House Standoff
by Lawson, Mike






"The fifteenth novel in Mike Lawson's acclaimed series follows Joe DeMarco to Wyoming, scene of an armed standoff between a defiant cattle rancher and federal agents. But DeMarco doesn't care about the standoff; this mission is personal for him. When someone close to him is shot dead in a roadside motel in a small town in Wyoming, DeMarco shirks his responsibilities as the Speaker of the House's fixer to make sure the authorities are doing everything that can be done to catch the killer. He soon realizesthat the rural area is dominated by Hiram Bunt, a wealthy rancher who is willing to take on the federal government at gunpoint and seems to have a number of politicians under his thumb. But Bunt is not the only one in the way. DeMarco also learns that his friend-a woman he was once in love with-had unearthed a number of explosive secrets during her time in Wyoming, and that the deputy in charge of the investigation may be ignoring several leads to preserve a secret of his own. Surrounded by people willing to kill to maintain the status quo, DeMarco launches his own investigation into a growing list of intertwining suspects. And being DeMarco, he concludes that breaking the law to uncover the truth is the best way to ensure that justice is done. Gripping and genuinely unpredictable to the very end"-





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





This fifteenth Joe DeMarco thriller (after House Privilege, 2020) incorporates real-life events that played out on national television. Joe, troubleshooter for the speaker of the House, is investigating who leaked a story to Anderson Cooper when he reads of the death of a former love interest, novelist Shannon Doyle, shot at a seedy motel in middle-of-nowhere Wyoming. He learns that a Bureau of Land Management agent was murdered nearby while she was researching the "cowboy persona." Enter rancher Hiram Bunt, a megalomaniac engaged in a decades-long battle with the feds over the use of Wyoming's public grazing lands, and who has the local officials intimidated and the citizenry terrified. Working through Shannon's journal, Joe walks a dangerous path to find her killer. Lawson's writing is as authentic, as cynically amusing, and as compelling as always. He is so adept at capturing political menace that the reader will be left hoping that his next book will revolve around the congressional siege of January 6, with Joe front and center. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.





Consummate D.C. insider Joe DeMarco high-tails it to Wyoming in the hope of solving the murder of a successful author who just happens to have been his ex-lover. Speaker of the House John Fitzpatrick Mahoney wants his unofficial bagman and fixer to track down the person who leaked news to CNN about Mahoney‚??s secret meeting with two telecom CEOs looking for a merger. But DeMarco, overwhelmed by the news of Shannon Doyle‚??s fatal shooting, travels to the town of Waverly, Wyoming, instead. There, he learns that everybody just loved Shannon, who was on an extended visit to gather material for her second novel, but that a few people might have had it in for her anyway. Shannon‚??s discovery, duly recorded in the copious journal DeMarco gets access to by his usual roundabout ways, of the romance between FBI‚?"defying rancher Hiram Bunt‚??s much younger wife, Lisa, and Jim Turner, the Sweetwater County deputy heading the investigation into Bunt, might have put her in the sights of Turner; his wife, Carly; or Lisa Bunt, who can‚??t afford to throw away the 10 years she‚??s invested in her cash cow of a marriage. And motel manager Sam Clarke‚??s daughter, Lola, a drug-addicted cleaner who almost certainly stole Shannon‚??s diamond earrings, might have killed her just to swipe her missing laptop as well. Despite DeMarco‚??s continuing disdain for the niceties of the law, he‚??s a lot less interesting as a sleuth than as a fixer, and the solution, which he doesn‚??t even uncover, will have many fans of this entertaining series demanding their money back. The most conventional and least satisfying of the antihero‚??s recent adventures. Bring back Beltway corruption. Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.





Consummate D.C. insider Joe DeMarco high-tails it to Wyoming in the hope of solving the murder of a successful author who just happens to have been his ex-lover. Speaker of the House John Fitzpatrick Mahoney wants his unofficial bagman and fixer to track down the person who leaked news to CNN about Mahoney‚??s secret meeting with two telecom CEOs looking for a merger. But DeMarco, overwhelmed by the news of Shannon Doyle‚??s fatal shooting, travels to the town of Waverly, Wyoming, instead. There, he learns that everybody just loved Shannon, who was on an extended visit to gather material for her second novel, but that a few people might have had it in for her anyway. Shannon‚??s discovery, duly recorded in the copious journal DeMarco gets access to by his usual roundabout ways, of the romance between FBI‚?"defying rancher Hiram Bunt‚??s much younger wife, Lisa, and Jim Turner, the Sweetwater County deputy heading the investigation into Bunt, might have put her in the sights of Turner; his wife, Carly; or Lisa Bunt, who can‚??t afford to throw away the 10 years she‚??s invested in her cash cow of a marriage. And motel manager Sam Clarke‚??s daughter, Lola, a drug-addicted cleaner who almost certainly stole Shannon‚??s diamond earrings, might have killed her just to swipe her missing laptop as well. Despite DeMarco‚??s continuing disdain for the niceties of the law, he‚??s a lot less interesting as a sleuth than as a fixer, and the solution, which he doesn‚??t even uncover, will have many fans of this entertaining series demanding their money back. The most conventional and least satisfying of the antihero‚??s recent adventures. Bring back Beltway corruption. Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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