Washington, DC, fixer Joe DeMarco is on a mission of revenge in a thriller that’s “fast, assured and as refreshingly unsentimental as Joe himself” (Kirkus Reviews).
Author of House Witness, 2019 Edgar Award Finalist for Best Novel
Joe DeMarco always knew that his father, Gino, had worked for a local New York mafioso. But it was only after Gino was murdered that DeMarco found out the truth—that his father was a cold-blooded killer for the mob.
Now, twenty years later, a dying mob associate tells DeMarco a shocking secret: His father was killed by an NYPD cop who has since risen to the rank of police commissioner. And now, that police commissioner has been nominated to take control of the FBI.
Torn between his long-held moral code, his conflicted love for his father, and his desire for vengeance, DeMarco must decide how to stop his father’s murderer before the man becomes absolutely untouchable: with his brains and his respect for justice—or with a bullet?
Delivering “a tense, twisting plot and a sociopathic villain worthy of a seat in the House,” Mike Lawson once again proves himself to be a master of the down-and-dirty political arena (Booklist).
In Lawson's enjoyable ninth Joe DeMarco thriller (after 2013's House Odds), the Congressional fix-it man steps out of the Washington, D.C., political mud to focus on a personal quest: tracking down the man who murdered his father decades ago. DeMarco has long known that his father, Gino, worked for a violent mobster in New York City. Now a dying mobster who knew Gino reveals that a corrupt cop, whose career has since blossomed, was the killer. DeMarco, much to the displeasure of his boss, sleazy Congressman John Mahoney, sets out to avenge his father's murder. To further complicate his quest, his target is about to assume a high-level government job in Washington. A well-balanced plot reveals the intriguing backstory of the likable DeMarco, who knows that handling life's problems is often a matter of compromise.