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A Conflict of Interest Audiobook

A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

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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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    sharon 10-29-12
    sharon 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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Just Jen C 10-01-12
    Just Jen C 10-01-12 Member Since 2014

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Manzanares Los Angeles, California United States 09-24-12
    Anna Manzanares Los Angeles, California United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012

    I listen on my long commute to work.

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    "Twisted!"
    What did you love best about A Conflict of Interest?

    The story is very well written, it keeps you interested and wanting more. I finished the audio book and continued to think of the characters and what if.... Very good book, I bought a printed copy.


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    Lee California,USA 09-19-12
    Lee California,USA 09-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "TWISTS AND TURNS ABOUND!!"
    If you could sum up A Conflict of Interest in three words, what would they be?

    Lots of surprises!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oleg. It was always a mystery as to who he really was and how guilty he was or wasn't.


    Have you listened to any of David LeDoux’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first listen to this narrator. Enjoyed his performance. He added alot to the quality of the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The revelation of the job loss. Don't want to give away too much.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a pretty well thought out work of mystery. It seemed that just when you think you are figuring out the story and characters, another twist gets thrown at you!!
    Pretty cool!! Liked the story and the "hard to put down" continual story line.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    G Matt Alberta 09-16-12
    G Matt Alberta 09-16-12
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beverley Zabow Neve Poleg, Netanya Israel 05-20-12
    Beverley Zabow Neve Poleg, Netanya Israel 05-20-12 Member Since 2005

    A bookwordm

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    "Page turner"

    As a lawyer that recently left "Biglaw" I could really identify with the protagonist and the pressure on a lawyer in a big firm. Yes it is actually like that!!! This is an "intelligent" thriller, which explains the procedures and creates tension without the need to add blood and guts. Highly recommended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    04-29-12
    04-29-12 Member Since 2016
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    ""Where's Waldo" of legal ethics"

    This book is a law professor's "wet-dream" of a legal ethics final exam. Good listen, lots of twists and turns, of course lots of conflicts of interest, and legal "ethical" issues, some recognizable, some not. Good naration; but the underlyingstory line gets complicated at times. Lawyers might find this like the arcade game "Whack-A-Mole", there's a new conflict popping up every 5 minutes.

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    Girlbos 04-22-12
    Girlbos 04-22-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Had a Firm-esque feel to it"
    Any additional comments?

    It is a fast paced legal thriller the way The Firm by Grisham was. You are not sure why this is being done to this lawyer...why he is being singled out...I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a well done legal thriller that will keep you guessing.

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    Caliope PA 04-13-12
    Caliope PA 04-13-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Well read but a little unbelieveable."
    What did you like best about A Conflict of Interest? What did you like least?

    The premise of an atorney defending a man from his parent's past was intriguing.

    What I liked the least were the portions of the story that strained credulity. It could have been and should have been much better.


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

    I thought it was a bit bland and under finished.


    Which character – as performed by David LeDoux – was your favorite?

    The attorney.


    Did A Conflict of Interest inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This book started with a good premise, but never generated the feeling or enthusiasm for any of the characters that it could have done. So much potential; so little development.

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    Eli Brooklyn, NY, United States 03-27-12
    Eli Brooklyn, NY, United States 03-27-12
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    "So-so story, sub-par performance and production"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the book to a friend to read, but not to listen to. The production quality is poor and the performer has a good voice for something, but not this.


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

    Lots of very predictable parts, chapters end mid-thought, and an ending you can see a mile away.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David LeDoux?

    Pretty much anyone. I don't know too many narrators by name, but I think my wife or I could have done a better job. His voice is so cartoony.


    Do you think A Conflict of Interest needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I think it was pretty much all said in the first book. The protagonist is not a very compelling figure. I am not curious about him.


    Any additional comments?

    Read

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  • Macwoman
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    "Well-written window on corporate law"

    Well written and well read with a plot that sustains interest to the end. While many legal thrillers are set within criminal law this one is a bit different. The characters are credible and sometimes finely drawn, and the court scenes are given enough detail and explanation so that it is possible to grasp the finer points on which lawyers base their cases.

    Sometimes I thought the motivation of some key characters was underexplored - why does Oleg behave as he does, with some complex changes of attitude as he goes along. But Mitzner is a good enough writer to bring it off without leaving us feeling cheated. It certainly hooked me and kept me involved to the last page.

    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..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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
  • Judith
    Dursley, United Kingdom
    4/21/16
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    "Disappointing"

    I kept waiting for the twist in the tale, and waited and waited. Unimpressed by the ending, not clever and not believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K. R. Fellows
    11/22/14
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    "Legal thriller or emotional tedium?"
    Where does A Conflict of Interest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Upper quartile


    What did you like best about this story?

    The court scenes


    What does David LeDoux bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Classy performance


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Unjust deserts


    Any additional comments?

    A very Grisham like story but marred by the American obsession to pad things out with tedious emotional introspection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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