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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (341 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mike Lawson Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The DeMarco Series Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9781504655941
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In House Rules, two foiled terrorist attacks and a law targeting Muslim Americans send Joe DeMarco on a dangerous mission among mobsters, meth dealers, and the Washington political elite.

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 extensive background checks on all Muslims and deport any who aren’t citizens, his bill gains surprising traction. John Mahoney, the larger-than-life Speaker of the House, is not pleased. But Mahoney has a connection to one of the attackers, one he wants kept a secret. So he calls DeMarco, who attempts to get to the bottom of the attacks and to pacify his difficult yet charismatic boss in this riveting installment in the series.

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Quotes & Awards

  • House Rules has it all: a lightning-paced plot, a quirky cast of players, and best of all, one of the most engaging heroes I’ve ever encountered. In Joe DeMarco, Lawson has created a charmingly likeable character whom I’ll happily follow for many books to come.”

    Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Full of insider information, this novel reinforces Lawson’s place in the upper rank of Washington thriller specialists.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Lawson fleshes out his characters while developing a plausible and increasingly tense plot. Just enough uncertainty in the satisfying conclusion hints that another series entry is likely. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “A pleasantly relaxed thriller well suited to leftish political junkies.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “I was absolutely delighted to discover Mike Lawson. This smart political thriller offers readers both a wild ride and thought-provoking issues. In many ways, House Rules reminded me of the novels of the late Ross Thomas; this, from me, is high praise, indeed.”

    Nancy Pearl, award-winning author of Book Lust

  • “Mike Lawson’s The Inside Ring is one of the most assured first novels I’ve ever read. His next one, The Second Perimeter, continued in the voice of a master storyteller. His third, House Rules is, in my opinion, a knockout. Relaxed, slightly droll, yet in total command of a complicated plot, you have to believe this guy has been telling tales for a lot of years, but just recently started writing them down.”

    Bill Farley, Seattle Mystery Bookshop

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/19/2014

    " I threw this one in as a filler. I have not read any others in the series, but was entertained by this. It's sort of a Sue Grafton/Kinsey Millhone but with a slightly political flair. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Lang | 2/3/2014

    " 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 Sandy | 1/27/2014

    " The third book in the series uses the same main character but different circumstances. Really enjoying these books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 1/24/2014

    " Good new author - will look to get other Mike Lawson books to read. Not masterpieces, but entertaining book. Joe DeMarco an under estimated, guy who does not want the spot light. This book they uncovered a deliberate set up of middle eastern terrorists acts - is the US under attack or is it being set up to look like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly Ryan | 1/21/2014

    " I'm probably being a little generous with the stars, but it was pretty good and it was only .99 cents. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay Johnson | 1/19/2014

    " This first in the series features Joe DeMarco, a Mr. Fix-it for the Speaker of the House. After a rapid-fire series of apparent terrorist attacks, the Speaker tasks Joe with finding the sponsor of the attacks. The resulting search involves many twisty turns and rotten characters. Mostly well-written, I enjoyed this one and look forward to the next in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry Rogers | 1/17/2014

    " Joe DeMarco, trouble-shooter for the Speaker of the House (sort of a Tip O,Neill figure named Mahoney) gets another lousy assignment, but pulls it off. (There's not much reward, save his G-15 murky job.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Davies | 1/13/2014

    " Brilliant book thoroughly enjoyed it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Icicle4 | 1/12/2014

    " New author. This one wasn't bad - kept expecting it go get better though. Never turned into the page turner I was hoping it might be. It was about home grown terrorism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 12/25/2013

    " An enjoyable audio thriller. I really like the characters in this series (especially House Speaker John Mahoney) and the plot seemed fairly plausible for this type of book. Listened to the audio version read by Joe Barrett. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 12/17/2013

    " Great political thriller..Demarko is in 3 of his latest books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 12/16/2013

    " Good mystery regarding the government and terrorists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 12/6/2013

    " A very good political thriller. Twists and turns within twists and turns. The story is plucked from the headlines of terrorist attacks. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monde | 12/3/2013

    " Starts okay but is very anticlimactic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 11/13/2013

    " I have found a great and for me a new mystery writer. Plus, he writes about D.C. which I love and politics which is always interesting to me. The characters are well drawn and the action moves quickly. For me, a great read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carly | 5/27/2013

    " I didn't even finish this... didn't even get a quarter of the way through. Loved the first two but this one just couldn't grab my interest at all. Very disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 5/13/2013

    " It takes three quarters of the story before it gains some valid traction after the murders and mayhem. By far the best part of this novel is the last quarter of it. 6 of 10 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 HBalikov | 5/12/2013

    " Another page turner as Joe DeMarco peels away the layers of apparent terrorist attacks and renews his "relationship" with his cousin who was responsible for Joe's ex-wife's departure. Legislative agenda drive this tense countdown. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 4/1/2013

    " Mike Lawson weaved another intricate, thrilling tale with precise character development! I love the Joe DeMarco series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Giovagnoni | 1/22/2013

    " A quick and entertaining plot with likeable but offbeat characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peg | 12/17/2012

    " Got this as a freebie on Amazon's Kindle and it was really good. I went back and read the first in the series and will read the second soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 11/10/2012

    " Well, I love the character Joe DeMarco. The book is well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nannie Bittinger | 11/17/2011

    " Pleasantly surprised at this book. Got it by mistake as I was intending to read House Rules by Jody Picoult. I enjoyed the snide and often humorous remarks by the characters and the plot was timely and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 9/9/2011

    " I love Mike Lawson's stories. However, this book was full of so many different plot lines that all entangled that I had trouble following them all. I can usually read Lawson books in 2-3 days but this book took me 2 weeks because I had to re-read several chapters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy Piper | 8/2/2011

    " This has lots of good movie-making possibilities -- suspense, action, drama -- I got caught up in the action for awhile, but then I got bored and had trouble forcing myself to get back to it. And that's all I have to say. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis Willingham | 4/20/2011

    " Good mystery, but more far-fetched than the other DeMarco stories. Still, enjoyable and another great quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 10/29/2010

    " From the blurb on the back of the book, this sounded like quite a good thriller. However, having now read it I'd have to say it swiftly turned into another average thriller with political leanings. Its not bad, but not as great as I was hoping for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn (in SC) C234D | 10/11/2010

    " This is a favorite series. I hadn't read one in a while, and found that I missed Joe DeMarco. I now have more on hand to read and enjoy. He is just a very appealing character, not a super-hero, but smart and able to think on his feet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 9/27/2010

    " Great political thriller..Demarko is in 3 of his latest books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 HBalikov | 8/15/2010

    " Another page turner as Joe DeMarco peels away the layers of apparent terrorist attacks and renews his "relationship" with his cousin who was responsible for Joe's ex-wife's departure. Legislative agenda drive this tense countdown. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 4/28/2010

    " Brilliant book thoroughly enjoyed it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 12/21/2009

    " Good mystery, but more far-fetched than the other DeMarco stories. Still, enjoyable and another great quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 11/12/2009

    " I have found a great and for me a new mystery writer. Plus, he writes about D.C. which I love and politics which is always interesting to me. The characters are well drawn and the action moves quickly. For me, a great read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carly | 3/20/2009

    " I didn't even finish this... didn't even get a quarter of the way through. Loved the first two but this one just couldn't grab my interest at all. Very disappointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monde | 11/11/2008

    " Starts okay but is very anticlimactic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 9/27/2008

    " From the blurb on the back of the book, this sounded like quite a good thriller. However, having now read it I'd have to say it swiftly turned into another average thriller with political leanings. Its not bad, but not as great as I was hoping for.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 7/28/2008

    " Good mystery regarding the government and terrorists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Icicle4 | 7/11/2008

    " New author. This one wasn't bad - kept expecting it go get better though. Never turned into the page turner I was hoping it might be. It was about home grown terrorism. "

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About the Author
Author Mike Lawson

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 has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials. He has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. He has narrated books by such authors as Trevanian, Brian Freeman, Don Winslow, and James W. Huston.