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House Reckoning (Hardcover)

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I’ve just finished a dynamite double-header from Mike Lawson: Rosarito Beach and House Reckoning. Better than a day at the ballpark!

Rosarito Beach (a few signed 1sts
still available) follows DEA agent Kay Hamilton in her quest to take
down the head of a Mexican cartel. Kay is not a likeable person. She’s
brusque and short tempered and absolutely single minded. But she’s very
good at what she does. The fun in the book is that odd events keep
thwarting her plans and she’s forced to continually improvise. She’s
very good at that, too.

Like the DeMarco novels, there’s a
good deal of cynical humor to the book. I think it stands right up there
with the work of Don Winslow and it’ll be interesting to see if he
continues with Hamilton as a lead character. Hope he does.

House Reckoning won’t be out until
mid-Summer and is his usual outstanding DeMarco tale. We know from past
books that Joe’s father was a mob enforcer who was killed a couple of
decades ago, before Joe began working for Mahoney. Now DeMarco’s been
told who pulled the trigger. And Joe resolves to achieve vengeance.

The problem is that the guy who
pulled the trigger is now a big shot and Mahoney doesn’t want Joe to do
anything. Politics! Joe doesn’t listen, of course – lots of twists and
turns, and Emma, thank god. Lawson writes great women.

But that doesn’t really say much…every facet of the books and every character is terrific.

Both are destined to be high on my Best of 2014 list.

— JB

The more I read Mike Lawson’s books
about Joe DeMarco, the more I really think Hollywood’s dropped the ball
by not picking up this series, and that’s still true with his latest,
House Reckoning. However, with this one, I realized that a movie just
won’t do. It’s gotta be a series, probably through HBO or something
similar (please, god, not SPECTRE).

We’ve always known that
DeMarco’s job options have been limited because his father was a hitman
for the mob. In House Reckoning, we find out what Gino’s story really
was, and how he died. But more importantly, Joe finds out what his dad
was involved with, and the circumstances leading to his death.

Joe is out for vengeance. Turns out, he’s more like his dad than he
ever knew. But will this cycle of revenge be his undoing?

Lawson has a talent for creating characters we care about, and his
writing is so smooth, so seamless, that you don’t realize how far you’ve
been submerged in DeMarco’s world until you find yourself wanting to
get involved in his life. I found myself muttering, “Joe, don’t do it,
don’t , please don’t!” Joe and Emma and Mahoney and MaryPat are all
friends, and I don’t get to visit them nearly often enough!

you haven’t met Joe DeMarco, start with The Inside Ring (Grove, $7.99).
And if you haven’t, I envy you. You’re in for quite a treat! If you have
already spent time with DeMarco, this is a must-read. The backstory you
get, the insight into Joe, is not to be missed!

— Fran


The ninth installment in Mike Lawson's Washington, D.C. political thriller series launches readers back into Joe DeMarco's past--to the murder of his father, which was never investigated, let alone solved.
DeMarco always knew that his father Gino had a shady job for a local mafioso, but he didn't understand that Gino had been a hitman until he was murdered. Now, nearly twenty years later, one of Gino's former mob associates is dying of lung cancer, and he wants to get something off his chest before retiring to his grave: the truth about Gino's killer. The shocking information, and the powerful position the killer now occupies, sends DeMarco on a mission of revenge with terrible consequences. And after the secret being kept for so long, DeMarco has to rush to do something about it: the killer is on the brink of taking a job in Washington, D.C. that will leave him untouchable.
With his job, his morals, and his very life on the line, DeMarco must ask himself: How far will he go for revenge?

About the Author

Mike Lawson is a former senior civilian executive for the U.S. Navy. He is the author of eight previous novels starring Joe DeMarco.

Praise For…

Advance Praise for House Reckoning

"A compelling story of vengeance. Lawson is a gifted master."Rick Mofina, bestselling author of Whirlwind

Product Details
ISBN: 9780802122537
ISBN-10: 0802122531
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2014
Pages: 295
Language: English
Series: Joe DeMarco Thrillers (Hardcover)