“First-rate . . . Lawson’s series is the closest thing on the market today to the witty political thrillers of the late, great Ross Thomas.” —Booklist
Author of House Witness, 2019 Edgar Award Finalist for Best Novel
As the fixer for Congressman John Mahoney in Washington, DC, Joe DeMarco has had to bend and break the law more than a few times. But when Representative Lyle Canton, House Majority Whip, is found shot dead in his office in the US Capitol and DeMarco is arrested for the murder, DeMarco knows he’s been framed. Locked up in Alexandria awaiting trial, he calls on his enigmatic friend Emma, an ex-DIA agent, to search for the true killer.
Emma’s investigation leads her to a ruthless and competitive CEO who had a motive for killing Canton, related to a personal connection from long ago. But the case the F.B.I. has built against DeMarco is airtight, and not a single piece of evidence points to the CEO. Using her cunning and her DC connections, Emma sets out to prove that the powerful businessman has been using some fixers of his own.
Featuring crimes of passion, corporate corruption, and partisan feuds, House Arrest is the latest fast-paced read from “a reliably excellent writer” (The Seattle Times).
“A great author.” —Lisa Gardner
Late one Friday night, at the start of Lawson's terrific 11th Joe DeMarco thriller (after 2018's House Witness), a trained killer in a cop uniform slips into the Capitol and shoots House majority whip Lyle Canton dead at his desk. Joe, a staffer who was in the building at the time, is arrested and dragged off to jail in Alexandria, Va. Knowing he's been framed, Joe turns to his former DIA agent friend, Emma, to prove his innocence. All Joe has to do is try to stay alive, but a poisoning attempt lands him in the hospital. Lurking in the background is Joe's boss, House minority leader John Mahoney, who can't help much, because no one is supposed to know that Joe is his bag-man and fixer. While there's no doubt that Emma will prevail, she faces enough difficulties to make the outcome suspenseful. Toward the end, as the midterm elections loom, Joe worries about his job ("You're telling me that my future depends on the Democrats winning about thirty seats in the House?" he asks Mahoney). Readers will hope that the results of the actual 2018 midterms will ensure Joe keeps going.