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House Arrest

A gripping and timely political thriller that is skillfully crafted to keep you on the edge of your seat.



This is the thirteenth book in Mike Lawson’s delightful Joe Demarco series, where Joe is a fixer for the long-term and powerful Congressman John Mahoney. In HOUSE ARREST Joe is arrested in the aftermath of the murder of Representative Lyle Canton, House Majority Whip and political enemy of John Mahoney. But DeMarco is being framed.

Locked up in the Alexandria jail, DeMarco calls his enigmatic friend Emma, an ex-DIA agent to find the true killer. Emma investigation leads to Sebastian Spear, a ruthless CEO of the multi-billion-dollar Spear Industries. Spear motive for killing Canton was Canton’s wife, Jean. Jean had been the love of Spear’s life in high school many years ago and they had recently renewed their friendship. But now Jean was dead, killed in a car crash while driving drunk.

Spear blames Canton for the accident. But the case against DeMarco is airtight. All the evidence points directly to him. Can Emma use her cunning and connections to prove DeMarco was innocent before its to late?


I love this series and this is one of MIKE LAWSON’s best! DeMarco is in deep trouble by no fault of his own this time. The story was fast and gripping. And of course the strong and super intelligent Emma comes to the rescue! I love Emma’s character. I love Joe’s character also, but it’s always nice when a woman comes in to save the day. And it’s a book written by a man. Thank you Mike Lawson for writing a strong woman character in this series.

His writing seem effortless and it is totally enthralling. Lawson has published 16 novels, 13 starring Joe DeMarco, and three books in his Kay Hamilton series. He has won The Friend of Mystery award twice and he is a five time nominee for the Barry award. He is a renowned fly fisherman, guide, fly tier, and founder of the Henry's Fork Anglers fly shop. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher Atlantic Monthly Press

Published February 5, 2019

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