Alligator Alley

Atlantic Monthly. (Joe DeMarco, Bk. 16). Feb. 2023. 288p. ISBN 9780802160522. $27. THRILLER
Lawson returns with this latest thriller (following House Standoff) that sends Washington, DC, “fixer” Joe DeMarco down to Florida to investigate the murder of a young Department of Justice employee. At the request of the DOJ Inspector General, Andie Moore had been looking into how a couple of FBI agents mishandled a money-laundering investigation. She suspects it was done purposefully, but before she can prove it, she is murdered. Joe picks up the trail with Emma, another well-connected back-door DC operative, and together they try to figure out who killed Andie and why. That’s the easy part, though, because they also have to find a way to prove it. These veteran FBI agents seem to have someone else working with them, and this someone is helping them cover their tracks. The twists and turns keep the pages flying by, with a few moments of levity sprinkled in to break the tension. The conclusion will leave readers both shocked and satisfied.
VERDICT This is an easy entry to the Joe DeMarco series and will win Lawson some new fans.
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