I don't read many legal thrillers. I had my fix of John Grisham novels and now shy away. But something about A Case of Redemption invited me in enough that I went ahead and jumped in. The story of a lawyer who loses his wife and daughter in an accident and has to try and put his life back in order was a compelling backdrop for a legal thriller. There are plenty of judicial and non-judicial twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. It's not a book I'd ever go back and read again, but it was a fun summer read nonetheless.
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
Yes, if I knew they like murder mysteries & court cases
Not especially, but it kept my interest none the less & that is saying quite a bit for me. I learned a lot about being a defense lawyer & the court process which I give kudos to the author for. Book should be educational if possible. The story plot was real life which I liked. And there certainly was a villain aspect to the stroy as well. But the ending made the whole book! Sorry can't say anymore bout that.
Very much! If I didn't know any better I would have thought he wrote the book becasue he put such a personal touch to the narration.
I might watch it on Netflix
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.