A stunning debut thriller in the best-selling tradition of Scott Turow and John Grisham!
Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars. Alex agrees to take on Ohlig's defense.
Through the course of two trials, secrets are revealed that force Alex to question whether any of the people in his life are who they appear to be. Most importantly, he must decide whether the identity he projects to the world is the man he truly is or even wants to be.
With its powerful voice, pause-resistant tension, and strong cast of characters, A Conflict of Interest will captivate listeners right up to its electrifying conclusion.
©2011 Adam Mitzner (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"A page-turner with deeply flawed heroes, sympathetic villains, and totally unexpected twists. I loved it!" (Alan Dershowitz)
"More twists than a California cloverleaf interchange." (Bookreporter)
"This gifted writer should have a long and successful career ahead of him." (Publishers Weekly)
The scenes describing investment fraud
Mr. Mitzner is a good writer. His plot, however, is too predictable. His courtroom scenes are unrealistic. He has a long ways to go before he can be compared to Michael Connelly, John Grisham and Scott Turow, who can keep you on the edge of your seat and know what goes on in courtrooms.
Dvcid LeDoux, on the other hand, did a nice job in trying to bring this lackluster account to life.
A well written book would be a good start
No-just this author-and most surely any more audible hypes.
Not much for the narrator to work with-no tension-no surprises
If audible continues to make
The characters were not likeable. The story was like a soap opera.
I might have to read a classic in order to purge this nonsense of a book from my memory.
No. He lacks enthusiasm. I prefer a more dynamic reader.
I would definitely cut the scenes where the main character speaks to his daughter. I would also cut out his wife manipulating him getting her pregnant and their marriage surviving.
It's absurd to believe that as a partner in a law firm that he would not be able to have an investigation re the sexual harassment. And most unlikely that he did not confront his alleged accuser.
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.
After an hour of listening, I found myself copying the narrator's HEAVILY enunciated words in a half mocking, half joking tone. But then the chance to make fun came on more and more frequently, and the joking tone left... I couldn't focus on the story, instead I kept hoping he would stop. If anything though, it is getting worse. When I looked and saw I still had 9 plus hours to go, I briefly thought I would not be able to finish it. That's just me though, you be the judge, narrators are a taste thing, I believe, not a firm "good" or "bad" reality for everyone. I think the story is interesting so far, I like the characters and it is drawing me in. But the narration is tough. I'm going to ignore the way the words are v-er-eee care-full-eee s-p-o-k-en, and listen to the story line instead.
Going with the generally good reviews and that it was on sale i downloaded it. Same old predictable situations, same old predictable characters. Is there nothing on the best seller fiction list that isn't chick-lit? I fast forwarded through first half and then just deleted second half.
Nothing good about the story. Like "Eore" slow and dull
It will take awhile
Performance was fine, story was slow
Without giving anything away the lawyer’s revenge actions at the end of the book is simply unbelievable. Not enough twists and surprised.
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