Washington fixer Joe DeMarco has been asked to handle a lot of difficult situations over the years for his boss, Congressman John Mahoney. But nothing has ever been quite so politically sensitive, or has hit so close to home, as this latest task. Mahoney's daughter, Molly, has been arrested and charged with insider trading. An engineer with a high-flying technology firm, she allegedly placed a half-million-dollar bet on one of the firm's clients. DeMarco's job is to clear Molly's name and keep his boss clean. But how did Molly get her hands on so much money in the first place? DeMarco soon discovers that there's far more to Molly's case than meets the eye.
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"Starred Review. As usual, the characters - notably an interesting mix of gangsters, who range from deadly to hilarious - matter more than the plot." - Publishers Weekly
"Lawson has written another fine installment in his DeMarco series, filled with vividly drawn characters, a plot with more bends than the Mississippi River, a brisk pace, and a fine sense of inside-the-Beltway verisimilitude." - Booklist
"Odds favor a good time for the reader as Joe DeMarco faces his eighth case: a looming insider trading scandal with potentially fatal consequences. ? Funny lines, fiendishly complicated plotting, and swiftly and sharply etched characters make this installment one of the most enjoyable in the series." - Kirkus
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Michael Lawson was raised in Pueblo, Colorado and attended college at Seattle University, receiving a degree in engineering. On leaving college he went to work for the US Navy as a nuclear engineer, spending approximately thirty years working for the Navy's nuclear power program. Some of this time was spent in Washington D.C. but most was spent at a large naval shipyard in Bremerton, Washington.
At the shipyard he managed a number of different organizations related to overhauling nuclear powered submarines, cruisers, and aircraft carriers, ending up as a member of the governments Senior Executive Service and as the top civilian at the shipyard responsible for navy reactor plant work on the West Coast.
His books include The Inside Ring (2005) and The Second Perimeter (2006)....
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