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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (232 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: 9781504655958
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Mike Lawson’s previous novels starring Joe DeMarco, fixer for the Speaker of the House, have earned him a loyal following from thriller aficionados and a place among the most talented and captivating thriller writers focusing on the dangerous games of our nation’s capital.

In House Secrets, 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 shoo-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?

Dirty secrets, beltway politics, and divided loyalties threaten as DeMarco’s investigation spirals dangerously out of control. Filled with surprising twists, a captivating plot, and excellent characters both old and new, House Secrets is Lawson’s best book yet.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In Lawson’s excellent fourth Washington thriller to feature Joe DeMarco…the action builds to a stunning final twist.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Lawson’s latest Joe DeMarco thriller proves to be his best yet…Intriguing, multidimensional characters balanced between good and evil combine with an involving plot and plenty of behind-the-scenes political machinations. It all adds up to one of the best thrillers of the year.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Audie Award nominee Joe Barrett…has a great, gravelly voice with an ability to make each character come alive as a real person. DeMarco fans will recognize characters from earlier books in the series, but this will not affect the experience for new readers/listeners. Surprises abound, and there is never a dull moment in this suspenseful plot.”

    SoundCommentary.com

  • A 2010 Barry Award Nominee for Best Thriller
  • An Indie Next Notable Title, August 2009

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Lang | 2/20/2014

    " 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 Shu | 1/10/2014

    " This book reminds me of David Baldacci's Camel Club books. If you like CIA, government corruption, etc., then this is a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis Willingham | 12/16/2013

    " Political/detective story where the fixer is the good guy. Good mystery, good quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Dee | 10/19/2013

    " Another hit series with the mystery book club. Emma his sidekick is as engaging as ever. Good political thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 10/15/2013

    " Our hero is a lawyer/investigator who works for the U.S. Speaker of the House. He suspects a senator who is the leading democratic candidate for the office of president is guilty of rape and murder. This is the story of his investigation. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matt | 10/12/2013

    " Sucked. Quit reading half way thru. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 10/3/2013

    " Another highly entertaining political thriller featuring my favorite regular guy character Joe DeMarco. While the plot did go a bit over the top the writing and the characters were top notch and the narration by Joe Barrett was much improved from the previous book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 9/29/2013

    " The story was pretty good with an evil politician as the villain. The hero investigator was practical and driven to do the right thing. The ending dragged on a bit and the killing of the villain was over the top. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 9/9/2013

    " generic "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 4/10/2013

    " An escapist read of former spies and morally bankrupt politicians behaving badly. Joe is a bit hapless and I'd like to see his character develop a bit more (we're in the fourth book already) and the plot is a bit obvious, but escapist doesn't have to be perfect on the page. Love the Emma character! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 2/17/2013

    " Not sure why, but this one was better than the prior three. Maybe because DeMarco had so little help or because the reader was exposed to he nuances of his character and The Speaker in this one. I'm gonna read all of th as soon as they are in paperback. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 2/12/2013

    " This series appeals to me; easy, entertaining read, characters that grow on you. Mike Lawson does a good job! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/18/2012

    " Loved the ending. Great political thriller. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shona Thomson | 3/28/2012

    " The cover blurb said if the reader liked Lee Child, we would like this. I don't agree, it's not a patch on the Jack Reacher books, but then, not many books of this thriller genre are. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 2/10/2012

    " A great read! I was familiar with the main characters from Lawson's previous novel, and this story didn't disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Giovagnoni | 7/26/2011

    " A great airplane or snowy day book. Its even worth skipping television for a few evenings. A quick read and enjoyable story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 6/12/2011

    " Liked this one also.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corky | 4/1/2011

    " This is an excellant thriller with great pacing. Who better than Joe DeMarco and Emma to right things in Washington DC? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnn/QuAppelle | 3/26/2011

    " Another good thriller from Mike Lawson. And a WOW of an ending. Very cleverly done...every time I thought it was over, something new happened. "

  • 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.
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  • 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.