There are a lot of legal thrillers out there. Many of them are good, gripping reads. Case of Redemption is not one of them. There is not a single intriguing character; the main character, Dan Sorenson, is so devoid of personality that the author is reduced to ascribing a personal tragedy to him in order to try to wring sympathy for him on the part of the reader. His professional partner, Nina, is equally blank and uninteresting; we find out more about the cut of her suits than what goes on inside her head. The lesser characters constitute a parade of annoying stereotypes that each seem to scream out, "I'm sorry for being so unoriginal, but the person who created me has no imagination."
The dialogue is banal in the extreme. Adam Mitzner seems quite taken with his creation in the form of Judge Perlmeyer (who's narrated with a Southern accent--why? this is New York), and gives her way too much real estate in the book to harangue Dan over his behavior in court. This, too, is an artificial way to generate sympathy for the thoroughly unremarkable main character, and does nothing to advance the plot.
The portrayal of the relationship between Dan and Nina is shockingly inept and cheesy. And as for the story itself -- there is not a single element of suspense or surprise, and the whole thing smacks of implausibility. Just two examples: this is a high-profile case involving a celebrity, there is no murder weapon, and the judge gives the defense only two weeks to prepare for trial? During their meetings with the defendant, L.D., in jail, our two legal eagles, Dan & Nina, never get round to asking him about his alibi on the night of the murder. I'm no lawyer, but isn't that pretty fundamental to a murder case? Yeah, I know, this is fiction, but to my mind, a story loses luster if it becomes too unmoored from reality and it's impossible to relate to anyone or anything in the book.
This book suffered from lack of an investigator. On the other hand some of the clues were less than subtle and anybody, except apparently the main character, could have figured out most of the "mystery".
The part that came as a surprise was a bit abrupt and somewhat ill conceived.
Yes, I think the narrator was overall great. If I had to give him a piece of constructive criticism.. I would say that he wasn't the best with female voices (most male narrators aren't), but he still was great with differentiating between the difference male characters.
The main character, Dan. He was multidimensional and interesting.
Rhythm and inflection at certain times where these aspects are needed (during the part when LD raps; during the trial).
When a celebrity lawyer seeks truth against all odds.
This was not my favorite legal drama audiobook (that would have to be reserved for a John Grisham story....The Testament? or The Firm?) BUT it is worth listening to.
I persevered with this novel because I had enjoyed Mitzner's first, A Conflict of Interest. But perseverance was required. It was too long, some of the key characters were uninteresting. Althought it was written in the first person by a man who was in pretty straightened circumstances, and the narrator needed to reflect a wide range of deeply felt emotions, it was read with urgency and desperation without any let up.
But, continuing to the end was indeed rewarded with an interesting conclusion.
I look forward to Mitzner's next novel. He is well informed and interesting where legal issues are concerned and an engaging author with creative plots. But in this novel, I just felt that he was just trying too hard and overwriting.
Mitzner sets the emotional bar high at the start of this story. Daniel has lost his wife and daughter in a drunk driving accident while he's too busy working to join them on vacation. The Daniel we meet as the story opens is a former lawyer, a drunk. It's amazing he even makes it to the party where he meets NIna. But meet Nina he does, and she sets him on a whole new path.
The issues in the story are real (violence in gangsta rap is just the start of it), and yet the love story piece feels somewhat old-fashioned. The love story is probably the weakest part of the story, but the overall plot and Kevin's Collin's remarkable narration make up for a lot.
Great summer listen.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
This book rolls along just like you think it will. And then things change. The author deserves a huge amount of credit for taking the plot and standing it on its head. I just wish the book had been more engaging all the way through. Don't get me wrong. It's not a bad book. It just doesn't have the tenseness all the way through like most good legal thrillers.
OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!
At first I had difficulty getting into this story. Mainly because it's about a rap artist charged with murder and the fact that I've worked in rap for 25 years as a consultant and songwriter. For me, it seemed like it was panning out to be the same misunderstood white person's idea of the rap genre and the people involved. In some ways I was right. But, for the less jaded, overall this was a good story with plenty of unexpected plot twists. The narration is perfect for this book - usually a major complaint for me.
Firstly, why are the African American voices spoken in a stereotypical, SOUTHERN accent? They are all from New York City, not Alabama...especially the judge. LD sounded like an old southern African American man, not a young rapper from Brooklyn.
Secondly, where is the evidence? This made the whole case ridiculous. Why isn't the lawyer focusing on the lack of evidence, instead of who the killer is? Why wasn't there experts to explain the song itself, instead of hours on "pubic hairs?" Not thrilling at all.
Lastly, the love relationship is completely rushed and unbelievable.
His portrayal of African Americans.
The Judge b/c of the voice.
I don't normally get taken by surprise at the ending of books. Normally I can figure out which direction the story will go. This was a surprise to me which I enjoyed very much.
I am an avid criminal fiction / murder mystery reader and this book was disappointing in so many ways.
I typically do not take time to write a review however I am hopeful this may prevent others from falling into the same trap I had as this book seemed to have so many rave reviews.
This novel reads like a lifetime drama with every predictable "murder mystery 101" twist in the book. I often found the narrative annoying and the protagonists unbelievable.
Many times I rolled my eyes and was tempted to not finish the book. I waited around for the end to see if there was any redeeming quality in this story and was again disappointed.
If you are accustomed to the masterful writing of authors like Michael Connelly this novel will at best disappoint and at worst cause you unnecessary angst over the predictable and pedestrian story telling.