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House rules [sound recording]
Lawson, Michael
Adult Fiction LAWSON

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From Publishers' Weekly:

At the start of Lawson's snappy third thriller starring congressional snoop Joe DeMarco (after The Second Perimeter), a series of three failed attempts by Muslim terrorists to attack Washington, D.C.--one by plane, one by car, one by lone suicide bomber--causes nationwide panic. DeMarco wades into the mess when his boss, House Speaker John Mahoney, asks him to check out the possibility that the terrorist onslaught may have been more homegrown than it appears. Quickly appearing on DeMarco's radar is a suspicious, high-profile piece of anti-Islamic legislation, pushed by the blowhard junior senator from Virginia, that's on the fast track for approval. While the efficient plot takes some predictable turns, Lawson's engaging characters, with DeMarco leading the pack, come across as seriously flawed individuals trying to navigate a political world of high demands and constant distractions. Full of insider information, this novel reinforces Lawson's place in the upper rank of Washington thriller specialists. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

An ambitious senator introduces anti-Muslim legislation following several foiled terror attacks, and Speaker of the House John Mahoney sends his bagman Joe DeMarco to find a reason. DeMarco is no hero--he drinks too much and hides when the shooting starts--but his tenacity (and fear of his boss) keeps him in the game. Lawson (The Second Perimeter) fleshes out his characters while developing a plausible and increasingly tense plot. Just enough uncertainty in the satisfying conclusion hints that another series entry is likely. Highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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