House Blood

Mike Lawson’s newest novel House Blood was such a fabulous and intense read that fans are sure to be raving about it.  Emma is still recovering from her battle with cancer but has decided to help Joe out on his latest case.   After a terrible earthquake in Peru destroys countless villages, Mulray Pharma, a pharmaceutical company,  steps in to help build houses and provide food for people who are need.  But now some of the people who are living there are dying and people who were lobbying for them in Washington D.C are being murdered.   Emma takes off to find out what is going on in Peru while Joe looks into the deaths in Washington.  And of course things are never easy for these two  as they are trying to stay one step ahead of the killers that are now targeting them.

As always, I was amazed at the information that Lawson includes in his novels.  His description of  how congress can be controlled and influenced by lobbyists and their money on so many issues is amazing.  The pharmaceutical  information was just incredible.  I had very limited knowledge of how they test new drugs and it was a little nerve racking to read about it in a murder mystery novel.  Lawson creates such a realistic tale that I often found myself thinking, oh my goodness this could be happening right now.  We have praised his books before and his series just keeps getting better.    Lawson is one author who continues to be a staff pick.

Second Perimeter

Second Perimeter is the second book featuring Joe DeMarco by Mike Lawson and what a riveting read.  I was completely glued to the book.  The Secretary of the Navy’s nephew believes he has uncovered coworkers committing fraud and wants his uncle to start an investigation.  The Secretary is skeptical and decides to ask Joe’s boss to check things out before launching an official government investigation.  Joe takes off to start his work and Emma decides to join him.  Before long the two are knee deep in a much larger crime than fraud, and things are beginning to escalate when the criminals take a personal interest in Emma.

This book is full of suspense and surprises creating an edge of your seat read.  Lawson did such a great job of keeping me guessing all the way to the end.   He incorporates all kinds of details making the story totally realistic.  I found myself completely absorbed by the information on the Navy and national security, not to mention all of the intricate plot twists.  If you need a new thriller novel, be sure to start the Joe DeMarco series.