Washington insider Joe DeMarco returns in an electrifying thriller that will grab you with its “clever, original, fast-moving, and unpredictable plot” (Phillip Margolin, New York Times–bestselling author).
Author of House Witness, 2019 Edgar Award Finalist for Best Novel
Political fixer Joe DeMarco has handled plenty of difficult situations for his boss, congressman John Mahoney. But nothing has been so politically sensitive, or hit so close to home, as his current assignment.
Mahoney’s daughter has been arrested for insider trading. An engineer with a high-flying tech firm, she allegedly placed a half-million dollar bet on one of the firm’s clients. DeMarco’s job is to clear her name—and keep his boss’s name clean in the process.
But DeMarco discovers that Mahoney’s daughter has gotten mixed up with some very wealthy and dangerous criminals who used her to make a quick fortune. And they aren’t about to let DeMarco get in their way.
Author Mike Lawson delivers a page-turning mystery full of “funny lines, fiendishly complicated plotting, and swiftly and sharply etched characters” that “make this installment one of the most enjoyable in the series” (Kirkus Reviews).
House minority leader John Fitzpatrick Mahoney, a Massachusetts Democrat who longs to regain the speaker's gavel, turns to Joe DeMarco for help with a personal matter, in Lawson's outstanding eighth thriller featuring the Congressional fixer (after 2012's House Blood). Mahoney summons DeMarco to his office, where a representative of the SEC has some bad news. Mahoney's tech-engineer daughter, Molly, is about to be arrested for insider trading. The SEC is after Molly because they think she bought stock worth $500,000 in a company that her Rockville, Md., employer, Reston Technology, knew was on the verge of a scientific breakthrough. When DeMarco investigates, he discovers that Molly has a serious gambling problem and is in deep debt to mobster Ted Allen, who runs a casino in Atlantic City, N.J. As usual, the characters notably an interesting mix of gangsters, who range from deadly to hilarious matter more than the plot.