House Witness

House Witness

A Joe DeMarco Thriller

Book - 2018
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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.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2018
Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition
ISBN: 9780802126665
Branch Call Number: LAWSON
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 10, 2018

Mike Lawson has delivered another great story in HOUSE WITNESS with his long-time star player, Joe DeMarco. This time Joe is given a very personal assignment by his boss Congressman John Mahoney; to make sure that the killer of his only son, born from a long ago affair, is brought to justice. Enter a two-person team who specialize in getting people who come from great wealth off after they have clearly committed a very bad deed. These are not lawyers (although they work with some sleazy ones who are), they are very, very clever people who find ways to alter the outcome of a trial - for a huge payoff when they succeed. What is unique to this story is that we only see DeMarco two times, and then very briefly, in the first roughly 150 pages (not quite half the book). That part is learning all about the bad guys, and how they are so successful doing what they do. This is a really fun story to read and a very clever plot line. Enjoy.


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