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Author: Mike Lawson Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The DeMarco Series Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781483061276
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With his series of thrillers starring congressional fixer Joe DeMarco, Mike Lawson has earned a reputation as a master of political intrigue and one of the best writers focusing on the behind-the-scenes action of our nation’s capital. 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: his boss is no longer Speaker, his girlfriend has left him, and his friend Emma may be dying. DeMarco doesn’t expect to free the lobbyist—much less become the target of two of the most callous killers he and Emma have ever encountered.

The seventh book in this celebrated series is a rollicking ride to Uganda, Peru, and beyond. Lawson expertly commands Washington politics, mercenaries, and the pharmaceutical industry for a juicy story full of lifelike characters and thrilling action.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A what-happens-next, edge-of-your-seat thriller, told with the author’s clear prose and storytelling skills. I know that Mike Lawson has methodically grown a loyal base of fans, but I think that his consistent excellence needs to be more universally acknowledged. This is a very ambitious book, and I’m hopeful it will be the one that propels him into bestsellerdom. He certainly deserves it, and his publisher does as well.”

    Deadly Pleasures

  • “While Lawson provides a vivid picture of what it takes to get a drug approved and how high the stakes can be both politically and financially, the book’s main appeal is everyman DeMarco, who’d rather watch college basketball on TV than work. As ever, he’s good at tracking the bad guys—and it’s fun to watch him at it.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The plot and pace are relentless, and the milieus of Congress, DC, and disaster relief seem knowingly presented. But character creation is Lawson’s greatest talent, and Fiona, her supersoldiers, and of course, the ever-cranky cynic, DeMarco, will rivet readers’ attention. A host of lesser characters are nearly as engaging. House Blood is so good it will move long-time political-thriller readers to recall the memorable characters and style of the late, great Ross Thomas.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “[A] page-turner brimming with authentic Washington, DC, detail and distinctive, engaging characters. Even the bad guys are interesting.”

    Library Journal

  • A 2013 Barry Award Nominee for Best Thriller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 12/23/2013

    " Not my normal choice for a read- but this book delivered. Fast moving plot that kept you hooked until the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 12/2/2013

    " One of the reviews on the back of this book compares Mike to the late great Ross Thomas. Boy, I had to think about that comparison and found that I agreed with it. If you have read the series you do need to start with the 1st. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Florence | 10/11/2013

    " Once again Joe DeMarco is called upon to help Mallory. A lobbyist is accused of murder. While investigating this Joe becomes involved in efforts to get a new drug approved by unethical means. Murder is one way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 10/7/2013

    " have read him before and like him, his joe demarco character reminds me of jack reacher in lee child's books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 8/17/2013

    " I've read all seven of the books in this series and have enjoyed all of them. The author has another book due out next spring but, on his website has hinted that it may be the last. I hope that this is not so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 7/4/2013

    " Likable characters and gripping plots make Lawson's DeMarco series a fun read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 5/26/2013

    " Mike Lawson makes a near-Shakespearean tragedy out of modern politics and greed. This book doesn't have a clean ending like other detective books and that's one of its strengths. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Versel | 4/3/2013

    " My least favorite of the series so far--the book is okay but there is too little of the recurring characters (DeMarco, his boss, Emma, etc.) and those characters are the reason I love the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxanne | 11/1/2012

    " It was okay. Sort of a new subject matter which made it a bit more interesting. Pretty good page turner. "

About the Author

Mike Lawson, a former senior civilian executive for the US Navy, is the author of numerous novels starring Joe DeMarco. His first book, The Inside Ring, was rated by the Seattle Times as one of the top ten thrillers of 2005 and was a finalist for the Barry Award for Best Thriller. House Secrets was selected as one of the best thrillers of 2009 by Library Journal, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine.

About the Narrator

Joe Barrett, an actor and Audie Award and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials.