, into a nationwide game of cat and mouse with a really rotten villain. Ella Fields is subverting justice- for a price. The concept is not alien but her reach is quite impressive. I didn't have the back story on DeMarco but Lawson parceled out enough info to help me understand him and his fury at this (although I do hope everyone else feels the same way). Ella is w ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This book moves along fast! It's the first book I have read in Mike Lawson's Joe DeMarco series. He is a flawed yet charming character that is as persistant as a bear after honey when after a criminal. I couldn't put it down. The plot was unique and fascinating ... well detailed without being wordy ... I would end a chapter with a question on my mind and it would be answered in the next chapter. So although It was complicated, it was still easy to follow the movement of the characters ... yet ke ...more
Claire Flanagan
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of Mike Lawsons books I've read but what a one to start with. Definitely going to hunt down the rest in the series, you don't have to have read any previous Joe DeMarco books to get into this one. Demarcos employer John Mahoneys illegitimate son has been murdered in a bar in Manhattan, the son of a millionaire arrested and charged with the murder, there are 5 witnesses but no motive. One by one the witnesses are paid off or not so subtley put out of the picture. Someone is at t ...more
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a different wrinkle for the "DeMarco" series. The story devotes a significant amount of time developing a side story about a couple that work in a somewhat unique consulting profession as "trial fixers" or "witness influencers for rich defendants."

I was a little thrown at first since this took us out of most of DeMarcos normal world for 90% of the story. However, once I got used to it I was pleased because the story of the fixers was different and well-spun. The ending was somewhat of a
V.E. Lynne
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Twelfth instalment of the highly entertaining Joe De Marco series. De Marco works as a kind of fixer for the corrupt, but charming, Minority Leader of the House John Mahoney, a job that has thrown a few curve balls his way over the years. But not even Joe suspected that long time womaniser Mahoney had a secret son with De Marco's old benefactress, a son who has now been killed in New York, under very fishy circumstances. De Marco is dispatched to help the New York DA get justice but when solid w ...more
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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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