House Blood

The Joe DeMarco Thrillers

Book 7
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
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“The plot and pace are relentless” as Joe DeMarco investigates a pharmaceutical corporation that has gone beyond the bounds of science and into murder (Booklist, starred review).

Author of House Witness, 2019 Edgar Award Finalist for Best Novel

Things have been better for Washington, DC, insider Joe DeMarco. His boss is no longer Speaker of the House and his girlfriend has left him. So, when he’s asked to look into the murder conviction of a lobbyist, he’s less than enthusiastic. But he soon uncovers a conspiracy that ignites his sense of righteous rage.
Two years ago, Orson Mulray, CEO of Mulray Pharma, discovered a miracle drug worth billions. But the drug needed to be tested on humans. And Mulray needed more than blood samples—he needed autopsy results. So he sent the drug into a devastated warzone as part of a “relief effort.”
But when his twisted scheme was discovered, someone had to die—and a certain lobbyist had to take the fall for murder. To clear his name, DeMarco must go up against a remorseless corporate juggernaut with almost unlimited resources, and take on a pair of callous killers unlike anything he’s ever encountered . . .
With House Blood, Mike Lawson delivers “another page-turner brimming with authentic Washington, DC, detail and distinctive, engaging characters” (Library Journal).
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About the author

A former senior civilian executive for the US Navy, Mike Lawson is the author of six previous novels starring Joe DeMarco: The Inside Ring, The Second Perimeter, House Rules, House Secrets, House Justice and House Divided. He lives in Seattle.
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Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
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Jun 19, 2012
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Medical
Fiction / Thrillers / Political
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