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This is my first Joe DeMarco book by Mike Lawson, but I am definitely going back to read the rest Intense,entertaining, with several twists by amazing characters, I could not stop reading A man has been arrested for shooting another in a bar, but the prosecutor worries about her witnesses She tells her investigator about several other cases over the years that seemed a slam dunk, however witnesses disappeared,changed their stories, or died while the case went through many delays The mother o This is my first Joe DeMarco book by Mike Lawson, but I am definitely going back to read the rest Intense,entertaining, with several twists by amazing characters, I could not stop reading A man has been arrested for shooting another in a bar, but the prosecutor worries about her witnesses She tells her investigator about several other cases over the years that seemed a slam dunk, however witnesses disappeared,changed their stories, or died while the case went through many delays The mother of the person murdered is a big political figure, and wants to make sure the man who killed her son is made to suffer, telling her long lost boyfriend, the boy s real father, to make sure all is done correctly It seems that in all cases where things changed, the defendant is very rich, as the boy s father is in this case As the prosecutor starts interviewing her witnesses,stories change DeMarco must find out who is doing this witness tampering Everything changes quickly,you are never able to know what is happening, the excitement is not quelled.I would like to thank Netgalley, the author Mike Lawson and Grove Atlantic for giving me the chance to read this story, from which I give you my review [[ READ KINDLE ]] ⇴ House Witness ↸ In House Witness, the twelfth novel in the Joe DeMarco series, Mike Lawson puts his likable protagonist on the trail of a different kind of fixer one whose job is to influence, and sometimes disappear, witnesses in seemingly airtight criminal cases Minority Leader of the House and DeMarco s long time employer John Mahoney has kept than one secret from his wife over the years, but none so explosive as this He has a son, and that son has just been shot dead in a bar in Manhattan Mahoney immediately dispatches DeMarco to New York to assist prosecutor Justine Porter, but with five bystanders willing to testify against the killer rich boy Toby Rosenthal the case seems like a slam dunk That is, until Porter begins to suspect that someone is interfering with those witnesses, and that this may be connected to a pattern of cases across the country Is there someone who is getting witnesses out of the way when the fate of a wealthy defendant is on the line With the help of Porter s intern, as outrageously smart as she is young, DeMarco becomes determined to follow that question through to its violent resolution in what turns out to be this series most unexpected plot yet I received this copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This is my first book in this series by this author and I should try the remaining for sure If I summarize the story it s about a murder done by a son of a wealthy family and his father is asking his lawyer to clear his son from all charges regarding his son s action When the lawyer learns that they have five witnesses against his client he understood that it will be a difficult case to handle alone by himse I received this copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This is my first book in this series by this author and I should try the remaining for sure If I summarize the story it s about a murder done by a son of a wealthy family and his father is asking his lawyer to clear his son from all charges regarding his son s action When the lawyer learns that they have five witnesses against his client he understood that it will be a difficult case to handle alone by himself So he asked one of his colleagues for his support and he mentions about a magic where a team helps in witness tampering So with the help of the team the lawyer settles for his work.The victim who was murdered is the son of John Mahoney who is a Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives and he asked DeMarco to make sure that the murderer will be prosecuted for his crime When DeMarco learnt the witnesses were disappearing and some of them are changing their testimony, he understood that there is a witness tampering and he takes measures to catch the culprit I have read much mystery and thriller books from many other authors, but the reason I liked this was, because of the story line In other books it s about finding the culprit or running away from the murderer but in here the story is narrated in a different perspective.The only reason I gave 4 stars because at some points I felt that it containeddescriptive paragraphs were it was a distraction to continue reading.In my opinion this can be read by anyone who loves mystery This book is well into the series in which Joe DeMarco does the heavy lifting for ex House Speaker Mahoney Ostensibly, this is about Joe DeMarco seeing that justice is done for his godmother and for the woman who has a big hold on Mahoney, but Lawson wanders far afield in this, after about dozen very interesting thrillers Lawson focuses on a dark corner of criminal justice where unscrupulous defense attorneys can anonymously hire help in getting their clients off Bill and Ella are in thi This book is well into the series in which Joe DeMarco does the heavy lifting for ex House Speaker Mahoney Ostensibly, this is about Joe DeMarco seeing that justice is done for his godmother and for the woman who has a big hold on Mahoney, but Lawson wanders far afield in this, after about dozen very interesting thrillers Lawson focuses on a dark corner of criminal justice where unscrupulous defense attorneys can anonymously hire help in getting their clients off Bill and Ella are in this trade and we are given a tremendous amount of backstory, particularly on Ella, that doesn t make her anysympathetic a character than if we knew nothing They take care of witnesses by any means necessary to earn seven figure fees Bill took a job every eighteen to twenty four months For one thing, he liked to play and had no interest in workingoften than that But the other thing was that there were a limited number of cases in which the ultrarich had committed a crime, and in some cases Bill couldn t do anything to help the defendant the first thing he s looking for is a client who can afford my fee, and there aren t many who can Then he ll take a look at the client s lawyer, and see if he or she is the kind of person who will be inclined to hire someone like me Keep in mind, too, that defense lawyers represent people they know are criminals, and over time they tend to slide over the line themselves, or at least that s been my experience By the time we reconnect with Joe DeMarco, we are almost 200 pages into this story But things do albeit almost too late get going The assistant DA tries twisting DeMarco s arm I did some research on you, too, buddy boy Actually, my intern did I know you re John Mahoney s troubleshooter and he s used you a few times to dig into things, like that thing you got involved in out there in North Dakota a couple years ago What do you know about that Enough to know that you re bullshitting me when you say you don t do investigations for Mahoney Lawson puts DeMarco in a tight spot He couldn t give up on the case, for one thing because he knew Mahoney wouldn t allow him to give up Another reason was that he d promised his aunt Connie that her son s killer would go to jail, and the way it looked at the moment, that might not happen Justine was down to only one solid witness and while she might be able to convince the jury that Toby did it, but with no motive and no physical evidence, the odds were dropping You can stop at this point if you get my drift that this book was a bit of a disappointment, hence the lowest rating that I ve given any in the series If you want to read further, I will lay out some of the reasons but they may spoil your reading pleasure.1 Lawson falls in love with his bad girl and gives her too big a role 2 He inadequately explains why she fails to cut and run when she learns that they are on her trail.3 Lawson fails to remember that the series is about Joe DeMarco and gives him less space than in any of his other books 4 His very talented defense attorney isn t paying close attention in the judge s chambers a week before trial Really and,5 Lawson practically guarantees that his bad girl will have a role in some future Joe DeMarco thriller I ve always enjoyed Mike Lawson s Joe DeMarco books Easy and entertaining reads and oh, the political shenanigans Thank you Netgalley Atlantic Monthly Press for this ARC Again, Mike Lawson has written an easy and entertaining Joe DeMarco book but I missed his usual political shenanigans John Mohoney s character was used as the starting mechanism for this story but was otherwise pretty much absent and I missed him There was some office politics and backscratching with the Manhattan DA s of I ve always enjoyed Mike Lawson s Joe DeMarco books Easy and entertaining reads and oh, the political shenanigans Thank you Netgalley Atlantic Monthly Press for this ARC Again, Mike Lawson has written an easy and entertaining Joe DeMarco book but I missed his usual political shenanigans John Mohoney s character was used as the starting mechanism for this story but was otherwise pretty much absent and I missed him There was some office politics and backscratching with the Manhattan DA s office but not enough to justify my continued cynicism of politics in general not that I m going to change anyways House Witness was still a good hunt for the bad guy story He did introduce a new character, Sarah, and I hope to seeof her in future books A gripping read of a race to find the witness tampering team available only to those super wealthy defendants that have enough money to pay the multi million dollar fee SUMMARYHouse Witness is the twelfth novel in the Joe DeMarco series by Mike Lawson, But this one s a little bit different, it s personal John Mahoney, the Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives and DeMarco s boss, has a secret He has a son, it s a son that his wife knows nothing about That son has just been shot d A gripping read of a race to find the witness tampering team available only to those super wealthy defendants that have enough money to pay the multi million dollar fee SUMMARYHouse Witness is the twelfth novel in the Joe DeMarco series by Mike Lawson, But this one s a little bit different, it s personal John Mahoney, the Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives and DeMarco s boss, has a secret He has a son, it s a son that his wife knows nothing about That son has just been shot dead in a dark bar in Manhattan, so Mahoney sends DeMarco to New York to make sure the killer is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law But there are five witnesses that can testify against the killer, who is a rich kid named Toby Rosenthal, so it doesn t look like there s much for DeMarco to do And then the witnesses start disappearing or changing their testimony Justine Porter, the prosecutor suspects that this is witness tampering, and it might be connected to a pattern of cases across the country where super wealthy defendants are avoiding convictions when witnesses testimony falls apart Can DeMarco find whoever is responsible for the tampering prior to the Rosenthal trial REVIEWHOUSE WITNESS was an entertaining thriller that had me turning pages faster than a jackrabbit I m a huge fan of the DeMarco series and have read and love them all This one is no different, although I was a little disappointed that crux of DeMarco s role didn t emerge until well into the book But when he did, he was in fine form.DeMarco, who with the proper motivation, leaves no stone unturned, in an effort to find an elusive exceptional jury consultant In House Witness he has a lot of help from the impressive Sarah, a tiny, sharp and savvy intern in the district attorney s office who was a blood hound with a key board I loved the ending of House Witness Looks like DeMarco may be crossing paths with this exceptional jury consultant again I recommend this book to fans of political and legal thrillers, and anyone who likes series Thanks to Mike Lawson, Grove Atlantic and Netgalley for an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review This is the 12th book that I ve read from Mike Lawson, and I ve absolutely loved every one of them Back in 2005 I picked up his first book Inside Ring just by chance, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it His books are always highly entertaining, and every story is quite unique The main characters John Mahoney and Jo De Marco are both a bit floored and rough around the edges, but this is what makes them both so interesting House Witness has a great plot, and a very dive This is the 12th book that I ve read from Mike Lawson, and I ve absolutely loved every one of them Back in 2005 I picked up his first book Inside Ring just by chance, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it His books are always highly entertaining, and every story is quite unique The main characters John Mahoney and Jo De Marco are both a bit floored and rough around the edges, but this is what makes them both so interesting House Witness has a great plot, and a very diverse range of characters, that really make this a very entertaining story Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives John Mahoney hadn t told anyone that he had a son out there that no one knew about, and that included his wife of many years It may have been a secret, however now that his son was dead he needed someone to investigate his death Luckily John had is go to man Jo De Marco working for him, and especially lucky since he has that uncanny knack for getting to the bottom of things Mind you De Marco doesn t always work in the parameters of the law, and that s the reason he gets things done However, this time he was up against someone that specialised in tampering with witnesses, and would go to great lengths to help get the guilty party from going to jail You could easily lose yourself between the pages of this fabulous book for many enjoyable hours Hands down this story is well worth a read House Witness is a fast paced legal thriller that opens with Washington D.C power broker intrigue and a Bar room murder and an initial police investigation right out of a Law and Order episode But, that s all a preview for the heart of the matter which is to turn the entire concept of a legal thriller on its head by positing what could happen if a crew of underhanded manipulators were out there offering their services to rich defendants in the way of Witness tampering Making eyewitnesses di House Witness is a fast paced legal thriller that opens with Washington D.C power broker intrigue and a Bar room murder and an initial police investigation right out of a Law and Order episode But, that s all a preview for the heart of the matter which is to turn the entire concept of a legal thriller on its head by positing what could happen if a crew of underhanded manipulators were out there offering their services to rich defendants in the way of Witness tampering Making eyewitnesses disappear or change their testimony was a speciality of this crew until Fixer Joe DeMarco gets involved It s an engrossing read with a fairly blistering pace, although it strained believability the extent of the misdeeds committed and the speed with which some threw away their ethics Despite its imperfections, it was not a bad read Thanks to Grove Atlantic for providing a copy for review What a great legal thriller, I had no idea that this was the 12th book in the Joe DeMarco Series DeMarco s the fix it man for the Minority Leader of the House, John Mahoney When he gets a call late one night about a murder in a Manhatten bar, he s a little confused as to why this should be of any issue regarding Mahoney, he quickly learns that there are some personal issues at stake here Not only regarding Mahoney but himself as well he grew up with the victim of this senseless crime DeMarco What a great legal thriller, I had no idea that this was the 12th book in the Joe DeMarco Series DeMarco s the fix it man for the Minority Leader of the House, John Mahoney When he gets a call late one night about a murder in a Manhatten bar, he s a little confused as to why this should be of any issue regarding Mahoney, he quickly learns that there are some personal issues at stake here Not only regarding Mahoney but himself as well he grew up with the victim of this senseless crime DeMarco is told that this man has to fry for what he did, he has to be convicted of murder no matter what They had no idea exactly what forces they were up against The man who committed the murder is the rich son of a very high profile corporate attorney who is spoiled and has been on a bender since his girlfriend dumped him a few days ago Naturally, he runs to Daddy to help him out of this crisis, he shot the man in cold blood in a crowded bar with several witnesses It s a disaster, but when DeMarco is summons to work with the prosecutor he discovers a very odd trend regarding very rich murder defendants getting off when they should have been convicted.This is a fast paced read with plenty of action and suspense that kept it from lagging A lot of legal thrillers get bogged down in all the legalities the trial that you find yourself nodding off, I can assure you that won t happen here.Disclosure I was provided an e galley of this book by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion I really liked this book I tried a couple of books by this author a few years ago and didn t finish them Mostly, I think it was the structure that didn t grab me in those other books, the distant voice That same voice is in this book but I really liked the female antagonist in this one It reminded me a little of Ringer in the John Sanford Davenport series The publisher markets this book as a Demarco novel when a large chunks of it has nothing to do with him This has a very complicated back I really liked this book I tried a couple of books by this author a few years ago and didn t finish them Mostly, I think it was the structure that didn t grab me in those other books, the distant voice That same voice is in this book but I really liked the female antagonist in this one It reminded me a little of Ringer in the John Sanford Davenport series The publisher markets this book as a Demarco novel when a large chunks of it has nothing to do with him This has a very complicated backstory with several events and names the author continues to come back to He does an admiral job at it and I was never lost.The story line and the way its told reminds me of Thomas Perry and Donald Westlake I will be trying other Demarco books.David Putnam Author of the Bruno Johnson series