House Privilege
by Lawson, Mike

"Fifteen-year-old Cassie Russell, the only daughter of a mega-rich Boston couple, is the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed her parents. She's also the goddaughter of the newly elected Speaker of the House, John Mahoney, and Mahoney becomes her legal guardian. Normally, Mahoney would send his kind-hearted wife to deal with his new ward, but she's unavailable so he dispatches his fixer, Joe DeMarco, to make sure the girl's okay. DeMarco's job is only to put things into a holding pattern until Mrs.Mahoney is able to step in and take charge-but DeMarco unintentionally flips over a rock and out from under it crawls a lawyer, the one managing Cassie's vast estate. DeMarco learns the lawyer has been embezzling from the estate and may have killed Cassie's parents. What should have been a simple assignment unleashes murderous plots involving a Boston mob boss and his Irish thugs, and quickly escalates. DeMarco ends up chasing the scheming lawyer halfway around the world to save Cassie and ensure that justice is done. And being DeMarco, the legal niceties are mostly ignored. House Privilege is one of the best installments yet in Edgar Award-nominee Mike Lawson's long running series"-

Mike Lawson is a former senior civilian executive for the U.S. Navy. He is the Edgar Award-nominated author of thirteen previous novels starring Joe DeMarco and three novels with his protagonist Kay Hamilton.

*Starred Review* "Smooth operator" is a flexible idiom that can mean a charming person who manipulates others easily with a gracious skill set, or it can mean a clever scoundrel. Joe DeMarco, a fixer for a corrupt congressman, can assume either persona on an ad hoc basis. Armed only with a sprinkled doughnut and a good cup of coffee, he can convince a blackmailer to give it up, and he will not hesitate to deceive or drug dangerous criminals into submission. In this fourteenth entry in the series (after House Arrest, 2019), the action moves out of DC, its customary location, and finds DeMarco in the wintry Northeast after a plane crash leaves a wealthy 15-year-old girl, the goddaughter of the Speaker of the House, as the sole survivor. Dealing with Cassie Russell is truly undiscovered country for DeMarco, as is the remote Adirondack location of the accident, which proves to be sabotage. DeMarco learns that the family lawyer has been embezzling from the Russell trust and is now covering her tracks with the assistance of her crime-boss uncle. As always, justice is done, legalities be damned, and off goes DeMarco for a long-overdue game of golf in sunny Florida. This is a consistently entertaining, well-crafted series. The real mystery here is why Lawson has yet to garner a major award. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

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