House Blood

A Joe DeMarco Thriller
House Blood: A Joe DeMarco Thriller. Atlantic Monthly. Jul. 2012. c.432p. ISBN 9780802119940. $25. F
As a legal investigator on the staff of former Speaker of the House John Mahoney, Joe DeMarco is often tasked with unusual and unwelcome fix-it jobs. He is a hesitant antihero who fades into bureaucratic anonymity once the mission is accomplished. This time Mahoney orders Joe to review the evidence in the murder conviction of the lobbyist son of his wife's best friend. The uncertain trail leads Joe to the global dealings of a pharmaceutical company and puts him squarely in the path of extremely dangerous assassins. Joe is in over his head but saved at times by luck or the quick thinking of his dear but acerbic friend, Emma, a former defense intelligence agent.
VERDICT Lawson's seventh novel (after House Divided) in his Joe DeMarco thriller series is another page-turner brimming with authentic Washington, DC, detail and distinctive, engaging characters. Even the bad guys are interesting. Adventure-seeking readers will love. [See Prepub Alert, 1/8/12.]
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