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
Joe DeMarco, who has a law degree, but because his father was tied to the mob, he couldn't get a job anywhere. Lucky enough, thanks to old affairs, gets "employed" from the Speaker of the House, John Mahoney. Secretly.
Mahoney sends him out to an old friend whose son has died. He wants DeMarco to look aro ...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
-Even though this book is fiction, it was very realistic and easy to believe that it could happen in real life.
-There weren't any dull moments in this book, it kept the reader engaged.
ONE LITERARY ASPECT
-The book is told from a third person omniscient point of view. This lets the reader piece together parts of the story that the protagonist doesn't yet know.
ONE DRAMATIC ASPECT
-The author describes everything form the setting to the characters in vivid detail. I ca ...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
He also writes great stories that are creative. I've read a few books in this series and have enjoyed them all.
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.
Recommended. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.
It's th ...more
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
Fast paced and moves well. Enjoy the quick pace of the writing. It doesn't drag in description yet we get the "picture".
I found this book engrossing / a real page turner. The writing was good, the characters / plot were all believable and well thought out.
If you enjoy political thrillers you’ll probably enjoy this book.
I picked it up at a BBW (cheap book) sales for only RM8 as i was grabbing as many book as i can at the time.
Half way through, i was ready to give it 5 stars & my opinion didn't change until the end of the story. The story was really engaging & i love it that most chapters were short.
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