House Blood (Joe DeMarco Series #7)

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Orson Mulray, CEO of Mulray Pharma, has discovered a drug that could prevent a previously incurable disease and make him billions of dollars. But the drug needs to be tested on humans to prove its efficacy, and Mulray needs more than blood samples – he needs autopsy results.

In naïve Lizzie Warwick, Mulray finds a solution. Warwick provides relief to victims of wars and natural disasters ? in other words, people who’d make perfect test subjects. But Warwick’s D.C. lobbyist ...

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Overview


Orson Mulray, CEO of Mulray Pharma, has discovered a drug that could prevent a previously incurable disease and make him billions of dollars. But the drug needs to be tested on humans to prove its efficacy, and Mulray needs more than blood samples – he needs autopsy results.

In naïve Lizzie Warwick, Mulray finds a solution. Warwick provides relief to victims of wars and natural disasters ? in other words, people who’d make perfect test subjects. But Warwick’s D.C. lobbyist discovers what Mulray is doing. Mulray has the lobbyist killed and frames his partner, Brian Kincaid, for murder.

Two years later, DeMarco is asked to look into the seemingly hopeless case. He has other worries on his mind: his girlfriend has left him, and his friend Emma may be dying. DeMarco doesn’t expect to free Kinkaid – much less to become the target of two of the most callous killers he and Emma have ever encountered.

Praise for House Blood

"The plot and pace are relentless, and the milieus of Congress, D.C., and disaster relief seem knowingly presented. But character creation is Lawson's greatest talent, and Fiona, her supersoldiers, and of course, the ever-cranky cynic, DeMarco, will rivet readers' attention. A host of lesser characters are nearly as engaging. House Blood is so good it will move long-time political-thriller readers to recall the memorable characters, with, and style of the late, great Ross Thomas." -Booklist (starred review)

“Lawson’s seventh novel in his Joe DeMarco thriller series is another page-turner brimming with authentic Washington, DC, detail and distinctive, engaging characters. Even the bad guys are interesting. Adventure-seeking readers will love [it].”-Library Journal

“As ever, [DeMarco is] good at tracking the bad guys—and it’s fun to watch him at it.” –Publishers Weekly

“A what-happens-next, edge-of-your-seat thriller, told with the author’s clear prose and storytelling skills.”—George Easter, Deadly Pleasures

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
As a legal investigator on the staff of former Speaker of the House John Mahoney, Joe DeMarco is often tasked with unusual and unwelcome fix-it jobs. He is a hesitant antihero who fades into bureaucratic anonymity once the mission is accomplished. This time Mahoney orders Joe to review the evidence in the murder conviction of the lobbyist son of his wife's best friend. The uncertain trail leads Joe to the global dealings of a pharmaceutical company and puts him squarely in the path of extremely dangerous assassins. Joe is in over his head but saved at times by luck or the quick thinking of his dear but acerbic friend, Emma, a former defense intelligence agent. VERDICT Lawson's seventh novel (after House Divided) in his Joe DeMarco thriller series is another page-turner brimming with authentic Washington, DC, detail and distinctive, engaging characters. Even the bad guys are interesting. Adventure-seeking readers will love. [See Prepub Alert, 1/8/12.]—Sheila M. Riley, Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, D.C
Kirkus Reviews
A Washington, D.C., lobbyist is murdered and his partner is framed for the crime. Back for another adventure in congressional fixing, investigator Joe DeMarco untangles a plot involving the deaths of human guinea pigs being used to test a miracle drug. Orson Mulray, new CEO of Mulray Pharma, is counting on a new drug that can eliminate Alzheimer's disease--and, even more importantly, make his company bigger and more powerful than it was under his unloving and underachieving father. True-believing philanthropist Lizzie Warwick has put her organization at Mulray's beck and call in Peru, not knowing the testing of subjects has led to four deaths--and that the deaths are treated as necessary to the experiments. Her lobbyist discovers the truth but is murdered before he can share it with her. DeMarco, deposed Speaker of the House John Mahoney's go-to guy, is soon pursued by professional killers who learned their tactics in Delta Force. DeMarco's friend Emma, a former intelligence agent dying of cancer, is swept into the plot as well. Her calmly pragmatic response to a violent threat is one of the highlights of the book, leaving us wishing she were in it more. DeMarco is a likable enough character with a good sense of humor, but can't be said to have much in the way of star power. Lawson, a former senior civilian executive for the Navy, is likewise a competent storyteller, but the writing lacks color, and the action never rises above the functional. Big Pharm makes for a familiar villain in Lawson's solidly plotted but not especially lively seventh installment (House Divided, 2011, etc.) in the Joe DeMarco series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802146076
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/11/2013
  • Series: Joe DeMarco Series , #7
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 664,539
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


A former senior civilian executive for the U.S. Navy, MIKE LAWSON is the author of seven novels starring Joe DeMarco: The Inside Ring, The Second Perimeter, House Rules, House Secrets, House Justice , House Divided and House Odds. He lives in Seattle.
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  • Posted September 8, 2013

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    Mike Lawson does it again.

    Book was captivating and had me wondering how "Joe DeMarco" was ever going to sort thru THIS "mess" with so many obstacles. He came thru as usual and was able to find a solution that everybody could live with (except the bad guys). Enjoyed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Another great read

    This was another enjoyable installment in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Couldn't put it down!

    Again Mike Lawson delivers a real page turner that keeps you engaged in the story until all the conflicts are resolved. From his first Demarco novel, which was a Free Friday selection, to the latest in the series, I have become a big fan and look forward to Lawson's next book!

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

    Another Winner From Mike Lawson

    House Blood is another in the series of Mike Lawson's books featuring his central characters, Joe DeMarco and Emma. It doesn't disappoint. It is full of plot twists, surprises, and even international intrigue. It would make a great movie! A must read.

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