House Odds (Joe DeMarco Series #8)

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"House Odds gives you a look at the sordid underbelly of Washington politics where you will meet crooked politicians, evil gangsters and violent fixers mixed into a clever, original, fast moving and unpredictable plot. Enjoy." -Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of Sleight of Hand

"House Odds held my attention from start to finish. It has all the essential elements of a crackling good thriller: a ...

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Overview


Advance Praise for House Odds

"House Odds gives you a look at the sordid underbelly of Washington politics where you will meet crooked politicians, evil gangsters and violent fixers mixed into a clever, original, fast moving and unpredictable plot. Enjoy." -Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of Sleight of Hand

"House Odds held my attention from start to finish. It has all the essential elements of a crackling good thriller: a great character (political fixer Joe DeMarco), a spellbinding plot, and clean crisp prose. After I read my first Joe DeMarco book, I wanted to read them all. You will, too." -William Bernhardt, author of Capitol Conspiracy

"Lawson rivets in House Odds throwing Joe DeMarco - that engaging charmer you want to have your back - right into the rear corridors of Capitol Hill, the power deals, and yes, the Mob gets involved. Like Joe, we wonder, as he raises the question - who really are the bad guys?" “—Cara Black, author of Murder at the Lanterne Rouge

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
House minority leader John Fitzpatrick Mahoney, a Massachusetts Democrat who longs to regain the speaker’s gavel, turns to Joe DeMarco for help with a personal matter, in Lawson’s outstanding eighth thriller featuring the Congressional fixer (after 2012’s House Blood). Mahoney summons DeMarco to his office, where a representative of the SEC has some bad news. Mahoney’s tech-engineer daughter, Molly, is about to be arrested for insider trading. The SEC is after Molly because they think she bought stock worth ,000 in a company that her Rockville, Md., employer, Reston Technology, knew was on the verge of a scientific breakthrough. When DeMarco investigates, he discovers that Molly has a serious gambling problem and is in deep debt to mobster Ted Allen, who runs a casino in Atlantic City, N.J. As usual, the characters—notably an interesting mix of gangsters, who range from deadly to hilarious—matter more than the plot. Agent: David Gernert, the Gernert Company. (July)
From the Publisher
“Mike Lawson has a deservedly strong reputation for his robust, bemused tales of D.C. intrigue, and House Odds doesn’t disappoint.” —The Seattle Times

“What a pleasure to read a book by a writer who gets everything right—the engaging protagonist, the fluid and often funny dialogue, the quick-paced and believable plot. … Grade: A.” —The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

“Outstanding.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Odds favor a good time for the reader as Joe DeMarco faces his eighth case: a looming insider trading scandal with potentially fatal consequences. … Funny lines, fiendishly complicated plotting, and swiftly and sharply etched characters make this installment one of the most enjoyable in the series.”—Kirkus Reviews

From The Critics

“Outstanding.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Odds favor a good time for the reader as Joe DeMarco faces his eighth case: a looming insider trading scandal with potentially fatal consequences. … Funny lines, fiendishly complicated plotting, and swiftly and sharply etched characters make this installment one of the most enjoyable in the series.”—Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Odds favor a good time for the reader as Joe DeMarco faces his eighth case: a looming insider trading scandal with potentially fatal consequences. Except for a few side trips to Manhattan and Atlantic City, Lawson's Joe DeMarco stays close to his D.C. base this time as the venerable fixer for Rep. John Mahoney, now House Minority Leader after the 2012 midterm elections notched him down from House Speaker. The SEC has just arrested Mahoney's daughter, Molly, for insider trading. Molly works for a firm that advises manufacturers on how to improve their products, and it appears that she may have used her firm's information about a new submarine battery to invest a half million dollars. Mahoney is convinced she doesn't have that kind of money, and DeMarco suspects that someone set Molly up to embarrass her father. Molly tells DeMarco she overheard a phone conversation in which a colleague, Douglas Campbell, seemed involved in an inside trade. DeMarco soon links Campbell to two other men, who, as college buddies at the University of Virginia, were witness to a suicide that may have been a murder. Meanwhile, in Atlantic City, Ted Allen, honcho at the Atlantic Palace Hotel, and his sniveling accomplice, Greg, wonder how much longer they can cook the books and keep their boss from spotting their major financial fumble. Then, Allen, clearly in league with the mob, approaches Mahoney with the disheartening news that Molly has racked up a considerable gambling debt. Allen offers to forgive her markers if Mahoney backs federal funding for a convention center that will plunk visitors smack in front of his casino. Mahoney's odds against the house look slim: If he throws in with Allen, he could be exposed for mob connections. If he doesn't, Molly could face prison, or worse. A tad overlong, but funny lines, fiendishly complicated plotting, and swiftly and sharply etched characters make this installment one of the most enjoyable in the series.
From the Publisher

“Mike Lawson has a deservedly strong reputation for his robust, bemused tales of D.C. intrigue, and House Odds doesn’t disappoint.”—Seattle Times

“What a pleasure to read a book by a writer who gets everything right—the engaging protagonist, the fluid and often funny dialogue, the quick-paced and believable plot. . . . Grade: A.”—Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

“Odds favor a good time for the reader as Joe DeMarco faces his eighth case: a looming insider trading scandal with potentially fatal consequences. . . . Funny lines, fiendishly complicated plotting, and swiftly and sharply etched characters make this installment one of the most enjoyable in the series."—Kirkus Reviews

“Every [DeMarco book] is of high quality, not only for the excellent storytelling, but for the insights into Washington life and politics. If I were to compose a list of underrated authors I would put Mike Lawson at the top.”—George Easter, Deadly Pleasures

"House Odds gives you a look at the sordid underbelly of Washington politics where you will meet crooked politicians, evil gangsters and violent fixers mixed into a clever, original, fast moving and unpredictable plot. Enjoy."—Phillip Margolin, New York Times-bestselling author of Sleight of Hand

"House Odds held my attention from start to finish. It has all the essential elements of a crackling good thriller: a great character (political fixer Joe DeMarco), a spellbinding plot, and clean crisp prose. After I read my first Joe DeMarco book, I wanted to read them all. You will, too."—William Bernhardt, author of Capitol Conspiracy

"Lawson rivets in House Odds throwing Joe DeMarco—that engaging charmer you want to have your back—right into the rear corridors of Capitol Hill, the power deals, and yes, the Mob gets involved. Like Joe, we wonder, as he raises the question—who really are the bad guys?"—Cara Black, author of Murder at the Lanterne Rouge

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802119957
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Series: Joe DeMarco Series , #8
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 404,868
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (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 Blood. He lives in Seattle.
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  • Posted May 23, 2014

    Awesome series

    Start with #1 and read all from the beginning. Wish each on was longer but they are not. I really enjoyed the Joe DeMarco & Emma character (s) & learned a lot about our politicians. I think this fiction story really does tell the whole story. Interesting for sure.

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    Highly Recommended Read

    I've read all the books in the Joe DeMarco series about a lawyer for The House Speaker and this one is as good as the first. Crime,action, mobsters and politicians they are all there.

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  • Posted July 6, 2013

    The plot was fast and was through reading this book in a day. Wh

    The plot was fast and was through reading this book in a day. What I most appreciated in reading was the diverse set of characters. The villains were well developed and interesting. 

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