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A Conflict of Interest: A Novel | [Adam Mitzner]

A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Thomas San Jose, CA, United States 12-16-12
    Thomas San Jose, CA, United States 12-16-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Unbelievable"

    Without giving anything away the lawyer’s revenge actions at the end of the book is simply unbelievable. Not enough twists and surprised.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sharon SHELBURNE, VT, United States 10-29-12
    sharon SHELBURNE, VT, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "UGH!!!"

    The author must have been paid by the word for this story. It is long winded, tedious and painfully boring.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe BANGOR, PA, United States 10-26-12
    Joe BANGOR, PA, United States 10-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Kind of a Let Down"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More of a plot, mystery,intrigue


    What three words best describe David LeDoux’s performance?

    Would Listen again


    What character would you cut from A Conflict of Interest?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    The Store did not even live up to the Cover. There was no hero, no villain, no intrigue or plot twist. I think it was written and read well but the it was just a lame story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bill lbk 10-01-12
    bill lbk 10-01-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Interesting Legal Story"
    What did you like best about A Conflict of Interest? What did you like least?

    The factual legal info woven into the story.


    If you’ve listened to books by Adam Mitzner before, how does this one compare?

    I have not listen to other books by this author


    What three words best describe David LeDoux’s voice?

    Not unique


    Was A Conflict of Interest worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Just Jen Kansas City, MO 10-01-12
    Just Jen Kansas City, MO 10-01-12 Member Since 2004

    Mobile and Web developer, Audible member since 2004. Trend towards mystery-thrillers just for fun, but read most everything of substance (i.e. no romances here).

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    "Navel gazing. Didn't care - didn't finish."

    This book reads like a self-consumed diary of a teenager. So much time is spent going over and over and OVER the flirting and building relationship between Alex and his associate that the story is lost. Frankly, I didn't care about Alex (or any other character, for that matter) enough to care about his possible extra-marital affair. I got to that point in this book where I ask myself "Do I care about this character? Do I want to know what happens to him?". With this book, the definitive answer was no. Moved on, didn't finish, and that's saying a lot. Disappointed I wasted a credit on this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sean San Diego, CA, United States 10-01-12
    Sean San Diego, CA, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Just an OK first novel"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story was very detailed in legal wranglings throughout two separate cases. None of the characters were very likeable or sympathetic. More a story of guy having a mid life crisis.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by David LeDoux?

    Yes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cidem Marrickville, Australia 09-30-12
    Cidem Marrickville, Australia 09-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Where's a good sub-editor when you need one!"

    This story started well and become tedious; every minutiae of the legal proceedings! This book could have done with some good sub editing. Also, I love David LeDoux, but he was not the right person to narrate this story, he is far too boyish which made the main character seem immature and unable to accept responsibility which I don't believe was the writer's intention.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G Matt Seongnam, Korea (South) 09-16-12
    G Matt Seongnam, Korea (South) 09-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Pedestrian: A Courtroom drama with NO drama"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Although I am a big fan of this genre, this book is uninspiring.

    I can't believe anyone thought this was a good read/listen. The story was unoriginal, boring, lacking in believability, humorless and had no flow. Obvious plot 'twists'. It was really bad.


    What was most disappointing about Adam Mitzner’s story?

    Boring story, humorless.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance was OK.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Luckily it wasn't too long.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who gave this a good review -like Alan Dersowitz - has lost all credibility as a reviewer in my eyes.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Delana Beloit, Wisconsin 07-26-12
    Delana Beloit, Wisconsin 07-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "So so"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the book, but it wasn't as fabulous as some of the reviews I read led me to believe it would be. I'd definitely recommend it to a friend, but I'd make sure that they knew they weren't about to read the next best seller by Grisham.


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

    I do plan to try other books by Adam Mitzner. when they are available. I thought this one was pretty good, it just wasn't as amazing as I expected.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Santa Barbara, CA, United States 07-09-12
    John Santa Barbara, CA, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2011

    Semi retired computer field engineer.

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    "Story good, narration fatiguing"
    If you could sum up A Conflict of Interest in three words, what would they be?

    Tension between the Law and the heart


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot is what kept me listening. I think the story could use more "peaks" in the revelation flow of the plot. It did also surprise me a few times, but as I will say below, the narrator was difficult for me to listen to.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This may be an unfortunate association, but one of my ex-employers used to talk just like this narrator. Although the over enunciation may be amusing at first, I soon grew very weary of it. His voice and speaking style reminding me of this other person the whole time did not help, but it feels so "forced", that it sucked a lot of the energy out of the story. I found myself distracted by the narrator and so the actual story wasn't given the chance it deserved. Interesting, some reviewers liked the narrator. Be sure you listen to him a few times before you decide to invest in the whole reading.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good story and plot. Worth a listen. Just be advised that the narrator may get to you after awhile.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Sue
    Wells, United Kingdom
    9/2/12
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    "Fantastic Book"

    This book was great. Really interesting, lots of twists and turns in the plot. If you like legal thrillers and have at least a mild interest in New York Stock broker type stories, you will love this book. I couldn't believe it was this author's first book. It was also very well read by David LeDoux.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • sharon
    Falmouth, United Kingdom
    7/15/13
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    "Multi-layered.."

    What I liked about this debut was the twists and turns and the very real characterisations of American Law,on the downside I found some parts superfluous and drawn out especially the relationship with his wife up until the middle of the book.
    Saying all that the pulling together of all the threads towards the end was masterfully done and without a doubt will be reading more by AM, during the last quarter I was hooked and unwilling to part with the telling for a moment..

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