House Justice (Joe DeMarco Series #5)

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In his thrillers starring Joe DeMarco, Mike Lawson has made a name for himself as one of the most entertaining and insightful writers focusing on the dirty games played in our nation’s capital. In House Justice, an American defense contractor goes to Iran to sell missile technology, and the CIA knows all about it thanks to a spy in Tehran. But the story is leaked to an ambitious journalist and the spy is burned, brutally tortured, and executed.
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Overview

In his thrillers starring Joe DeMarco, Mike Lawson has made a name for himself as one of the most entertaining and insightful writers focusing on the dirty games played in our nation’s capital. In House Justice, an American defense contractor goes to Iran to sell missile technology, and the CIA knows all about it thanks to a spy in Tehran. But the story is leaked to an ambitious journalist and the spy is burned, brutally tortured, and executed.
The director of the CIA isn’t about to let the callous sacrifice of his valuable spy go unpunished. DeMarco’s boss, Speaker of the House John Fitzpatrick Mahoney has his own reasons to get to the bottom of the leak: he once had a fling with the journalist, and now that she’s in jail for refusing to reveal her source, she is threatening to tell all unless he helps get her out.
DeMarco and the CIA aren’t the only ones looking for the source of the leak. Someone else wants to avenge the spy’s death, and is tailing DeMarco hoping he’ll lead him to his prey. House Justice is classic Mike Lawson—fascinating characters, inside-the-beltway intrigue, and a gripping plot packed with surprises.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After the head of the CIA, Jake LaFountaine, gives a secret briefing to a group of congressional leaders in Lawson’s engaging fifth thriller featuring fix-it man Joe DeMarco (after House Secrets), someone leaks the information to the press. This slip results in the brutal killing of CIA agent Mahata Javadi (“one of the bravest persons I ever met,” LaFountaine tells a room full of reporters), who was working undercover in Iran. John Fitzpatrick Mahoney, Speaker of the House of Representatives and Washington’s premier political puppet master, tasks DeMarco with finding the leaker. Despite three wild cards confounding the search—a Russian mobster, the wealthy head of a technology company, and a mysterious killer bent on revenge—DeMarco manages to remain alive and get himself a fabulous new girlfriend. The always present push and pull between the political machinations of alcoholic, egotistical Mahoney and De Marco’s basic decency raises the ethical stakes. (July)
Library Journal
When a CIA agent working in Iran is murdered as the result of a congressional leak, the Speaker of the House sends Joe DeMarco to locate the source—only, DeMarco finds he's not alone in his quest. Lawson's fifth entry in this series, following the LJ Best Book of 2009 House Secrets, also available from Blackstone Audio and read by Audie Award nominee Joe Barrett, has all the elements that audiences have come to expect from the author: a compelling cast of characters, a gripping story line, exciting plot twists, insightful details about governmental organizations, and a likable hero. A strong addition to the series; recommended. [The Atlantic Monthly hc received a starred review, LJ 5/1/10.—Ed.]—Theresa Stoner, St. Joseph Cty. P.L., South Bend, IN
Library Journal
When a CIA officer in Iran is captured and murdered because of a congressional leak, the Speaker of the House sends his fixer, Joe DeMarco, to find those responsible in this fifth book in the series (after House Secrets). One step behind an unknown killer, Joe works with beautiful CIA agent Angela DeCaprio to find the leakers, who are being tracked and killed one by one. As usual, Joe is in the dark about the multiple conspiracies he uncovers, but he won't, or can't, let go. VERDICT Lawson has honed his skill to write a perfect political thriller—fast-moving, cynical, but ultimately moral. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/10; reading group guide available online at www.groveatlantic.com.]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802119377
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Joe DeMarco Series , #5
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 816,230
  • Product dimensions: 9.34 (w) x 6.44 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

A former senior civilian executive for the United States Navy, Mike Lawson is the author of four previous novels starring Joe DeMarco, The Inside Ring, The Second Perimeter, House Rules, and House Secrets. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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  • Posted May 4, 2010

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    This is an excellent timely entry in the great "House" political series

    The undercover agent in Tehran informs the CIA that an American defense contractor is selling missile technology to the Iranian government. A congressional leak to the media leads to the CIA operative being exposed and captured in Tehran where he is tortured and executed.

    The CIA chief is outraged with what happened to a field agent and vows to learn who leaked the information to the reporter as not only was a good person killed but peers know what happened. The journalist is placed in jail for her refusal to release her source. Speaker of the House John Fitzpatrick Mahoney is also fuming over what occurred in Tehran and Congress, but has a personal reason to expose the culprit. He assigns troubleshooter Joe DeMarco to find him the name of who broke the security laws by exposing the name of an operative. Joe teams up with CIA agent Angela DeCaprio as they investigate the leak; only each time they find someone associated with the name dropping that person is murdered.

    This is an excellent timely entry in the great "House" political series (see House Rules and House Secrets) as Mike Lawson extrapolates from the exposing of Plume to make a case that those who did so deserved punishment for what could have happened to contacts. The story line is fast-paced, loaded with action, and dynamic conspiracies as Joe the ethical cynic and Angela the agent follow the trail while a killer follows their trail.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Loved it

    It never ceases to amaze me how Joe manages to get out of sticky situations he is so clueless at times but always manages to come out on top. Another fine read by Lawson.

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I love a series. You know some of the major players. This series gives us an inside view of Washington DC. I know it's a fiction but is it really? Start with #1 and follow Joe DeMarco.

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

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    Highly Recommend

    I have been a Joe DeMarco (MIke Lawson) fan since book #1. All characters blend well and the story line is intreging. Full of suspense and humor all the way.

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  • Posted February 15, 2012

    Read them all

    Great easy reading. Good character development. Believable current event plot-lines.

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  • Posted June 25, 2010

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    Justice Is Slow

    Mike Lawson's last novel, House Secrets, deserved the accolades it received, including a great review from me on bn.com. But the latest, House Justice, is simply tiresome. There are too many subplots and too much jabbering. Maybe an author gets a thrill when he bumps a character off, but too many gratuitous murders clog this novel up. Lawson could easily have told the story in 50 less pages, and then perhaps I might be joining in the praise.

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  • Posted June 18, 2010

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    Bridget's Review

    An American defense contractor is selling information to Iran. The CIA has been notified by a spy but not in time to save their own life or the life of the journalist. Joe DeMarco is given the job of piecing together this puzzle. Finding out who leaked the information to the Journalist and who took the spy's life isn't going to be an easy task.

    I'm a sucker for a good thriller. This fast-paced book is one of those that flows naturally, which means that you will finish it a lot quicker than you thought!

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