House Witness (Joe DeMarco, #12)
In House Witness, the twelfth novel in the Joe DeMarco series, Mike Lawson puts his likable protagonist on the trail of a different kind of fixer--one whose job is to influence, and sometimes disappear, witnesses in seemingly airtight criminal cases. Minority Leader of the House and DeMarco's long-time employer John Mahoney has kept more than one secret from his wife over the years, but none so explosive as this: He has a son, and that son has just been shot dead in a bar in Manhattan. Mahoney immediately dispatches DeMarco to New York to assist prosecutor Justine Porter, but with five bystanders willing to testify against the killer--rich-boy Toby Rosenthal--the case seems like a slam-dunk. That is, until Porter begins to suspect that someone is interfering with those witnesses, and that this may be connected to a pattern of cases across the country. Is there someone who is getting witnesses out of the way when the fate of a wealthy defendant is on the line?With the help of Porter's intern, as outrageously smart as she is young, DeMarco becomes determined to follow that question through to its violent resolution in what turns out to be this series' most unexpected plot yet.

House Witness (Joe DeMarco, #12) Details

TitleHouse Witness (Joe DeMarco, #12)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherAtlantic Monthly Press
ISBN-139780802126665
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller

House Witness (Joe DeMarco, #12) Review

  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Mike Lawson, Grove Atlantic and Atlantic Monthly Press for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.As a long-time fan of Mike Lawson’s work, I was pleased to get my hands on an advance copy of his latest Joe DeMarco novel. After House Minority Leader John Mahoney receives word that someone close to him has been murdered, his first call is to Joe DeMarco, his fixer of sorts. Understand First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Mike Lawson, Grove Atlantic and Atlantic Monthly Press for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.As a long-time fan of Mike Lawson’s work, I was pleased to get my hands on an advance copy of his latest Joe DeMarco novel. After House Minority Leader John Mahoney receives word that someone close to him has been murdered, his first call is to Joe DeMarco, his fixer of sorts. Understanding the nuances of the Manhattan D.A.’s Office, Mahoney insists that DeMarco offer his services to assist in any way possible. The case looks fairly cut and dry, but those are the ones that tend to be the most problematic if they reach trial. The killer comes from family money that will stop at nothing to erase events in any way possible. When the defence attorney places a call, seeking some assistance in the matter of trying to turn an easy conviction into something far less straightforward, there is hesitation. However, for the right price, things may turn their way. Enter Ella Fields, who has made it her business to work alongside her husband to help dissuade or disappear key witnesses from what they saw, thereby toppling the proverbial apple cart. As things begin to get a little shaky in Manhattan, DeMarco learns of the possibility that someone like Fields could be out destroying easy cases. He vows to track her down, travelling across the United States to learn more about a number of cases, always two steps behind. However, with the trial about ready to begin, DeMarco may have stumbled upon something, though even he is not sure if it will be enough. Lawson continues paving the way for DeMarco to remain at the top if his game, while pulling readers into the middle of this quick-paced series. Fans of Joe DeMarco and those who like crime thrillers that do not slow down will surely enjoy this piece and the entire collection.It is hard to believe that this is the twelfth instalment of the Joe Demarco series, though Mike Lawson has a wonderful handle on things. What began as a strong political thriller has turned more into something criminal and loosely legal in nature, but the reader is not forced to compromise too much. DeMarco’s backstory is well known to series vets, but is not lost here in the crumbs left for new readers. His past comes full circle as he is forced to come to terms with the murder of his cousin, though there are even larger shocks for the attentive reader. DeMarco has grit and determination, as well as charm and some rough exterior that usually garners him the results he needs. It is some of the other characters, particularly Ella Fields, that steal the show in this novel, offering up both a thorough backstory and a wonderful collection of traits as the story’s narrative heats up. The reader is left little time to ponder what’s been read, too busy are they with trying to see where the next part of the cat and mouse game will go. The story itself is well crafted in a legal thriller genre that I felt worked more effectively as a one of the crime variety. DeMarco rushes to fill the gaps while Fields will not go down without a fight, eluding capture throughout. Newer fans of the series, or first timers in general, will not be aware of the transformation of the series. If I had to offer up one area that I disliked, it is that political intrigue and centrality are gone, as though Lawson feels that he has lost that avenue. As I read, I could not help but ask myself, ‘Will DeMarco play more than a passing role in this story?’ for much of the early narrative, though Lawson did bring things back before too long. I yearn for a political thriller, if there is someone that Lawson has left in him, though I will not complain too much, as this story was written in a masterful style and one sure to pull the reader in from the early chapters.Kudos, Mr. Lawson, for another success. I always look forward to what you have to offer and hope that you’ll keep writing. Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...
    more
  • Sepani
    January 1, 1970
    I received this copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This is my first book in this series by this author and I should try the remaining for sure. If I summarize the story;it’s about a murder done by a son of a wealthy family and his father is asking his lawyer to clear his son from all charges regarding his son’s action. When the lawyer learns that they have five witnesses against his client he understood that it will be a difficult case to handle alone by himse I received this copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This is my first book in this series by this author and I should try the remaining for sure. If I summarize the story;it’s about a murder done by a son of a wealthy family and his father is asking his lawyer to clear his son from all charges regarding his son’s action. When the lawyer learns that they have five witnesses against his client he understood that it will be a difficult case to handle alone by himself. So he asked one of his colleagues for his support and he mentions about a magic where a team helps in witness tampering. So with the help of the team the lawyer settles for his work.The victim who was murdered is the son of John Mahoney who is a Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives and he asked DeMarco to make sure that the murderer will be prosecuted for his crime. When DeMarco learnt the witnesses were disappearing and some of them are changing their testimony, he understood that there is a witness tampering and he takes measures to catch the culprit. I have read much mystery and thriller books from many other authors, but the reason I liked this was, because of the story line. In other books it’s about finding the culprit or running away from the murderer; but in here the story is narrated in a different perspective.The only reason I gave 4 stars because at some points I felt that it contained more descriptive paragraphs were it was a distraction to continue reading .In my opinion this can be read by anyone who loves mystery.
    more
  • Kathi Defranc
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first Joe DeMarco book by Mike Lawson, but I am definitely going back to read the rest! Intense,entertaining, with several twists by amazing characters, I could not stop reading! A man has been arrested for shooting another in a bar, but the prosecutor worries about her witnesses. She tells her investigator about several other cases over the years that seemed a slam dunk, however witnesses disappeared,changed their stories, or died while the case went through many delays. The mother o This is my first Joe DeMarco book by Mike Lawson, but I am definitely going back to read the rest! Intense,entertaining, with several twists by amazing characters, I could not stop reading! A man has been arrested for shooting another in a bar, but the prosecutor worries about her witnesses. She tells her investigator about several other cases over the years that seemed a slam dunk, however witnesses disappeared,changed their stories, or died while the case went through many delays. The mother of the person murdered is a big political figure, and wants to make sure the man who killed her son is made to suffer, telling her long lost boyfriend, the boy's real father, to make sure all is done correctly. It seems that in all cases where things changed, the defendant is very rich, as the boy's father is in this case. As the prosecutor starts interviewing her witnesses,stories change. DeMarco must find out who is doing this witness tampering. Everything changes quickly,you are never able to know what is happening, the excitement is not quelled.I would like to thank Netgalley, the author Mike Lawson and Grove Atlantic for giving me the chance to read this story, from which I give you my review.
    more
  • Janet Newport
    January 1, 1970
    I've always enjoyed Mike Lawson's Joe DeMarco books. Easy and entertaining reads and oh, the political shenanigans! Thank you Netgalley & Atlantic Monthly Press for this ARC. Again, Mike Lawson has written an easy and entertaining Joe DeMarco book but I missed his usual political shenanigans. John Mohoney's character was used as the starting mechanism for this story but was otherwise pretty much absent and I missed him. There was some office politics and backscratching with the Manhattan DA' I've always enjoyed Mike Lawson's Joe DeMarco books. Easy and entertaining reads and oh, the political shenanigans! Thank you Netgalley & Atlantic Monthly Press for this ARC. Again, Mike Lawson has written an easy and entertaining Joe DeMarco book but I missed his usual political shenanigans. John Mohoney's character was used as the starting mechanism for this story but was otherwise pretty much absent and I missed him. There was some office politics and backscratching with the Manhattan DA's office but not enough to justify my continued cynicism of politics in general (not that I'm going to change anyways). House Witness was still a good hunt for the bad guy story. He did introduce a new character, Sarah, and I hope to see more of her in future books.
    more
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    A gripping read of a race to find the witness tampering team available only to those super wealthy defendants that have enough money to pay the multi-million dollar fee. SUMMARYHouse Witness is the twelfth novel in the Joe DeMarco series by Mike Lawson, But this one's a little bit different, it's personal. John Mahoney, the Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives and DeMarco’s boss, has a secret. He has a son, it's a son that his wife knows nothing about. That son has just been shot d A gripping read of a race to find the witness tampering team available only to those super wealthy defendants that have enough money to pay the multi-million dollar fee. SUMMARYHouse Witness is the twelfth novel in the Joe DeMarco series by Mike Lawson, But this one's a little bit different, it's personal. John Mahoney, the Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives and DeMarco’s boss, has a secret. He has a son, it's a son that his wife knows nothing about. That son has just been shot dead in a dark bar in Manhattan, so Mahoney sends DeMarco to New York to make sure the killer is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. But there are five witnesses that can testify against the killer, who is a rich kid named Toby Rosenthal, so it doesn't look like there's much for DeMarco to do. And then the witnesses start disappearing or changing their testimony. Justine Porter, the prosecutor suspects that this is witness tampering, and it might be connected to a pattern of cases across the country where super wealthy defendants are avoiding convictions when witnesses testimony falls apart. Can DeMarco find whoever is responsible for the tampering prior to the Rosenthal trial?REVIEWHOUSE WITNESS was an entertaining thriller that had me turning pages faster than a jackrabbit! I’m a huge fan of the DeMarco series and have read and love them all. This one is no different, although I was a little disappointed that crux of DeMarco’s role didn't emerge until well into the book. But when he did, he was in fine form.DeMarco, who with the proper motivation, leaves no stone unturned, in an effort to find an elusive “exceptional jury consultant”. In House Witness he has a lot of help from the impressive Sarah, a tiny, sharp and savvy intern in the district attorney’s office who was a “blood hound with a key board.” I loved the ending of House Witness. Looks like DeMarco may be crossing paths with this “exceptional jury consultant” again. I recommend this book to fans of political and legal thrillers, and anyone who likes series. Thanks to Mike Lawson, Grove Atlantic and Netgalley for an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
    more
  • Todd Simpson
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 12th book that I’ve read from Mike Lawson, and I’ve absolutely loved every one of them. Back in 2005 I picked up his first book ‘Inside Ring’ just by chance, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. His books are always highly entertaining, and every story is quite unique. The main characters John Mahoney and Jo De Marco are both a bit floored and rough around the edges, but this is what makes them both so interesting. ‘House Witness’ has a great plot, and a very dive This is the 12th book that I’ve read from Mike Lawson, and I’ve absolutely loved every one of them. Back in 2005 I picked up his first book ‘Inside Ring’ just by chance, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. His books are always highly entertaining, and every story is quite unique. The main characters John Mahoney and Jo De Marco are both a bit floored and rough around the edges, but this is what makes them both so interesting. ‘House Witness’ has a great plot, and a very diverse range of characters, that really make this a very entertaining story. Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives John Mahoney hadn’t told anyone that he had a son out there that no one knew about, and that included his wife of many years. It may have been a secret, however now that his son was dead he needed someone to investigate his death. Luckily John had is go to man Jo De Marco working for him, and especially lucky since he has that uncanny knack for getting to the bottom of things. Mind you De Marco doesn’t always work in the parameters of the law, and that’s the reason he gets things done. However, this time he was up against someone that specialised in tampering with witnesses, and would go to great lengths to help get the guilty party from going to jail. You could easily lose yourself between the pages of this fabulous book for many enjoyable hours. Hands down this story is well worth a read.
    more
  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    House Witness is a fast-paced “legal thriller” that opens with Washington D.C. power broker intrigue and a Bar room murder and an initial police investigation right out of a Law and Order episode. But, that’s all a preview for the heart of the matter which is to turn the entire concept of a legal thriller on its head by positing what could happen if a crew of underhanded manipulators were out there offering their services to rich defendants in the way of Witness tampering. Making eyewitnesses di House Witness is a fast-paced “legal thriller” that opens with Washington D.C. power broker intrigue and a Bar room murder and an initial police investigation right out of a Law and Order episode. But, that’s all a preview for the heart of the matter which is to turn the entire concept of a legal thriller on its head by positing what could happen if a crew of underhanded manipulators were out there offering their services to rich defendants in the way of Witness tampering. Making eyewitnesses disappear or change their testimony was a speciality of this crew until Fixer Joe DeMarco gets involved. It’s an engrossing read with a fairly blistering pace, although it strained believability the extent of the misdeeds committed and the speed with which some threw away their ethics. Despite its imperfections, it was not a bad read. Thanks to Grove Atlantic for providing a copy for review.
    more
  • Kyle Robertson
    January 1, 1970
    Mike Lawson is one of my favorite authors. This is the twelfth book in the Joe DeMarco series, and they just keep on getting better and better. This book is a little different than the previous ones. It involves a more personal story than past books, plus there is a bit more backstory and character development than previous books have explored. Former Speaker of the House and current Minority Leader John Mahoney once again calls on his fixer to investigate a situation and assure that justice is Mike Lawson is one of my favorite authors. This is the twelfth book in the Joe DeMarco series, and they just keep on getting better and better. This book is a little different than the previous ones. It involves a more personal story than past books, plus there is a bit more backstory and character development than previous books have explored. Former Speaker of the House and current Minority Leader John Mahoney once again calls on his fixer to investigate a situation and assure that justice is served. The murder that has occurred is very personal to Mahoney. DeMarco believes that the case is pretty cut and dry, but he soon discovers that there are many cards yet to be played in the case. He finds himself on the trail of another fixer that makes witnesses disappear in high profile cases. Secrets, lies, and corruption are the themes for this book. DeMarco must navigate the murky waters of the judicial and legislative branches in order to assure that justice is served. The first part of the book doesn't really involve DeMarco that much. It focuses more on the fixer: background, previous jobs, and the groundwork for the current case. DeMarco must use every resource available to find the identity of this fixer and track them down before the whole case falls apart. The ending is satisfying, but Lawson sets up the possibility for another installment where this dangerous ghost from DeMarco's past will pay him a visit when he least expects it. This book is on par with the previous ones in the series. DeMarco doesn't rely on his previous cast of resources to aid him, with the exception of Mahoney, although he does consider the possibility if the need arises. While this book can be read as a stand alone novel, it would be beneficial to read some of the previous books in this series to understand the context a little more. I would recommend this book to fans of political and legal thrillers. I received this as a free ARC from Grove Atlantic, Atlantic Monthly Press on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
    more
  • Bent Hansen
    January 1, 1970
    Mike Lawson's series about Joe DeMarco, behind-the-scenes fixer on Capitol Hill, is a really fun and interesting read. It is also a quite unusual way to use a main protagonist as DeMarco because in the first half of this - the eleventh - book, DeMarco is hardly mentioned at all; instead, Lawson introduces the other main characters quite thoroughly, which is not boring at all, but I caught myself missing DeMarco now and again.Lawson has a very methodical approach to developing his plot, and it is Mike Lawson's series about Joe DeMarco, behind-the-scenes fixer on Capitol Hill, is a really fun and interesting read. It is also a quite unusual way to use a main protagonist as DeMarco because in the first half of this - the eleventh - book, DeMarco is hardly mentioned at all; instead, Lawson introduces the other main characters quite thoroughly, which is not boring at all, but I caught myself missing DeMarco now and again.Lawson has a very methodical approach to developing his plot, and it is super interesting to follow DeMarco's search for the bad guys who try to influence the jury in a murder trial. I wasn't blown away at all times, so I only have 4 stars for Lawson this time, but it is still a very good book that will entertain both Lawson's regular fans and newcomers who can easily jump into the series here without missing a whole lot (I know because I read the first 4 books of the series before getting back into the series in book 10 and now 11).[An ARC of the book was generously provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review]
    more
  • Richard
    January 1, 1970
    Witness Tampering! I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Written by Mike Lawson and published by Atlantic Monthly Press New York in 2018, this is apparently the twelfth novel of the Joe DeMarco series. The plot is quite complex, but it is fairly well-written and the author keeps us guessing throughout the book. The plot twists and turns, but always seems credible. Somebody is engaged in serious witness tampering. It happens in Witness Tampering! I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Written by Mike Lawson and published by Atlantic Monthly Press New York in 2018, this is apparently the twelfth novel of the Joe DeMarco series. The plot is quite complex, but it is fairly well-written and the author keeps us guessing throughout the book. The plot twists and turns, but always seems credible. Somebody is engaged in serious witness tampering. It happens in murder and manslaughter cases where the offender is either extremely wealthy, or comes from a wealthy family. In multiple cities across the US, obviously-guilty individuals are getting off because witnesses are either changing their stories, disappearing, or getting killed. Now it is happening in New York, where the illegitimate son of House Minority Leader John Mahoney and his former lover has been shot to death while sitting in a Manhattan bar. Mahoney and Connie DiNunzio, his son’s mother and a political power in her own right, want the killer prosecuted and sent to prison for a very long time. Toby Rosenthal, the killer, is the ne’er-do-well son of a very rich New York attorney and his wife, and they will pay any price to secure an acquittal for their son. With the assistance of David Slade, the top-notch criminal lawyer they hired to defend their son, they expect a not-guilty verdict, and they are willing to pay two million dollars to get it. Mahoney sends his go-to guy, Joe DeMarco, to New York with instructions to make sure nothing goes wrong at the trial that might prevent a conviction. DeMarco almost meets his match in Ella Fields, the mastermind of the jury tampering effort that is expected to win the case for the defense. In general, I did not find DeMarco to be a particularly likable guy. He seemed like more of a golf-playing deadbeat than a go-getter. Also, his character is not very well developed — perhaps because this novel is so far along in the DeMarco series. As the story begins, he is on crutches, and later he is walking with a cane because he injured his hip by falling into a sand trap while playing golf — hardly a “line of duty” injury. He seems quite passive as an investigator. I did not like the ending of the story, which seemed to be a bit anticlimactic. The author leaves the door open for more conflicts and meetings between Fields and DeMarco in future novels within the series. Adding a detailed Epilogue did not make the book better, IMO. While entertaining, the story did not have the punch that I have come to expect from good detective thrillers. While I don’t hesitate to recommend this novel to lovers of the Joe DeMarco series, I will probably not read any more of them, and I would hesitate to recommend them to all readers. The characters just did not appeal to me. You might have a different opinion, so you should read this book to see for yourself.
    more
  • Steve
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 12th book in Mike Lawson’s Joe DeMarco series. The son of a very wealthy attorney in New York City walks into a restaurant and shoots a man to death. The dead man, Dominic DiNunzio, was the son of Connie who has some sway over John Mahoney, member of the House of Representatives and Joe DeMarco’s boss. Mahoney dispatches Joe to New York to assist the DA in any way necessary to make sure that the shooter is convicted and sent to prison. When witnesses to the crime start to change thei This is the 12th book in Mike Lawson’s Joe DeMarco series. The son of a very wealthy attorney in New York City walks into a restaurant and shoots a man to death. The dead man, Dominic DiNunzio, was the son of Connie who has some sway over John Mahoney, member of the House of Representatives and Joe DeMarco’s boss. Mahoney dispatches Joe to New York to assist the DA in any way necessary to make sure that the shooter is convicted and sent to prison. When witnesses to the crime start to change their story, or even disappear, DeMarco smells something amiss. The attorney for the accused has reached out to someone who can help him acquit the shooter - Ella Fields, who has learned to help wealthy clients get off from her late husband. But she hasn’t had to deal with Joe DeMarco before. I really enjoyed this book finding it hard to put down as the story went back and forth between Ella and Joe. This is the third book in the series that I have read - obviously not in order. So far, it has not been necessary to read them in order (unlike my normal way of doing things!). Thanks to Grove Atlantic and both NetGalley and Edelweiss for providing an advance copy of the book for my review.
    more
  • Loy
    January 1, 1970
    I have read all the Joe DeMarco books written by Mike Lawson. I have enjoyed them all. Joe is a lawyer who works for the former Speaker of the House. John Mahoney. He is his “fixer” Joe is the son of a former Mob enforcer which caused him to have very little job prospects. This one is more personal for John – his son – who is a secret – is killed and he is out to make sure the guy pays. Joe knows the son and is eager to make sure the guy pays. The murder is a rich and entitled man. There is witn I have read all the Joe DeMarco books written by Mike Lawson. I have enjoyed them all. Joe is a lawyer who works for the former Speaker of the House. John Mahoney. He is his “fixer” Joe is the son of a former Mob enforcer which caused him to have very little job prospects. This one is more personal for John – his son – who is a secret – is killed and he is out to make sure the guy pays. Joe knows the son and is eager to make sure the guy pays. The murder is a rich and entitled man. There is witness tampering and all sorts of shenanigans. Joe is right in the middle of everything. In his stumbling and naïve way, he goes after the person who killed his friend. If you have not read any of the other books in the series, you will enjoy it. But if you have read any or all the them, you will enjoy this installment very much. Thank you, Net Galley, for allowing me to read this book in advance, I did not have to wait to see what Joe is up to and gets into!!
    more
  • John Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    Mike Lawson is a very underappreciated author, and I hope with this book he starts getting recognized by more readers as the excellent writer that he is. The Joe DeMarco series, of which this is a part, is consistently first-rate, and the character of Joe DeMarco is one of my favorite fictional characters. He has a real sense of duty, even though he works for a man who tells him to do things that aren't necessarily legal or ethical. Joe does have a conscience, and often questions why he must do Mike Lawson is a very underappreciated author, and I hope with this book he starts getting recognized by more readers as the excellent writer that he is. The Joe DeMarco series, of which this is a part, is consistently first-rate, and the character of Joe DeMarco is one of my favorite fictional characters. He has a real sense of duty, even though he works for a man who tells him to do things that aren't necessarily legal or ethical. Joe does have a conscience, and often questions why he must do these things, but he does fulfill his responsibilities and for that I admire him. The stories themselves are exciting and interesting, teeming with dynamic dialogue. This title had me literally staying up all night to find out what happens next. I hope to meet my reading challenge for 2018, but no matter how many books I read, this will be towards the top of the list.
    more
  • V.E. Lynne
    January 1, 1970
    Twelfth instalment of the highly entertaining Joe De Marco series. De Marco works as a kind of fixer for the corrupt, but charming, Minority Leader of the House John Mahoney, a job that has thrown a few curve balls his way over the years. But not even Joe suspected that long time womaniser Mahoney had a secret son with De Marco's old benefactress, a son who has now been killed in New York, under very fishy circumstances. De Marco is dispatched to help the New York DA get justice but when solid w Twelfth instalment of the highly entertaining Joe De Marco series. De Marco works as a kind of fixer for the corrupt, but charming, Minority Leader of the House John Mahoney, a job that has thrown a few curve balls his way over the years. But not even Joe suspected that long time womaniser Mahoney had a secret son with De Marco's old benefactress, a son who has now been killed in New York, under very fishy circumstances. De Marco is dispatched to help the New York DA get justice but when solid witnesses begin to disappear, or turn up dead, De Marco realises he has met a different kind of fixer, one far more dangerous than him. Ingenious story, with plenty of twists and turns, and featuring a great new female villain. Very enjoyable read.
    more
  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    I'd not read this series before but I was wowed by Joe DeMarco, a fixer for a politician who has now wandered inadvertently, it seems, into a nationwide game of cat and mouse with a really rotten villain. Ella Fields is subverting justice- for a price. The concept is not alien but her reach is quite impressive. I didn't have the back story on DeMarco but Lawson parceled out enough info to help me understand him and his fury at this (although I do hope everyone else feels the same way). Ella is w I'd not read this series before but I was wowed by Joe DeMarco, a fixer for a politician who has now wandered inadvertently, it seems, into a nationwide game of cat and mouse with a really rotten villain. Ella Fields is subverting justice- for a price. The concept is not alien but her reach is quite impressive. I didn't have the back story on DeMarco but Lawson parceled out enough info to help me understand him and his fury at this (although I do hope everyone else feels the same way). Ella is well fleshed out. The other players-prosecutors, defendants, defense attorneys- all feel very real. Thanks to the publisher for the ARC. The plot is not all that surprising but it's well executed and worth a read for fans of legal dramas.
    more
  • Joel
    January 1, 1970
    This was a different wrinkle for the "DeMarco" series. The story devotes a significant amount of time developing a side story about a couple that work in a somewhat unique consulting profession as "trial fixers" or "witness influencers for rich defendants."I was a little thrown at first since this took us out of most of DeMarcos normal world for 90% of the story. However, once I got used to it I was pleased because the story of the fixers was different and well-spun. The ending was somewhat of a This was a different wrinkle for the "DeMarco" series. The story devotes a significant amount of time developing a side story about a couple that work in a somewhat unique consulting profession as "trial fixers" or "witness influencers for rich defendants."I was a little thrown at first since this took us out of most of DeMarcos normal world for 90% of the story. However, once I got used to it I was pleased because the story of the fixers was different and well-spun. The ending was somewhat of a "to be continued" one with a strong hint that the "fixer" would be back to give DeMarco trouble in the future, which was okay with me because the fixer was good character.Very good diversion for the main path of the series. I'll be anxious to see where Lawson takes it.
    more
  • Pat
    January 1, 1970
    This book moves along fast! It's the first book I have read in Mike Lawson's Joe DeMarco series. He is a flawed yet charming character that is as persistant as a bear after honey when after a criminal. I couldn't put it down. The plot was unique and fascinating ... well detailed without being wordy ... I would end a chapter with a question on my mind and it would be answered in the next chapter. So although It was complicated, it was still easy to follow the movement of the characters ... yet ke This book moves along fast! It's the first book I have read in Mike Lawson's Joe DeMarco series. He is a flawed yet charming character that is as persistant as a bear after honey when after a criminal. I couldn't put it down. The plot was unique and fascinating ... well detailed without being wordy ... I would end a chapter with a question on my mind and it would be answered in the next chapter. So although It was complicated, it was still easy to follow the movement of the characters ... yet kept me on my toes. I definitely will be reading the rest of the Joe DeMarco series, beginning with the first one, (this one is #12) although you do not need to have read the others to follow this one.
    more
  • Claire Flanagan
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first of Mike Lawsons books I've read but what a one to start with. Definitely going to hunt down the rest in the series, you don't have to have read any previous Joe DeMarco books to get into this one. Demarcos employer John Mahoneys illegitimate son has been murdered in a bar in Manhattan, the son of a millionaire arrested and charged with the murder, there are 5 witnesses but no motive. One by one the witnesses are paid off or not so subtley put out of the picture. Someone is at t This is the first of Mike Lawsons books I've read but what a one to start with. Definitely going to hunt down the rest in the series, you don't have to have read any previous Joe DeMarco books to get into this one. Demarcos employer John Mahoneys illegitimate son has been murdered in a bar in Manhattan, the son of a millionaire arrested and charged with the murder, there are 5 witnesses but no motive. One by one the witnesses are paid off or not so subtley put out of the picture. Someone is at their work and it's not the first time exceedingly rich people have been let off, is someone manipulating the witnesses? But they're not going to get away with it this time, DeMarco is on the hunt to catch them and see justice done.
    more
  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    What began as a political thriller turned more into something criminal and legal in nature... but it only helped to enhance the plot and the story. Joe DeMarco is forced to come to terms with the murder of his cousin, though there are even larger shocks on the horizon. The character of Joe DeMarco, as seasoned readers know, has both grit and determination, as well as charm with a rough exterior that usually gets him the results he seeks....but it is the character of Ella Fields that steal the li What began as a political thriller turned more into something criminal and legal in nature... but it only helped to enhance the plot and the story. Joe DeMarco is forced to come to terms with the murder of his cousin, though there are even larger shocks on the horizon. The character of Joe DeMarco, as seasoned readers know, has both grit and determination, as well as charm with a rough exterior that usually gets him the results he seeks....but it is the character of Ella Fields that steal the limelight in this novel. Overall it’s a fun ride full of action and suspense with a solid twist towards the end that most of us won’t see coming.
    more
  • Catherine
    January 1, 1970
    This was the first book I have read by Mike Lawson though it’s the twelfth book in what is clearly a very successful series.I loved this fast-paced entertaining thriller. It was such an easy read, with lots of twists and turns which had me hooked from beginning to end. Set in the world of politics and fixers, it was an ingenious story detailing the lengths the extremely rich and corrupt will take to protect their own and to avoid them being held accountable for their crimes.I look forward to goi This was the first book I have read by Mike Lawson though it’s the twelfth book in what is clearly a very successful series.I loved this fast-paced entertaining thriller. It was such an easy read, with lots of twists and turns which had me hooked from beginning to end. Set in the world of politics and fixers, it was an ingenious story detailing the lengths the extremely rich and corrupt will take to protect their own and to avoid them being held accountable for their crimes.I look forward to going back and reading the preceding novels in the series.
    more
  • BeverleyR
    January 1, 1970
    If like me you love crime and law stories then this one is a must read. The murder of a stranger by a rich man's son leaves the victims mother desperate for justice for her son or past secrets will be exposed. The offenders family however will use whatever means possible to ensure their son is not found guilty. A story so well written with such a clever storyline it had me gripped throughout. Will justice be served or will the manipulating of the system by a scheming woman being paid $ millions If like me you love crime and law stories then this one is a must read. The murder of a stranger by a rich man's son leaves the victims mother desperate for justice for her son or past secrets will be exposed. The offenders family however will use whatever means possible to ensure their son is not found guilty. A story so well written with such a clever storyline it had me gripped throughout. Will justice be served or will the manipulating of the system by a scheming woman being paid $ millions see the killer walk free? Only one way to find out!
    more
  • Denise Dougherty
    January 1, 1970
    I really like the Joe DeMarco books. Wish I could find (in my Library) the other books Mike Lawson wrote.This was a very interesting story line - even for Lawson - and one which kept my interest without faultering. He is clever without being ostentatious about it. The characters are (as always) realistic and relatable. Joe's creativity is put to the test and seems he's found his nemesis.Hurry up, Mike, and get cracking on #13. Go on [email protected]
    more
  • Zanyar
    January 1, 1970
    Intense and fast-paced this book will keep you on your toes waiting what's going to happen next. I couldn't sleep and started reading it about 1 a.m and couldn't stop myself until I finished the book at 10 a.m. I really liked the author's writing and was into the story from the beginning. This was my first book by Mike Witness but I will read the other books in the series. I would definitely recommend it.
    more
  • Gloria
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher and netgalley for an eARC of this book.Hard to believe that I have missed out on 11 Joe DeMarco books. This is the first I have read and even jumping in at this late date, I didn't feel that I had missed a thing. I did not want to put the book down. The characters were interesting and the plot was imaginative and twisty. Highly recommend.
    more
  • David C Ward
    January 1, 1970
    A good series and this one is a cut above the others, possibly because it gets away from the usual Washington political angles which can get cliched. A very ingenious plot, with dual perspectives, about fixing trials by fixing the witnesses. The bad girl is a sociopath but is curiously appealing - which I guess is the point of being a sociopath. It's not giving anything away to say that we'll probably be seeing her again.
    more
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this 12th book in this series. Joe DeMarco is the investigator. He is looking at why key witnesses change their testimony. But then a number of cases are found. The common factor is the ability to pay many millions to make witnesses disappear! A very satisfying read. I will enjoy exploring more in this series.
    more
  • Kaye
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a good read! I've never encountered the author before, so the e-book from NetGalley was a welcome introduction to Mike Lawson and his character, Joe DeMarco. I see this is the 12th in a series, and I plan to read them all. If the others have this book's ingenious plotting, quick and natural dialogue, and memorable characters, I'm in for a treat!
    more
  • Joe O'Connor
    January 1, 1970
    Outstanding; Continuing character: Joe DeMarco; when DeMarco's cousin (who also is Mahoney's illegitimate son) is murdered in a bar, DeMarco is sent to New York to make sure the perpetrator is dealt with by the legal system; however, when the case starts to fall apart because witnesses are disappearing or changing their stories the DA enlists DeMarco to track down what is really going on
    more
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book, I liked the premise of the book and the characters. I particularly liked the little hints as the how the story would pan out and I also liked how it kept you guessing as to how it would all turn out. Despite the actions of Ella, I couldn't help rooting for her!! I will definitely be looking up other titles by this author.
    more
  • Crystal Wrongerahippie
    January 1, 1970
    I was thoroughly impressed with this book. By the time chapter two came, I was completely into it and ready to see what happens. It wrapped up nicely at the end. The characters were great and you really can connect within. Totally enjoyed it.
Write a review