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)
I am an avid eclectic reader.
I am always on the look out for a new author, so when Audible list a new author's first book on it's front page a jumped to get it. It is a fast paced court room drama that kept me interested. I must say I had the ending figured out differently than what the author did, so I was a bit surprised by the ending. The reader David LeDoux did a good job narrating the book. I shall be looking for Mitzner's next book.
Lots of writers write about courtroom drama, but this is by far one of the best I've read in a long time. I can't write about my favorite part, but I'll just say this... exposure rocks.
He nailed it.
Exposure-the price we pay.
Give yourself the best Christmas present ever;download this book and and listen while cooking and washing all those dishes. You won't even mind that others are watching good football or the original Scrooge on TV. Cannot believe that this is Mr.Mitzner's first legal thriller. He is a natural at this game and you will not be disappointed! Narration is equally as fine.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
OK... during the read I kept muttering, "Damn! Didn't see that coming!"
Mitzner's plotting is magnetic. You know, the kind of story that keeps you listening in the driveway after the ride home? This story will create an interest that will conflict with whatever else you've got to do besides listen to the next part. It's hard to believe that the guy who started out with this novel fell so far apart with his next, "A Case Of Redemption." I'm glad that I gave Mitzner another chance with this novel but I'm still sorry I read the just barely redeemable succeeding book from this guy,
David LeDoux reads this gaggle of conundrums invisibly... which is to say he never intrudes, yet presents powerfully, which is an impressive talent. Conundrums? Over and above the essential legal mysteries here, the theme swirls around questions of family, fidelity, culture, and society's rules regarding actions and consequences. It's provocative questions will haunt you yet not subtract from the entertainment values.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
I enjoy legal thrillers very much. This is not on the same level as Michael Connelly, John Grisham or Steve Martini, but it is a very good first start for this author. I do recommend the book and look forward to his next book. What I found interesting was the excellent description of a partner's life in a large NYC law firm and the build up of a large scale financial fraud legal case. I learned a great deal from that part of the book. The case, however, was not a "thriller", but I did look forward to each session listening to the book. You have to get well into the book before there is a death that affects the story. That is when things started to move rapidly with the story. There are some good twists and turns in the end, but if you follow this type of book regularly, you should get a feel for the story before all is revealed. The narration was excellent. Adam Mitzner made the story flow really well and the variety of voices did not distract to the narration. I hope I get to hear more from this narrator.
I have no idea. I would recommend replacing this question. Recognize that there are two types of "readers". I am not sure how many people read the print version of a story of which they have listened to the audio version. There may be some out there who read a portion of a book and also listen to it as they complete it. Not sure. I would prefer a different question aimed at a review of the story content and not its format. Perhaps this question is better directed to an editor or publisher.
Cannot think of any similar book for comparisons.
Why are Some readers are bit hard on this narrator? I have definitely heard worse readers. Mr. LeDoux's strength is when he just reads the words without interpretation or "acting". With the exception of his characterization of Charlotte, (I detest it when men try to sound like a 5 year old female.)I enjoyed his reading. A nice break from favs Scott Brick and Dick Hill for me.
There was no laughter or crying in this book. There were parts of this story that were way too long and added nothing to the story. I also moved to extreme dislike of Elizabeth from being sympathetic of her. She strongly and quickly moved from being a character in the background to one totally in front and in control. Elizabeth and Michael are in my opinion the same character, just different genders.
Great advertisement for this one. Some exaggeration that attracted a lot of readers. This story kept me interested and engaged in the story during a winter weekend. As one reviewer suggested, it is good to listen to while cleaning house, wrapping gifts or preparing a meal. Decent story, but not a thriller in any sense of the word. Also I would not put in the same group with Grisham et.al. Being an attorney and an author does not necessarily make one a great writer about criminal related stories. Mitzner wove a good story with enough "stuff" to keep you thinking. There are a few surprises and also some crazy stuff that makes the reader ask why is this in the story? It comes across as very amateurish. I did not find much of the storyline predictable. I did not care much for any of the characters except for Alex's father, who we only know through the words of others. The father is the only innocent and decent character in the entire story.
I enjoyed this one a lot, in fact I stopped early at red lights to make sure I could listen a bit longer! Some of the plot was foreseeable but there where many minor twists and turns that kept the book at a very good pace. It’s not a thriller in the typical sense, but that’s nice for a change, and you get more character development here. Looking forward to the next book from this author.
I have to agree with Richard San Anselmo's review. He put it better than I can.
the narration was fine
Kneel Before Zod!!
Not really, because it has a lot going on and doesn't seem to end.
He was okay, not horrible.
Lifetime Movie of the week: A Conflict of Intrest
Old Broad with Keyboard
I'm not sure who would be interested in this book despite the wonderful ratings it got. Did anyone actually listen to it???
Not sure but hopefully something with enough action to keep me awake.
Although the narrator tried to interject some movement with the tone of his voice, he failed. I made it through the first hour of this book with NO action other than the ordinary comings & goings of an ordinary lawyer leading an ordinary life. I've nodded off twice as I listened.
"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.
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..
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.
I kept waiting for the twist in the tale, and waited and waited. Unimpressed by the ending, not clever and not believable.
"Legal thriller or emotional tedium?"
The court scenes
A very Grisham like story but marred by the American obsession to pad things out with tedious emotional introspection.
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