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This novel in Mike Lawson's critically acclaimed series takes political fixer Joe DeMarco to New York for behind-the-scenes work on a high-stakes murder case as the witnesses start to decamp one by one.

In House Witness, the expertly plotted 12th novel in this critically acclaimed series, Mike Lawson puts his likable protagonist on the trail of a different kind of fixer - one whose job is to inject reasonable doubt into seemingly air-tight criminal cases. 

Minority Leader of the House and Joe 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 his native New York to provide prosecutor Justine Porter with any assistance necessary, but with five bystanders willing to testify against 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. Could someone be helping to get 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 Joe DeMarco's most unexpected adventure yet.

©2018 Mike Lawson (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Another Joe DeMarco winner...

I've been a huge fan of Joe DeMarco ever since I picked up the first book in the series (The Inside Ring). DeMarco is such a colorful character and with Joe Barrett narrating, I know before I even turn the book on that that I'm in for a few happy hours of listening time!
In this book a wealthy young legal associate working at his father's law firm shoots a man in a bar. The victim was John Mahoney's illegitimate son. There are five witnesses and there is no question as to whether this is the shooter. Then the witnesses begin to disappear. The ADA hears about other cases around the country , all slam dunk and all the witnesses either disappeared or changed their testimony. Is there a fixer?
I enjoy Mike Lawson's writing style. Listening to this book is like watching an elaborate domino set up fall. First you get the crime. Then you get to go back and hear the stories leading up to the crime until they all converge for the finale.
Excellent book, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Entertaining

Enjoyable - no gratuitous sex or violence, political spin, moral but flawed characters. Legal drama. Fun listen.

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finished it fast! couldn't stop listening

This is another great DeMarco story. really enjoyed it. Am hoping DeMarco learns the truth about Mahoney on the next book. also like that it looks like Ella will be back. she is a worthy opponent

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Ch 19 Joe Goes To Work

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

This series is supposed to be humorous, and it is not exactly dark humor, but pretty close for me. I found out the reviewer I follow, Wayne, likes dark mysteries so now I have to beware.
This is a he said, she said type of story, and author has some humorous lines, but over all I personally failed to see the humor in all the injustice the story offered.

If you’ve listened to books by Mike Lawson before, how does this one compare?

I tried House Justice, as I liked the outline, and couldn't wait to hear the story, but the injustice in that story made me so mad that I felt compelled to try at least 1 more story before giving up on this author. The publishers' summery for this book is the only part that I liked.
This story failed to hold my interest, and it was too slow for me. Our hero Joe, starts to work on chapter 19 so the previous chapters were filled with the back story of the characters involved.
Reviewer, Shelly, is nuts about this author so I gave him 2 chances.

What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

Mr Barrett does such a wonderful job on the Brian Haig books, Sean Drummond series that I have tried to find other series he reads as well.
I have tried 3 different author's Mr Barrett reads, and so far for me, his best are B. Haig's books as those are so well written. Not to be missed.
I do use the 1.25x speed to match the author's intent.

Was House Witness worth the listening time?

No, this author is not for me. Of the 2 books I have, the author seems to focus on plenty of injustice as the theme.
Stopping at ch 28 as I just can not give it any more time.
If you love Elmore Leonard's style, and his type of humor, then this author is for you.
(I loved Get Shorty, the film)