AVAILABLE: FEBRUARY 2019
As Congressman John Mahoney’s fixer, 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 U.S. Capitol and DeMarco is arrested for the murder, DeMarco knows he’s been framed. Locked up in the Alexandria Jail 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 Sebastian Spear, the erratic CEO of the multi-billion-dollar Spear Industries. Spear had a motive for killing Lyle Canton: Canton’s wife, Jean, had once been Spear’s high school sweetheart and the one true love of his life—until Canton won her over. Now Jean was dead, killed in a car crash while driving drunk, and Spear blamed Canton for the accident. But the case the F.B.I. has built against DeMarco is airtight, and not a single piece of evidence points to the grieving CEO. Using her cunning and her D.C. connections, Emma sets out to prove that Spear has been using some fixers of his own.
Featuring crimes of passion, corporate corruption, and partisan feuds, House Arrest is a gripping, timely political thriller, and one the best DeMarco best books yet.
What the critics say...
“Another first-rate novel from Lawson . . . with a clever cliff-hanger ending that will both delight and concern his legion of fans.”
Booklist (starred review)
"Terrific . . . . Readers will hope that the results of the actual 2018 midterms will ensure Joe keeps going."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Lawson’s matter-of-fact tone, walking a fine line between satire and reportage, propels his tale forward . . . And his final sequence, both blackly comic and ineffably sad, provides the perfect conclusion.”
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