House Privilege: A Joe DeMarco Thriller
DescriptionIn House Privilege, the fourteenth novel in the Joe DeMarco series, Mike Lawson sends his likeable protagonist to Boston, into the world of hedge funds and trust funds.
When Congressman and DeMarco's long-time employer John Mahoney gains custody of his 15-year old goddaughter, Cassie Russell, he sends DeMarco to evaluate the situation. Cassie's parents have just perished in a plane crash that Cassie survived, and she has now inherited her father's billions. DeMarco plans to advise Mahoney to leave Erin Kelly, manager of the Russell's fund, in charge of Cassie's finances, but he soon learns that Erin may not be as trustworthy as she first appeared.
DeMarco's digging alarms Erin, who has much to hide, and sets in motion a series of increasingly drastic plans that Erin has devised to protect herself and her wealth. But Cassie has touched DeMarco's heart of gold, and he won't let anyone get away with hurting her. A competition in plotting and out-plotting, this latest installment in the series ventures off the grid and outside the reach of extradition treaties for an exhilarating read.
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"Another first-rate novel from Lawson, the thirteenth in his celebrated Joe DeMarco series (following House Witness, 2018), with a clever cliff-hanger ending that will both delight and concern his legion of fans."--Booklist (starred review), on House Arrest
"Lawson's matter-of-fact tone, walking a fine line between satire and reportage, propels his tale forward...And his final sequence, both blackly comic and ineffably sad, provides the perfect conclusion."--Kirkus Reviews, on House Arrest
"Lawson [is] a reliably excellent writer . . . As always, Lawson's plotting is ingenious and his characters memorable."--Seattle Times, on House Rivals
"What a pleasure to read a book by a writer who gets everything right--the engaging protagonist, the fluid and often funny dialogue, the quick-paced and believable plot . . . Grade: A."--Cleveland Plain Dealer, on House Odds
"Mike Lawson . . . should be a fixture on the bestseller lists, if not a household name . . . Lawson has a deceptively smooth, low-key style that is perfect for the stories he tells . . . Mike Lawson is the only writer I know who comes close to matching the stories of the great Ross Thomas, the finest thriller writer to ever roll a blank page into an Underwood."--Strand Magazine, on House Reckoning
"A what-happens-next, edge-of-your-seat thriller, told with the author's clear prose and storytelling skills . . . [Lawson's] consistent excellence needs to be more universally acknowledged."--Deadly Pleasures, on House Blood
"If you've been reading and enjoying Block, Crais, Child, Pelecanos, Winslow, et al, you should also be reading Mike Lawson . . . Mike Lawson is a very fine writer. His plots are devious and intriguing, and his characters are well developed."--JB Dickey, Seattle Mystery Bookshop, on House Odds
"A great novel from a great author! . . . Equal parts funny, clever and cool, this book will make your heart race and your mind ponder."--Lisa Gardner, on House Divided
"A compelling story of vengeance. Lawson is a gifted master."--Rick Mofina, on House Reckoning