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.
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"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)
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.
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.
No. I thought this performance was good. Mr. Collins interpreted men's and women's voices equally well and with expression.
I doubt that I'll look for another book by this author.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Wow.. never though I would wish my way through a book... I only finished out of guilt for spending the money..
lover of good books
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.
Probably not. Not in to legal thriillers. I'll stick to Grisham who doesnt use foul language though.
Only if I have to. I realize Scott Brick cant read them all...
Like what???? Only check out my authors better
If you like formulaic plots and a reader who reads each line like he's about to cry, you might like this book.
The New Jim Crow
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.
I liked the author's first book. I really didn't like this one.
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.
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.
Not really. There are better books out there.
The main character is the only fully developed character - easily the best one.
Yes. But not memorable.
Mitzner's courtroom descriptions were good. Spend more time there.
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.
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