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Publisher's Summary

When an American defense contractor goes to Iran to sell missile technology, the CIA knows all about it, thanks to a spy in Tehran. But when the story is leaked to an ambitious journalist, the spy is burned, brutally tortured, and executed. The director of the CIA isn’t about to let the callous sacrifice of his valuable spy go unpunished.

Joe DeMarco’s boss, Speaker of the House John Fitzpatrick Mahoney, has his own reasons to get to the bottom of the leak. He once had a fling with the journalist, and now that she’s in jail for refusing to reveal her source, she is threatening to tell all unless he helps get her out.

DeMarco and the CIA aren’t the only ones looking for the source of the leak, either. Someone else wants to avenge the spy’s death, and is tailing DeMarco, hoping he’ll lead him to his prey.

This latest Joe DeMarco thriller is classic Mike Lawson, featuring fascinating characters, inside-the-beltway intrigue, and a gripping plot packed with surprises.

©2010 Mike Lawson (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Engaging….The always present push and pull between the political machinations of alcoholic, egotistical Mahoney and DeMarco’s basic decency raises the ethical stakes.” ( Publishers Weekly)
“Lawson has honed his skill to write a perfect political thriller—fast-moving, cynical, but ultimately moral.” ( Library Journal)

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  • Robert
  • Spring, TX, USA
  • 06-13-10

Fast-paced adventure with rich characters

Mike Lawson's House Justice is tag-lined as a Joe DeMarco Thriller. The tag line states the truth - it is a thriller. Lawson, a much under-appreciated writer, has developed Joe DeMarco as a solid action protagonist. He surrounds DeMarco with a variety of interesting collaborators. From DeMarco's boss, Speaker-of-the-House John Fitzpatrick Mahoney, to old and new colleagues, Lawson's rich characters stabilize the achilles heel of most action-adventure novels - plots that tend to stretch the believable. Because DeMarco's allies are sometimes reluctant, they're more fun. The villains, particularly in House Justice, are both numerous and not too obvious. As for plot predictability, be prepared for an interesting conclusion.

The audiobook performer, Joe Barrett did a very solid job. Though I wasn't particularly thrilled with the voice he gave DeMarco (a minor nit-pick), Barrett delivered an excellent range of voices, including the necessary subtleties for age and gender differences. Barrett is the 2nd reader (Scott Brick) in 3 audiobooks. For abridged versions, there were two more. For continuities sake, I hope the author can stabilize his reader choices. In addition, Audible skipped two very good books, House Rules and House Secrets.

If you want a fast-paced, fun experience, filled with interesting characters and plot twists, this - and other Mike Lawson books - will not disappoint.

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Great Book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes this is the fifth Mike Lawson book I have listened to. The first four were very exciting as was this one. I found this one a little hard to follow because of all the characters but still it was a great listening adventure. I will listen to the whole series (2 more to go).Joe Barrett does an excellent job reading them.I would recommend this book and the whole series to everyone and hope Mike Lawson continues with this series.

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  • George
  • LOS ALTOS, CA, United States
  • 07-11-13

A fun run through mayhem and murder

What did you love best about House Justice?

The narrator did a brilliant job of weaving the different elements the author brought to this tale. Compassion, humor, terror, cynicism, idealism - they all flow like someone who takes a bag full of such emotions and empties it out on the floor in the disorganized fashion we experience it in our lives - if without the beautiful women, people being murdered every 30 pages, senators and senior officials as common as our mailman . .

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

For the most part, but sometimes authors put too much emphasis on this. The clever interweaving of the different perspectives of the key characters keeps the story moving.

What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

The best!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Mike Lawson just keeps getting better!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! Mr. Lawson adds more depth to his characters with each book

What was one of the most memorable moments of House Justice?

The meeting in the Oval Office

Which scene was your favorite?

The final meeting between Mahoney and LaFontain

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A weeks' worth of entertainment in just one movie!

Any additional comments?

Having recently "discovered" Mr. Lawsons' books, I am listening my way through them in order and I have enjoyed each successive book more than the previous one, and I can't imagine anyone but Joe Barrett narrating the books.....he really brings the characters to life!

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Great Book-My first by this author!

Great book. Good plot, funny dialogue, mystery, decent amount of violence, however not messy. This is my first time reading this author. I think he has a very unique sense of humor, especially how he wraps it around the minor violence areas in the plot. After 92 books this year, I would definetly buy this one again. Also, I'm not on Audible's or the Publisher's payroll like that chick with the damn cat!

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  • Lisa
  • South River, NJ, United States
  • 07-29-10

He's Back!

It is great to see a new arrival from Mike Lawson on Audible. In this story, DeMarco is faced with a twisted conspiracy to sort out. The plot gets a little confusing at times, but the story is well written, the characters are multi dimensional and the ending is satisfying. The narrarator balances his voice between female, male, American and foreign accents. I enjoyed this listen and hope to see more by this author available soon!

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Remorseless and Cliched

Would you try another book from Mike Lawson and/or Joe Barrett?

This author, or at least this book is not for me.
Audio sample was so intriguing, I had to buy. However, must like Russian thug story to enjoy this one. There is some humor, but I completely missed it as the subject matter made me so angry! The author wrote this story based on naive and absurd greed, which I failed to realize early on, so shame on me, I lost out on the humor.

Would you recommend House Justice to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, if you want a sample of how evil Russian or Eastern European thugs can be. It made my skin crawl so much when injustice was showcased, that I missed the small nuances of humor. I needed to lighten!
This is a good book If you enjoyed Elmore Leonard’s Get Shorty, and can envision the humor author intended.

What does Joe Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I just finished the Sean Drummond series by Brian Haig. Wonderful humor and wit. Excellent execution from reader, Joe.
Hence I purchased this book as a top reviewer said great. It was NOT for me!
Reader has good voice range for all characters, but I am not sure if the cadence of this story was my issue. It would make a good film.

Do you think House Justice needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Since this is a series, I feel I should pick another story from this author as I like the Speaker of the House, John, character.
Frankly, from this book, I didn’t get the Joe character as the lead. He seemed to appear as just one of the many characters in this story.
I felt like I was hearing the story, not in it the story like Brian Haig’s series. It was unfair of me to listen to this series back to back with that one.
I’m going to try the story with SOH, John son or daughter to give this series a fair try.

Any additional comments?

I do use the 1.25x speed to match author intent.

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Another great story-

Thank you, Mike, for another well crafted story with interesting, well developed characters and creative humor. I have to say, I first decided to try your books after my third grandson was born - his name is Lawson Michael. I am so glad I listened to the first book in the series and now am working my way through. Joe Barrett's narration is perfect in my opinion. Thanks again.
Sara

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  • Karin
  • Missouri, United States
  • 09-17-12

Good action thriller

What did you like best about House Justice? What did you like least?

The story line was good, but I got a bit confused at times. I couldn't keep all the characters straight - that's one of my problems with intricate books on audiotape. One thread in the storyline, however, tended to be quite humorous - not funny-ha-ha, but the puzzlement of it was amusing. That helped break up the seriousness of the story.

What did you like best about this story?

It was all action and I tend to prefer a lot of action. And the cerebral mystery of it.

What didn’t you like about Joe Barrett’s performance?

I didn't care for this narrator. His voice was too gruff for my tastes, so that when he tried to voice a woman, it came out kind of weird. He would have been better off to just 'read' it.

Do you think House Justice needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No; it stands well enough alone.

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  • Tim
  • Poulsbo, WA, United States
  • 08-20-12

Revenge is sweet

Where does House Justice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I found this story to be nicely in place with many better than aveage thrillers. Probably not memorable but satisfying

What was one of the most memorable moments of House Justice?

The ruthless scenes of revenge along with the scenes depicting the ugly workings of our political system

Any additional comments?

the reader did a good job but did not nail a couple of the accents.. but in his defense there were quite a variety of international players