Joe DeMarco

12 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,836 ratings

The Inside Ring Publisher's Summary

From a bluff overlooking Georgia's untamed Chattooga River, an assassin fires three shots. The President of the United States is wounded; his best friend and a Secret Service agent are killed. Two days later, a man in Landover, Maryland, commits suicide, and in the man's home is overwhelming evidence that he was responsible for the assassination attempt.

General Andy Banks, the Secretary of Homeland Security, is nursing a guilty conscience. Only days before the assassination attempt on the President, Banks had received a note with a dire warning: "Eagle One is in danger. Cancel Chattooga River. The inside ring has been compromised. This is not a joke." The message, on Secret Service stationery, was signed "An agent in the wrong place". Banks immediately passed the note on to Secret Service Director Patrick Donnelly, who proceeded to ignore it.

Even after the assassin is found dead, Banks is determined to dig a little deeper. He turns to Speaker of the House John Fitzgerald Mahoney. The Speaker has a guy, an under-the-radar, go-to guy he uses for things like this, things he can't afford to have connected to his office. The guy is Joe DeMarco, an honest lawyer with a sordid family history.

After one meeting with Banks, DeMarco realizes he's in way over his head. But Mahoney finds the prospect of taking down Donnelly irresistible and sets DeMarco on a trail that twists through the Secret Service, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security and snakes all the way back to one of the more enduring mysteries of the 20th century.

Brimming with suspense, authenticity, and wit, The Inside Ring marks the debut of a major new talent and introduces a cast of intriguing characters with many more cases ahead.

©2005 Michael Lawson (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Inside Ring

    • By: Michael Lawson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 378
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 168

    From a bluff overlooking Georgia's untamed Chattooga River, an assassin fires three shots. The President of the United States is wounded; his best friend and a Secret Service agent are killed. Two days later, a man in Landover, Maryland, commits suicide, and in the man's home is overwhelming evidence that he was responsible for the assassination attempt.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thrills & Chills

    • By Jonathan Hoffman on 09-24-06

    Regular price: $27.93

  • Book 2

    • The Second Perimeter

    • By: Mike Lawson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 336
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 141

    When the Secretary of the Navy's nephew says he believes that two colleagues at a U.S. naval base may be committing fraud, his uncle is skeptical. Reluctant to launch an official investigation based on a relative's vague suspicions, the secretary asks John Mahoney to send his troubleshooter, DeMarco, to check out the story. As DeMarco and his friend Emma, a retired CIA agent, began to investigate, they come to the terrifying realization that an espionage ring has infiltrated the naval base.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I want more

    • By Vincent on 08-28-06

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 3

    • House Rules

    • A Joe DeMarco Thriller
    • By: Mike Lawson
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103

    First there was the bomb meant for the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel; then a private plane headed straight for the White House is shot down. An atmosphere of fear and panic overruns the country, and when a senator proposes to run background checks on all Muslims and deport any who aren’t citizens, his bill gains surprising traction. John Mahoney, the Speaker of the House, is not pleased. But Mahoney has a connection to one of the attackers, one he wants kept a secret....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Terrorist's from US and non-US

    • By Pamela Dale Foster on 07-26-13

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 4

    • House Secrets

    • A Joe DeMarco Thriller
    • By: Mike Lawson
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93

    DeMarco is sent to investigate the death of a reporter, the son of one of his boss’ old colleagues, even though it appears to be nothing more than an unfortunate accident. He soon learns that the reporter was on the trail of Senator Paul Morelli, a rising star considered a shoe-in for his party’s presidential nomination. Some politicians are lucky, and Morelli has been luckier than most, but his past has already been thoroughly scrutinized and he looks clean. But then, why is DeMarco being followed by a pair of rogue agents who freelance for the CIA?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Ok but not riveting in any way

    • By Lisa on 10-08-17

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 5

    • House Justice

    • A Joe DeMarco Thriller
    • By: Mike Lawson
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 197
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fast-paced adventure with rich characters

    • By Robert on 06-13-10

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 6

    • House Divided

    • A Joe DeMarco Thriller
    • By: Mike Lawson
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 107
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 87

    When the National Security Agency is caught wiretapping US citizens without the proper warrants, a political scandal erupts, and the secret program comes to a screeching halt. But Dillon Crane, the NSA genius who spearheaded the most sophisticated eavesdropping operation in history, isn’t about to sit idly by while spineless politicians sleepwalk the country into another 9/11—and Crane cleverly moves his illegal eavesdropping program into the shadows.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Tried to read but unable to finish

    • By Marianne on 05-19-15

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 7

    • House Blood

    • A Joe DeMarco Thriller, Book 7
    • By: Mike Lawson
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96

    In House Blood, Lawson introduces us to Orson Mulray, CEO of Mulray Pharma, a cold and calculating man obsessed with profit and prestige. Mulray believes he has discovered a drug that could prevent a previously incurable disease. It could be the salvation of millions of people and earn him billions of dollars. But the drug needs to be tested on human subjects, and Mulray needs more than blood samples - he needs autopsy results. When DeMarco is asked to look into the murder conviction of a lobbyist, he has other worries on his mind....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Finally - A book I can write a positive review for

    • By John on 09-14-14
    • A Joe DeMarco Thriller, Book 7
    • By: Mike Lawson
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
    • Release date: 11-15-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 109 ratings

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  • Book 8

    • House Odds

    • A Joe DeMarco Thriller, Book 8
    • By: Mike Lawson
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • DeMarco and Friends Continue to Evolve

    • By Robert on 07-16-13
    • A Joe DeMarco Thriller, Book 8
    • By: Mike Lawson
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
    • Release date: 07-02-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 101 ratings

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 9

    • House Reckoning

    • A Joe DeMarco Thriller, Book 9
    • By: Mike Lawson
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88

    Joe DeMarco always knew that his father, Gino, had a shady job for a local mafioso, but he didn't understand that Gino had been a hit man until he was murdered. Now, nearly 20 years later, one of Gino's former mob associates is dying of lung cancer, and he wants to get something off his chest before retiring to his grave: the truth about Gino's killer. The shocking information, and the powerful position the killer now occupies, sends DeMarco on a mission of revenge with terrible consequences.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • New Mike Lawson/Joe DeMarco Fan

    • By shelley on 12-23-14

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  • Book 10

    • House Rivals: A Joe DeMarco Thriller

    • The DeMarco Series, Book 10
    • By: Mike Lawson
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86

    As a fixer for influential congressman John Mahoney in Washington, DC, Joe DeMarco has found himself in plenty of unexpected and dangerous situations. In House Rivals, DeMarco is taken further out of his element than ever before, sent to North Dakota to protect a passionate but naïve 22-year-old blogger who has put herself in harm's way.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Suspense Murder & Humor - That's Joe DeMarco!

    • By shelley on 07-14-15

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 11

    • House Revenge

    • A Joe DeMarco Thriller, Book 11
    • By: Mike Lawson
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89

    In House Revenge, congressional fixer Joe DeMarco is dispatched to Congressman John Mahoney's hometown of Boston. Mahoney wants him to help Elinore Dobbs, an elderly woman fighting against a real estate developer intent on tearing down her apartment building for a massive new development. Mahoney is in it just for the free press until Sean Callahan, the developer, disrespects him, and Elinore suffers a horrible "accident", likely at the hands of two thugs on Callahan's payroll.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best of the series so far

    • By John on 08-26-16

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 12

    • House Witness

    • A Joe DeMarco Thriller, Book 12
    • By: Mike Lawson
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Joe DeMarco winner...

    • By shelley on 02-06-18

    Regular price: $24.47