In Lawson's excellent sixth Joe DeMarco thriller (after House Justice), DeMarco, the fix-it man for womanizing, alcoholic John Mahoney, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, discovers he can get into serious trouble all on his own without the help of Mahoney, who spends this entry offstage in the hospital. When DeMarco's pious hospice nurse cousin, Paul Russo, is shot to death near the Iwo Jima Memorial, the position of the body—half on federal park property, half on an Arlington County sidewalk—presents a jurisdictional problem that's soon settled in favor of the feds. DeMarco, who barely knew his cousin and would rather be playing golf, finds himself unwittingly drawn into the mystery of Paul's murder and eventually a target of the NSA, the FBI, and the CIA. Readers will enjoy watching the smart, funny DeMarco, who's wise to the ways of Washington, as he extricates himself from one deadly threat after another. (July)
From the Publisher
“A great novel from a great author! Lawson goes for broke in this Machiavellian thriller, where Washington power brokers take on elite super spies with one rather perplexed Joe DeMarco trying to outwitand outlastthe carnage. Equal parts funny, clever and cool, this book will make your heart race and your mind ponder.”
Lisa Gardner, New York Times best-selling author of Live to Tell
"Lawson's House Divided is a non-stop thrill ride. The author has created a disturbingly real Washington D.C. and peopled it with eerily familiar characters. He writes with wit and verve and displays a shrewd understanding of bureaucratic irony. Thoroughly enjoyable. The political thriller of the year." John Lutz, New York Times bestselling author of Urge to Kill and The Night Caller
“Rating: A. House Divided exemplifies fascinating storytelling with scary overtones.
This series is a must read.”Deadly Pleasures
“Joe DeMarco, ‘fixer’ for Speaker of the House John Fitzpatrick Mahoney, is shrewd, tough, discreet, and resourceful.
But when he innocently becomes embroiled in a high-tech joust between the supersecret National Security Agency and the Pentagon, DeMarco realizes he’s a mere babe in the woods.
Lawson creates multifaceted characters
[and] the pacing is relentless
a great thriller.” Thomas Gaughan, Booklist (starred review)
“In Lawson’s excellent sixth Joe DeMarco thriller, DeMarco, the fix-it man for womanizing, alcoholic John Mahoney, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, discovers he can get into serious trouble all on his own without the help of Mahoney, who spends this entry offstage in the hospital.
Readers will enjoy watching the smart, funny DeMarco, who’s wise to the ways of Washington, as he extricates himself from one deadly threat after another.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A cousin’s death draws D.C. fixer Joe DeMarco away from the golf course and into a case that teaches him much about how the war on terror is fought in this entertaining thriller
the case moves at a nice clip and the manner and methods of the war within the war on terror are fascinating.” Kirkus Reviews
“Crisply plotted.”Entertainment Weekly
“The only problem with [Lawson’s] novels is that there are not dozens of them to read!”Seattle Times
“I love Joe DeMarco.
These are wonderful. I think they’re inventive, nicely detailed, just a treat to read. Great airplane books.”Nancy Pearl
When the National Security Agency intercepts radio traffic recording the assassination of two Americans, the stage is set for a showdown with the Department of Defense. However, one of the victims was the distant cousin of Joe DeMarco, a fixer for the Speaker of the House, and Joe learns that the man had a secret that may have led to his murder. This is a serviceable entry (after the excellent House Justice) in an overall superior series, but some of the edge and humor are missing this time around.
A cousin's death draws D.C. fixer Joe DeMarco away from the golf course and into a case that teaches him much about how the war on terror is fought in this entertaining thriller from Lawson (House Justice, 2010, etc.).
With his boss in the hospital for gall bladder surgery and his girlfriend in Afghanistan on a secret mission for the CIA, DeMarco looks forward to time on the links. So he's annoyed when he has to settle his second cousin's will. Perhaps because he just wants to hit some balls, DeMarco ignores suspicious details surrounding his cousin's death. First, the cousin, Paul Russo, was shot in the head early in the morning at the Iwo Jima Memorial. Then, Russo's landlady tells DeMarco, the FBI searched Russo's apartment after his death. And a woman at the hospice where Paul was a nurse says the FBI confiscated his office computer. The FBI, meanwhile, who have jurisdiction over the case since the shooting occurred on federal property, waste no time cremating Russo's remains and suggest he was the victim of a drug deal gone bad. What DeMarco doesn't know is that his cousin's death connected to the war on terror and that the NSA, the FBI and the Pentagon want the matter covered up. Gen. Charles Bradford, for one, dispatches a man to take out the witnesses to Russo's murder. And at the National Security Agency, Claire Whiting suspects the FBI is holding back on something with the Russo case. DeMarco, meanwhile, having learned his cousin was gay, talks to an ex-boyfriend, who's in a hurry to leave town. The boyfriend finally admits Paul had acquired information that put his life in danger. Now unable to deny something's afoot, DeMarco heads into a case that finds government agencies fighting and shadowing each other.
Some stodgy exposition aside, the case moves at a nice clip and the manner and methods of the war within the war on terror are fascinating.