House Rules: A Joe DeMarco Thriller (Mass Market Paperbound)
July 2008 Indie Next List
“Mike Lawson's fine new Joe DeMarco thriller -- set against the Washington, D.C., political backdrop -- tackles what seems to be a new set of terrorist attacks in the U.S. The novel works on several levels -- including vivid characters and fine and complex plotting -- and Lawson addresses how fear is used to manipulate national politics.”
— Dan Domike, Jackson Street Books, Seattle, WA
In House Rules, two foiled terrorist attacks and a law targeting Muslim Americans send Joe DeMarco on a dangerous mission among mobsters, meth dealers, and the Washington political elite.
First there was the bomb meant for the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel, then a private plane headed straight for the White House is shot down. An atmosphere of fear and panic overruns the country, and when a senator proposes to run extensive background checks on all Muslims and deport any who aren’t citizens, his bill gains surprising traction. John Mahoney, the larger-than-life Speaker of the House, is not pleased. But Mahoney has a connection to one of the attackers, one he wants kept a secret. So he calls DeMarco, who attempts to get to the bottom of the attacks, and to pacify his difficult, yet charismatic boss in this riveting installment in the series.
About the Author
Mike Lawson, a former senior civilian executive for the US Navy, is the author of nine previous novels starring Joe DeMarco. His first book, "The Inside Ring", was rated by the "Seattle Times" as one of the top ten thrillers of 2005 and was a finalist for the Barry Award for Best Thriller. "House Secrets" was selected as one of the best thrillers of 2009 by "Library Journal", the "St. Louis Post-Dispatch", and "Deadly Pleasures" "Mystery Magazine".