Alex is a corporate lawyer. His father's friend is accused of financial misdemeanour, so Alex represents him. There's a long (a better word would be loooong) legal battle, followed by a twist or two in the tale.
I didn't like the book. On several occasions I was on the brink of abandoning it altogether. I persisted only because I'd spent money on this one. Audible allows you to return books you don't like, but since I had recently returned one I didn't think it fair to return another so soon. So I soldiered on. It became bearable once I mastered the skill of jumping pages: easy in a paper book, takes some doing in an audiobook. I took two months to finish it (my usual time for a Connelly is 3 days).
I'll try to explain why I didn't like the book. Try: writing isn't my greatest strength.
1. The story is too simple. There's no time where the plot becomes clever. I don't expect every writer to have the genius of Higashino, but this is the sort of plot that a 60-year-old fogey like me, advanced cerebral atrophy and all, could have thought out during my morning ablutions.
2. The pace is painfully slow. I was frequently reminded of the phrase "it's like being stoned to death with popcorn".
3. I just didn't like the extramarital affair that the protagonist was carrying on. If this was the writer's way of showing that our hero is only human, it's a bad way, in my opinion. The affair's contribution to the plot was exactly zero point zero: what a waste of time!
The narration was quite good, actually.
Will I read Mitzner again? Probably yes, since so many people have praised this book. Maybe he's good, and maybe I was going through a bad patch.
I'm always nervous when trying out a new author. Luckily, this one was a good one. Looking forward to more from Mitzner.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
A conflict that just kept growing and growing! I love stories that are well written and have a well-defined and progressive plot. This book followed that path perfectly. The title indicates the legal dilemma (I swear I was taught this was spelled dilemna!!), and the storyline carries that theme through to the final conclusion.
This is the second book I have listened to by this author—I really liked them both. The narrator did a fine job as well, and I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys being entertained by a good story!
Perhaps, but it isn't at the top of my to do list.
Some good plot twists, but overall I just found the characters' whining annoying.
This wasn't a thriller--the main character was in no danger other than his less-than-stellar morals. There were no chase scenes, no threats, and yet it also lacked the cheesy-ness that might have made this soap opera worthy.
This wasn't really a character-driven plot, either. I am not preaching about the main character cheating on his wife--I'm ragging on his lack of professional ethics. I have no expectation that most attorneys have much in the way of personal scruples, but I'd like to know how this guy passed the ethics portion of the bar exam!
The good news is that Mr. Mitzner is a pretty good writer, and I expect his following novels to be better. I think, though, that I would actually drop this character and develop some a reader could root for. I like flawed heroes, but the main character in this book was pretty darn unlikeable and his lack of deep connection to anyone made him difficult to understand and hard to feel any empathy for, and really, isn't that why we read novels?
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
No, I would not listen to A Conflict of Interest again. This book did not create any true emotion that touched the core of my being. A book needs to search for understanding. I've found that this kind of book needs to touch my soul. The book will have a way of creating a depth of understanding that fills a void that the author created. Only when that void is filled do I feel the book is complete.
This story held my interest throughout. There were times I would find pieces of the puzzle that did fit but there were too many empty spaces left for me to fill. Those missing pieces needed completion, which required that I read the entire book.
I think that David LeDoux's performance was well done. He created character's whose voices were appropriate. I was able to visualize the type of personality given to the character. The change of emotions could be felt through his narration. He was able to insert the varied emotions that a person feels such as love, fear, anger and many, many more. His voice interpretations made the book a good listen.
There were many times that Alex Miller doubted his wife's love for him. However, when Alex made his summation at the end of the trial, he turned around and found his wife sitting in a row close by, providing him with the support that he needed.
The book was well written. Alex was a prominent lawyer in a prestigious law firm in New York City. When Michael Ohlig, of Flordia, who was talked about throughout Alex's life as being his father's best friend, whom Alex had never met, approaches him after hid dad's funeral to be his counsel, Alex reasoned that the relationship with his parent's was the reason. Throughout the trial, Alex questioned himself many times about the man he knew as Michael Ohlig, and came to a definitive conclusion, he did not trust nor like him. The author, Adam Mitzner, was able to thread this theme throughout the book so well, that as the listener I had the same conclusion. The character's were well developed and all had a specific role to play. And those roles were necessary and well placed in the book, that added texture to the story. I took two days to finish and found the ending to be superb.
Well now, this book is a very good example of what can be done to save a marrige if you really want it to be saved. It was a bit extreme, but it worked. Perhaps more marriage partners should follow the premise of this book to prevent the high divorce rate in today's environment.
I was very unsure about this book at the beginning. I am not much of a reader at all. I was SURPRISINGLY shocked to find it was a GREAT BOOK. Suspensful and surprising!
I am getting his new one as soon as possible. I completed this book within 3 days! I would suggest reading!
The story never caught my interest.
I don't remember, I listened 2-3 months ago.
Not a 'bad' novel, just lacking pizazz or suspense.