A Joe DeMarco Thriller
By Mike Lawson
(Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, 9780802119780, 384pp.)
Publication Date: July 2011
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With his series featuring Joe DeMarco, fixer for Speaker of the House, Mike Lawson has won a reputation as one of America’s best political thriller writers. In House Divided, with his boss out of commission, DeMarco is on his own, a sacrificial pawn in a lethal game between a master spy and a four-star army general.
When the NSA was caught wiretapping U.S. citizens without warrants, a scandal erupted and the program came to a screeching halt. But the man who spearheaded the most sophisticated eavesdropping operation in history wasn’t about to sit by while his country sleepwalked into another 9/11. Instead, he moved the program into the shadows. So when the NSA records a rogue military group murdering two American civilians, they can’t exactly walk over to the Pentagon and demand to know what’s going on. That doesn’t mean their hands are tied, however. As the largest intelligence service in the country, both in money and manpower, they have plenty of options mostly illegitimate.
DeMarco learns all too well just what the NSA is capable of, but he doesn’t like being used, so he fights back. House Divided is inspired and compelling, a strong addition to this celebrated series.
A great novel from a great author! Lawson goes for broke in this Machiavellian thriller, where Washington power brokers take on elite super spies with one rather perplexed Joe DeMarco trying to outwitand outlastthe carnage. Equal parts funny, clever and cool, this book will make your heart race and your mind ponder.”
Lisa Gardner, New York Times best-selling author of Live to Tell
"Lawson's House Divided is a non-stop thrill ride. The author has created a disturbingly real Washington D.C. and peopled it with eerily familiar characters. He writes with wit and verve and displays a shrewd understanding of bureaucratic irony. Thoroughly enjoyable. The political thriller of the year." John Lutz, New York Times bestselling author of Urge to Kill and The Night Caller
Rating: A. House Divided exemplifies fascinating storytelling with scary overtones. This series is a must read.”Deadly Pleasures
Joe DeMarco, fixer’ for Speaker of the House John Fitzpatrick Mahoney, is shrewd, tough, discreet, and resourceful. But when he innocently becomes embroiled in a high-tech joust between the supersecret National Security Agency and the Pentagon, DeMarco realizes he’s a mere babe in the woods. Lawson creates multifaceted characters [and] the pacing is relentless a great thriller.” Thomas Gaughan, Booklist (starred review)
In Lawson’s excellent sixth Joe DeMarco thriller, DeMarco, the fix-it man for womanizing, alcoholic John Mahoney, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, discovers he can get into serious trouble all on his own without the help of Mahoney, who spends this entry offstage in the hospital. Readers will enjoy watching the smart, funny DeMarco, who’s wise to the ways of Washington, as he extricates himself from one deadly threat after another.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A cousin’s death draws D.C. fixer Joe DeMarco away from the golf course and into a case that teaches him much about how the war on terror is fought in this entertaining thriller the case moves at a nice clip and the manner and methods of the war within the war on terror are fascinating.” Kirkus Reviews
Crisply plotted.”Entertainment Weekly
The only problem with [Lawson’s] novels is that there are not dozens of them to read!”Seattle Times
I love Joe DeMarco. These are wonderful. I think they’re inventive, nicely detailed, just a treat to read. Great airplane books.”Nancy Pearl