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House Odds

A Joe DeMarco Thriller, Book 8
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Series: The Joe DeMarco Series, Book 8
Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
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Washington fixer Joe DeMarco has been asked to handle a lot of difficult situations over the years for his boss, Congressman John Mahoney. But nothing has ever been quite so politically sensitive, or has hit so close to home, as the task Mahoney hands DeMarco in House Odds, the latest novel from critically acclaimed thriller writer Mike Lawson.

Mahoney’s daughter, Molly, has been arrested and charged with insider trading. An engineer with a high-flying technology firm, she allegedly placed a half-million-dollar bet on one of the firm’s clients. DeMarco’s job is to clear Molly’s name and keep his boss clean. But how did Molly get her hands on so much money to invest in the first place? Before long, DeMarco discovers that there’s far more to Molly’s case than meets the eye, and the risk to Mahoney is more than just a little political embarrassment. Featuring an extensive cast of mobsters and politicians, House Odds is a gripping tale of high-stakes scheming from one of today’s best political thriller writers.

©2013 Mike Lawson (P)2013 Blackstone Audio

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DeMarco and Friends Continue to Evolve

In a time when many traditional mystery and suspense protagonists are running out of steam, author Mike Lawson continues to keep Joe DeMarco and his supporting cast fresh. Unlike the superman-like protagonists in other series, the self-deprecating and often vulnerable Joe DeMarco gives readers believable doses of bravery and good judgement. Supporting characters like former Speaker Mahoney, retired spook Emma and others continue to surprise with additional character complexities.

Even more important, Lawson know how to "spin a good yarn". House Odds has a really good plot with twists and turns that will keep you interested until the end. Also important in any good audiobook, Joe Barrett delivers a really solid performance.

If you like the political thriller genre, don't miss the chance to give this audiobook "a listen".

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Joe Barrett is the perfect narrator for this series. These books are fun to listen to, have some interesting plot twists, and are perfect for making long drives more enjoyable. For what they are intended to be, they are very good.

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I thought I loved book 9, but this book has turned out to be right next to book 9 in terms of getting stars. The publishers summery is spot on so no need to add to it.
Book 4 is next as I work my way back to book 3,7, and finally 10. Not sure why book 6 has only one review!!! When only a single negative review, it makes me wonder why all the good reviewers did not comment?
I purchased this book and am now working my way through this series as I ran out of author Brian Haig Sean Drummond books narrated by Joe Barrett. Since I want the best first, or rather the stories with the most humor first, this determines my out of order purchases. I started with book 5 as summery was great, but I failed to find the humor. Now after books 9, 8,4 I see where I failed to HEAR the humor as the mystery got in my way so to speak! I have to admit, if you read out of order like I do, then yes you may miss the great building blocks of this series.
I am a new devoted fan of narrator Joe Barrett, but so far author Brian Freeman stories have not compelled me to start a binge on his many series as they seem very dark. This series has sarcastic humor eg Elmore Leonard style.
I can see why reviewer Shelly loves any of the books which showcases the Emma character! Who would not want a dear friend like her. As a friend, she has your Six. The author has developed characters eg Emma on the job with her garden or Joe going to the dentist or dealing with a mouse that makes you want to buy and listen to the full series one after the other.
I do use the 1.25x speed for all mysteries to match the adventure. Give it a try.
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