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A Case of Redemption | [Adam Mitzner]

A Case of Redemption

A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, May 2013 - This was my first time listening to a legal thriller, and I can safely say I’m hooked. I had always shied away from the genre, assuming that the plots were too fantastical – but this story has a ripped-from-the-headlines feel, creating a relevancy that will attract both newbies like me and established thriller fans. Mitzner delivers a character driven narrative, while seamlessly blending romance, criminal law, and suspense, keeling me guessing until the very end. Kevin T. Collins does a marvelous job narrating – the emotion that he pours into each character captivated me from the start. I felt all of the triumphs and setbacks of the case, and I found myself deeply invested in its outcome. I really hope that this duo works together again, but in the meantime I’m going hunting for more from both the author and the narrator. —Katie, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

The second electrifying thriller from the "gifted writer" (Publishers Weekly) and author of A Conflict of Interest.

A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

©2013 Adam Mitzner (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Mitzner's courtroom drama is Grisham-like in suspenseful before-the-bench action....a wicked ride, with more loops and flips than Coney Island's Cyclone." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Ah, the crucible of the courtroom! Adam Mitzner understands its appeal so very well. Devotees of legal suspense will find themselves happily at home, zinging with the intrigue, reeling with the twists, and ultimately well fed with a satisfying (if shocking) resolution. And if you've been away from the fictional halls of justice for too long, A CASE OF REDEMPTION is where you need to come back." (Jamie Mason, author of Three Graves Full)

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    Mme. Magpie Portland, Oregon 06-23-13
    Mme. Magpie Portland, Oregon 06-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Zero on the Credulity Meter"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The book held my interest enough to finish it, but it could have been cut by a third--just too wordy in places, as in the first third when Dan is introducing himself and his partner to various new characters, we hear the same introduction word-for-word, over and over. My major criticism, however, was that the plot was implausible. As the book unfolded, important facts about some of the main characters turned out to be lies or evasions. As truth revealed itself, the plot would take a 180-degree turn, and I began to doubt every fact as it was introduced.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending offers another twist, but by the time I got there, I was feeling manipulated by surprises the writer threw at me over and over. If he had kept it to one or two, the ending might have had more impact.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I thought this performance was good. Mr. Collins interpreted men's and women's voices equally well and with expression.


    Did A Case of Redemption inspire you to do anything?

    I doubt that I'll look for another book by this author.


    Any additional comments?

    Much about the book and the characters was predictable, but I wouldn't have minded the same old story so much if the plot and personae had been more believable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Saskatoon, SK, Canada 06-22-13
    John Saskatoon, SK, Canada 06-22-13 Member Since 2002
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    "My first and last Mitzner novel."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Stilted dialogue, caricatures instead of characters, and a performance which magnified these flaws made for a less than enjoyable listen. The authors continual descriptions of female characters based solely on their anatomical features with little or no character development was unbearable. The court room sequences were unlikely, with a judge so biased and cantankerous as to beggar belief. In a similar vein, what lawyer, thrust into a murder trial with a week's notice, spends his nights in bed with his law partner, instead of burning the midnight oil on behalf of his client? If it hadn't have been the only book we had on a long road trip, it would not have been finished. The plot twist at the end was really the only redeeming feature.


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    Susan Toronto, ON, Canada 06-22-13
    Susan Toronto, ON, Canada 06-22-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Too bad the narrator is channeling Scott Brick"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator - Kevin Collins seems to be channeling Scott Brick's overwrought narration style - I'm unlikely to listen to another book narrated by him just as I avoid books narrated by Scott Brick.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Generally the story was compelling - which is why I stuck with it - and while I saw one major plot point coming a mile away, there were some unexpected twists as well.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin T. Collins?

    Not sure - although there are male narrators I've enjoyed, the ones that stand out don't seem suited to this book. It needs someone who can be serious, with a more neutral style, and without histrionics.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan New Orleans, LA, United States 06-20-13
    Susan New Orleans, LA, United States 06-20-13 Member Since 2004
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    "I was so surprised to be surprised!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I read legal thrillers very often, and I seldom get any type of surprise. The twist at the end was exhilarating, without feeling like a trick. I enjoyed this story immensely!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His whiny voice almost made me stop listening in the first 15 minutes. I am very glad I didn't, but I don't know that I could, or would, handle him again.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    debra BEL AIR, MD, United States 06-19-13
    debra BEL AIR, MD, United States 06-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Compelling...no. Compelled to finish for $$ worth"

    Wow.. never though I would wish my way through a book... I only finished out of guilt for spending the money..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Arrington Bentonville AR 06-18-13
    A. Arrington Bentonville AR 06-18-13 Member Since 2012

    lover of good books

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    "Okay read"
    What did you like best about A Case of Redemption? What did you like least?

    Story was entertaining. Not predictable. But I hate the steriotypical african-american who uses the "F" bomb as a noun, verb and over used adjective. He was not a main character showing up all the time , so I plowed through. This is another." NOT for the soccer mom" book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Adam Mitzner? Why or why not?

    Probably not. Not in to legal thriillers. I'll stick to Grisham who doesnt use foul language though.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin T. Collins’s performances?

    Only if I have to. I realize Scott Brick cant read them all...


    Did A Case of Redemption inspire you to do anything?

    Like what???? Only check out my authors better


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Braman Los Angeles, CA 06-18-13
    Donald Braman Los Angeles, CA 06-18-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Predictable and overwrought"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you like formulaic plots and a reader who reads each line like he's about to cry, you might like this book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The New Jim Crow


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin T. Collins’s performances?

    No.


    What character would you cut from A Case of Redemption?

    The problem wasn't a single character. It was the utter predictability of the plot, the stereotypical depictions of all the characters, and never-altered, baited-breath reading of each line.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the author's first book. I really didn't like this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Springfield, OR, United States 06-13-13
    Karen Springfield, OR, United States 06-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Let us down at the end."

    My first reaction on finishing A Case of Redemption is that it reminds me, in a formulaic sense of some of the J.P. Beaumont novels of J.A. Jance -- in particular the one in which Beaumont found out the love of his life, Ann Corley, was an avenging angel, aka a killer, and he had to shoot her. What a stupid plot twist that was, and it ruined that particular novel.

    The same can be said of the present one. I thoroughly enjoyed the buildup of suspense right up until the time the accused, "Legally Dead" or "LD", as he was called, was going to testify in his murder trial. How much better the book would have been if Mitzner had followed through on that and nailed the real killer through his testimony. (I had a premonition something was going to go wrong when we got a preview of L.D.'s testimony before it was to happen). Then the book took a very wrong turn, in my opinion, and became a boring, sappy melodrama that had me groaning, ugh, ugh, ugh all the way to the end.

    I also agree that in the real world there was no physical evidence linking L.D. to the crime, and the judge was right on when she told the courtroom, anyone who talks about murdering a singer with a basebat bat in a rock song and then actually goes out and does this is about the stupidest person on the planet. That alone points the finger strongly at someone else trying to set L.D. up. Plus, we never find out in the book at all why the killer murdered Roxanne in the first place.

    Kevin Collins did a good job on the characters' voices, especially L.D., Judge Pielmeier, and the lawyer Benjamin Ethan. His first person narration of the protagonist, Daniel Sorenson, was a bit whiny and effeminate, but that fit the character well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Napa 06-13-13
    Daniel Napa 06-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "It was OK"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Did I enjoy listening to the book? For the most part. It was entertaining. But plot turns are abrupt and the ending was unsatisfying. The most interesting moments are spent in the courtroom. Mitzner should spend more time there in his next book.


    Would you recommend A Case of Redemption to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really. There are better books out there.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin T. Collins – was your favorite?

    The main character is the only fully developed character - easily the best one.


    Was A Case of Redemption worth the listening time?

    Yes. But not memorable.


    Any additional comments?

    Mitzner's courtroom descriptions were good. Spend more time there.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark BRAZORIA, TX, United States 06-10-13
    Mark BRAZORIA, TX, United States 06-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Unsuspenseful take the word out of the desciption."
    Any additional comments?

    This book was just a story with very little mystery. The author uses the meat from
    "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Verdict". Take it out, and little is left.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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