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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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    Mary 01-05-12
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    "Depressing"

    Didn't enjoy this at all. There are no heroes here. All the characters went beyond unlikeable straight into repulsive.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    stacy Folsom, CA, United States 01-03-12
    stacy Folsom, CA, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    What would have made A Conflict of Interest better?

    The characters were not likeable. The story was like a soap opera.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I might have to read a classic in order to purge this nonsense of a book from my memory.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David LeDoux’s performances?

    No. He lacks enthusiasm. I prefer a more dynamic reader.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Conflict of Interest?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 12-26-11
    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2013

    Why ever would I do that?

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    "Poor narrator - good book"

    A Conflict of Interest was an engaging, very good read; however the narrator, David LeDoux, was annoying and unable to modulate his voice. Better on paper, at least for me.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-12-12
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-12-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Decent legal thriller"

    I like my characters and story to be believable and this story didn't always fill that bill. The performance could have been better as well. It was good enough to finish and I'd give the author another try.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Connie E Sutherland 12-29-11
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    "Not willing to try another David LeDoux performanc"

    I thought the story was okay, not the "edge of my seat" that I normally like but good for a first run. The Narrator David LeDoux is someone I will avoid in the future as his voice grated on my nerves!

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    D. Astoria, OR, United States 12-27-11
    D. Astoria, OR, United States 12-27-11

    T.B. FOLK

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    "Absolute garbage"
    What disappointed you about A Conflict of Interest?

    This is by far, the most amateurish book I've ever read (heard). To be fair, if you like to have every little thing about every person, place and thing described to you in every possible detail imaginable, you may get along with this book just fine. . For me, after 12 chapters, the real story plot (if this book actually has one) still remains to be seen. It was as if describing completely mundane things page after page is how to write a book.


    What was most disappointing about Adam Mitzner’s story?

    His obvious (at least to me) newness to writing good fiction.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Just get to the point. Or at least stop boring the reader so badly while you get there.


    What character would you cut from A Conflict of Interest?

    The narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't escape the feeling that the writer was very young and quite inexperienced in writing books.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Erik United States 01-15-12
    Erik United States 01-15-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A predictable plot without realistic court scenes"
    Would you try another book from Adam Mitzner and/or David LeDoux?

    No


    Has A Conflict of Interest turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes describing investment fraud


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?



    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ira kissimmee, FL, United States 01-06-12
    ira kissimmee, FL, United States 01-06-12
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    "Incredibly boring-shallow,unfinished characters"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A well written book would be a good start


    Has A Conflict of Interest turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No-just this author-and most surely any more audible hypes.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Not much for the narrator to work with-no tension-no surprises


    What character would you cut from A Conflict of Interest?

    The author


    Any additional comments?

    If audible continues to make

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 10-01-14
    Mark 10-01-14
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    "good story, but..."

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 01-24-13

    FredAllen

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    "Another disappointing best seller"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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