House Rules

House Rules Mike Lawson s Joe DeMarco thrillers have drawn praise for their fine tuned suspense off kilter characters intricate plots and revealing portrait of Washington DC behind closed doors In House Rules

  • Title: House Rules
  • Author: Mike Lawson
  • ISBN: 9780871139832
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mike Lawson s Joe DeMarco thrillers have drawn praise for their fine tuned suspense, off kilter characters, intricate plots, and revealing portrait of Washington, DC behind closed doors In House Rules , a terrorist bombing of the Balti Harbor Tunnel is narrowly avoided Then a private plane headed straight for the White House ignores warnings and is shot down An atmMike Lawson s Joe DeMarco thrillers have drawn praise for their fine tuned suspense, off kilter characters, intricate plots, and revealing portrait of Washington, DC behind closed doors.In House Rules , a terrorist bombing of the Balti Harbor Tunnel is narrowly avoided Then a private plane headed straight for the White House ignores warnings and is shot down An atmosphere of fear and panic overruns the country, and when the junior senator from Virginia proposes to deport all non citizen Muslims and run extensive background checks on all Muslim Americans, his bill gains surprising traction.Speaker of the House John Mahoney is not pleased He knows it is the kind of knee jerk response people will come to regret, like Japanese internment camps, and he needs to find a way to kill the bill before it exposes a secret he wants to keep So Mahoney calls his man DeMarco An average guy who struggles with debt, divorce, and an unreasonable boss, DeMarco is an unlikely hero, in over his head, relying on old friends as he attempts to get to the bottom of the attacks in this riveting read, full of suspense, fascinating characters, humor, and timely political intrigue.

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    About “Mike Lawson”

    1. Mike Lawson

      Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.Pen name M.A LawsonMichael Lawson was raised in Pueblo, Colorado and attended college at Seattle University, receiving a degree in engineering On leaving college he went to work for the US Navy as a nuclear engineer, spending approximately thirty years working for the Navy s nuclear power program Some of this time was spent in Washington D.C but most was spent at a large naval shipyard in Bremerton, Washington.At the shipyard he managed a number of different organizations related to overhauling nuclear powered submarines, cruisers, and aircraft carriers, ending up as a member of the government s Senior Executive ServiceTo date he has published 12 books starring Joe DeMarco, a fixer for a corrupt politician and three books in his Kay Hamilton series under the name of M A Lawson He has won the Friend of Mystery Award twice and is a five time nominee for the Barry Award.He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

    454 thoughts on “House Rules”

    1. Okay read.Bought this book because I like the author and cover got my attention. But it was hard to follow, had to go back couple of chapters and read it again. Plot is about what has been headlines these days; registering all the Muslim Americans. Senator is trying to pass this bill. And chemical or nuclear plants, how home grown terrorist can access them. From politicians to drug dealers all double crossing each other.


    2. Let’s say there’s someone in Israel you want to get rid of without any suspicion you might be behind it. What better way than to wait until your target is hanging out in a local bar, flip in a bomb, and then have anyone assume it was Hamas? Or perhaps you want to become president or obtain power What better way to accumulate money and power than to secretly orchestrate a series of Muslim terrorist attacks and then propose extraordinary methods to eliminate the “terrorist” threat? Contriv [...]


    3. I found this book entertaining and relevant especially given the political agenda in 2017 in the USA. The book delves into Islamophobia and a few other stereotypical norms that you would expect given the world views. No, this book doesn't go into philosophy or deals with truth versus fiction leaves that up to you.It is unfortunate that the end came as quick as it did without allowing the reader (me in this instance) time to absorb all that had happened and draw conclusions based on the informati [...]


    4. RATING: 4.25After the horrific events of 9/11, many Americans became very distrustful of people of different ethnicities. Several groups and politicians capitalized on these suspicions to further their own agendas. Among them is Senator William Broderick, who has authored an extreme anti-Muslim bill. Among its provisions is a plan to mass deport all non-citizen Muslims and a proposal that background checks be performed on all Muslim Americans. Supposedly, these background checks would reveal if [...]


    5. 3.5 stars out of 5 for another competent Joe DeMarco novel that I had been reading on and off for a couple of months and finished off last night (too hot to sleep!).


    6. 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.


    7. I liked it! I was worried that the novel would be overly political with a false-flag terrorism theme. But that was not the case. House Rules was reasonable and nuanced without taking partisan potshots and political screeds.I have not read the first two books in the series, but the story was easy to follow anyway. I liked the hero, DeMarco, and the concept of him working as a mafia-style fixer working for the Speaker of the House, who was a back-slapping, boozing, womanizing Tip O'Neill/Ted Kenne [...]


    8. Another great Lawson novel. As I read the series in order, I am learning much more about DeMarco andf his cohort. Although the series moves ahead without needing to read each book in order, it can sometimes help with character development.I found the premise of the book quite poignant; the desire to 'register' all Muslim Americans in order to sift through those who belong and those who are 'surely terroritst'. I am sure this will ring true and close to the heart for many Americans post-September [...]


    9. 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


    10. The 3rd in the series about Joe DeMarco. Really enjoying these books and it gives you a look behind the scenes about what might be taking place in the Congress/Senate!If you have been folloiwng this series, you know Joe's job is working in the subbasement of the White House and no one knows who he reports to. He reports to the Speaker of the House, Mahoney.Mahoney sends him to investigate things without getting his name involved in it.When a plane is headed for the White House, our planes have t [...]



    11. I enjoyed this book. It kept my interest from beginning to end. I'm off to 'House Justice,' but I'll finish 'Kill the Messenger,' (Nick Schou) first.


    12. Joe DeMarco is a trouble shooter for the House Speaker, John Mahoney, a wheeler-dealer who has his hand on the pulse of everything in DC and seems to like to stir the proverbial pot.This thriller focuses on a suspected conspiracy to cast Muslim Americans in a bad light so as to get a bill passed that would restrict their rights. DeMarco, Mahoney, and a varied cast of clever characters slowly unravel the conspiracy, despite lots of dead ends and many of their efforts being thwarted. The character [...]


    13. Joe DeMarco is a Civil Servant for the Congressor so his pay level says. Actually he is the 'go to guy' for the Speaker of the House and the man who is expected to fix problems with minimal notice. This problem is a bit bigger than most. Muslim Americans had died while performing what appears to be acts of terrorism to the US. The Speaker wants DeMarco to find out what is going on and to stop it. He calls in chits with a number of people. The cast of protagonists is full of tough talking and act [...]


    14. Joe DeMarco works for the Speaker of the House, John Mahoney, except one will never find his name on any org chart. Joe is Mahoney's fixer. An attempted bombing of the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel morphs into a plane shot down while flying into the White House and, suddenly, the ambitious junior senator from Virginia is proposing a massive anti-Muslim terrorism bill. Soon, DeMarco finds himself engulfed with terrorists, corrupt politicians, the mob and hillbilly meth dealers. This is timely political [...]


    15. Interesting story with many many layers. Government officials (& unofficials), Muslim extremists, terrorists, hired assassins, etc etc. It kept my interest and had some interesting twists. DeMarco is a government UNofficial. He works for the Speaker of the House but while he is on the gov't payroll, he isn't officially working for anyone. His job is a made-up one on the books and in actuality he does whatever the Speaker wants done without the Speaker being involved. After a series of thwart [...]


    16. Another in the Joe DeMarco series. In this one, there is a series of terrorist plots seemingly foiled by luck. A hijacking is stopped by the unexpected presence of an air marshal. A suicide bombing at the capitol is stopped by a police officer who, completely contrary to his history and personality, shows incredible bravery. DeMarco is asked to try to see if he can tie the spree to a senator who is trying to get a nasty bill passed to detain all Muslims in the country.DeMarco gets to the bottom [...]


    17. Overall not a bad story and some pretty good story telling to go with it. The majority of characters remained consistently portrayed throughout the story though a fe I felt were rather shallow and could have been stronger. The actual plot is a good one, realistically portrayed, fairly well thought out and believably executed. The ending is draw out though and to me that was the only real down side to the book. The author attempts multiple conclusions to the different aspects of the plot but in m [...]


    18. 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 countryI read it and loved it and thought it was commenting on a most serious issue of the day and the knee jerk reaction of many peo [...]


    19. This is the third book in the series and the third I read (for a change I started a series at the beginning rather than in the middle) and the characters are still keeping my interest. Even if this were the first book you pick up, there is enough background so that you don't feel lost about the characters.In addition to a compelling plot (Who know that life working for Congress could be so exciting!?) , the book had its humorous moments (both dark and light), and mixes in some social commentary [...]


    20. Muslim terrorist attacks on the capitol. Drug cartel. A terrorist mastermind. At one point I was singing the “I’m just a bill,” From the old afternoon special show. What does it take to get a bill through congress? They got the story wrong in the beginning and again in the end: “… (Kahn)Had been detained by the FBI approximately a year ago for possible links to al-Qaeda and speculated that (javed Khan) may have been carrying on his father’s work.”


    21. House Rules is competently written, with "good enough" characters and a rather odd plot, but one that keeps the reader moving right along. (What I think is very odd is the strange knot that ties the two major subplots together at the end. If you read the book, you probably know what I mean.) I won't rush out to find another book in the Joe DeMarco series, but then again, I'll probably pick one up if it comes my way at a reasonable price.


    22. The Joe Demarco series just keeps getting better and better. What I like about the protagonist is that he's NOT always the smartest guy in the room and he's never the toughest guy in the room! But, he motors along and generally ends up ahead of the bad guys by the last chapter, just like a real person might. I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes complex plots and good character development.


    23. This 3rd in the Joe DeMarco thriller series really kept my attention and was a very satisfying read. Joe is an unofficial employee of the Speaker of the House, an all-around "fixer", who in this book is called on to investigate a rash of apparent terrorist attacks which may be politically motivated. Looking forward to reading the next in this series!


    24. This book finds Joe DeMarco trying to get to the bottom of a bunch of terrorist attacks happening in the United States. Are the attacks tied to a bill in Congress seeking the registry of Muslims? Can Joe get to the bottom of it before he is killed by the people leaving a trail of bodies in their wake? Good read.


    25. I very much like the anti-hero, protagonist that the author has created - Joe DeMarco. He's sharp, but not witty. He's resourceful, but very much not Superman. Where Joe excels is in unravelling threads of clues by reasoning. This was my second read of the book, and I still felt surprised by the twists and turns.


    26. Terrorism becomes political. Several terror plots are foiled, or are they? They are coordinated, or are they? Is it the politician who stands to gain, or the terrorist, or someone else? The story is a good one, though some of the reactions of characters are slightly impossible, thus three stars not four.


    27. 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.


    28. 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.


    29. I met Mike Lawson and bought a copy of House Rules at a writers conference. I was so pleased to find a new hero in ordinary-guy Joe DeMarco. Mike makes his hero believable, interesting and likeable. The plot moved along well with short, snappy chapters.I liked this book so much that I'm now a DeMarco (and Mike Lawson) fan. I'm so pleased to learn I have about 6 more novels to enjoy!


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