I had so much fun reading Mike Lawson’s thriller novel The Inside Ring. This is the first book featuring attorney Joe DeMarco and Emma, and what a great start to the series. DeMarco is out minding his own business when a strange woman jumps into the back of his car telling him he has ten seconds to drive away before the men kill them. Thus begins his odd relationship with Emma, the maybe government spy. DeMarco is never really sure who Emma is and what her job might be, but he knows she is always willing to help him in any way that she can; leaving the pair in a unique position of quietly helping each other out with their respective cases. In this first novel, DeMarco has to help uncover how the secret service may have been compromised. There has been an assassination attempt on the president and an anonymous insinuation that the secret service is involved. DeMarco is tasked to find out the truth without involving the FBI or the secret service.
I loved how Lawson incorporates humor into his action novel. It never felt too serious even though the story-line was dealing with life-threatening situations. Lawson also did a great job of developing his characters and their relationships with each other. Emma and DeMarco are such an engaging pair to read, and I can’t wait to see how their relationship continues to develop through the series. Lawson has done such a fabulous job with his writing. It was easy to visualize Washington DC and all of the adventures that the two characters find themselves in. If you are looking for a new thriller novel or just want to try a new author, this would be a excellent choice.
Mike Lawson will be attending the Tucson Festival of Books March 10th and 11th. He will be joining us in our booth (#129/#130) Saturday March 10th at 1:00 PM. Be sure to stop at the booth and pick-up an autographed copy of his latest novel House Divided.