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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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    Tepi 04-08-14
    Tepi 04-08-14
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    "Boring"
    What disappointed you about A Conflict of Interest?

    I have to agree with Richard San Anselmo's review. He put it better than I can.


    What could Adam Mitzner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    a plot


    What three words best describe David LeDoux’s voice?

    fine, intelligible,


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

    the narration was fine


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    General Zod Springfield, IL 03-07-14
    General Zod Springfield, IL 03-07-14 Member Since 2013

    Kneel Before Zod!!

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    "Lifetime Movie of the week: A Conflict of Intrest"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not really,


    Would you recommend A Conflict of Interest to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really, because it has a lot going on and doesn't seem to end.


    What about David LeDoux’s performance did you like?

    He was okay, not horrible.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Lifetime Movie of the week: A Conflict of Intrest


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 03-01-14
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 03-01-14 Member Since 2015

    retired writer

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    "Family Secrets! ~ Infidelity ~ Fraud"

    This is a good storyline dealing with family secrets, infidelity and fraud. I enjoyed the novel from beginning to end. Lots of drama, backbiting and even a little love story. The listen was enjoyable and the set up and introduction of the characters provided a good insight into the main character's home life and office life and the backbiting that can happen in criminal court cases. There was a few "tells" early-on and throughout the story that gave little hints and clues about the revelation that comes at the very end of the story. The moral of the story reminds me particularly of one old sayings: "you reap what you sow!"

    The narrator performed well, although at times he could have changed his voice more to help delineate some difference between male voices. This didn't happen too often. However, the story is interesting enough that keeping track of who's talking was not a big problem. His acting abilities was good, although sometimes he used a little more theatrics in his voice than was needed. Nevertheless, he was not dull nor boring!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon in Surrey Vancouver, Canada 11-30-13
    Sharon in Surrey Vancouver, Canada 11-30-13 Member Since 2006

    Old Broad with Keyboard

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    "B*o*r*i*n*g"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure who would be interested in this book despite the wonderful ratings it got. Did anyone actually listen to it???


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure but hopefully something with enough action to keep me awake.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Canton, GA, United States 06-30-13
    Bill Canton, GA, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Conflict of My Time and Money"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A self-loathing narcissist that is capable of lying to themselves and the people around them.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Adam Mitzner again?

    Perhaps.


    What about David LeDoux’s performance did you like?

    I thought that the performance was well done, there was just nothing to work with.


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

    I thought that the premise wasn't bad, but there are too many holes in the plot. How do the police let someone be buried within three days of their death if they suspect foul play? The foundation for murder is so weak and implausible that no conviction would have ever been possible.


    Any additional comments?

    Rewrite the book and try and somehow make Alex likeable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debora Pittsburgh, PA, USA 11-25-12
    Debora Pittsburgh, PA, USA 11-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Really pulls you in"

    This is a gripping and complicated story that keeps you wondering until the very end. By drawing parallels between the various characters and their actions, questions of right an wrong, personal responsibility, and justice are brought forward. Very engaging.

    The lower rating for performance is due to acoustic shifts in the audio. It's a technical problem, rather than an issue with the narrartor (who is actually quite good). The problems aren't sufficient to interfere with the story, though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MEMcL Carlsbad, CA 11-21-12
    MEMcL Carlsbad, CA 11-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I can't wait for the next book."
    Where does A Conflict of Interest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is such a well-crafted plot. It kept me guessing for the whole book. I loved the reader and went to the Audiobook website to try to find another book read by David LeDoux, but most of them are short stories, or science fiction. Not my cup of tea. But, in my opinion, both the author and the reader are first-rate, and I will watch for further offerings by either of them. I did see that Amazon has a new book by Mizner available for pre-order that will come out in May. I hope that it has the same narrator, and that it will be available as soon as published.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 05-13-12
    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 05-13-12 Member Since 2015

    Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.

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    "What a great start to summer reading!"

    WOW! I'm anxiously awaiting his next book. I wanted to write my review before I was even finished but I waited. This is 5 stars all the way. Characters - multifaceted and believable; story - compelling and interesting; narrator - excellent for this book. This is an author who, if he lives up to his first book in subsequent books, will have fans who are thrilled as each new book is available. Stay home and write, Adam! We're all waiting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S. Stambler LOS ANGELES 03-16-12
    S. Stambler LOS ANGELES 03-16-12 Member Since 2013

    A professor at Dodge College, I teach Film Music. I spent 33 years in the movie business before teaching. I LOVE books and my girls. Ta-Da!

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    "You won't hate it."

    As a long airplane ride, exchange for your time kind of story it's NOT BAD. However it's not great either. Entertaining, and some nice factual, legal material keep it from being a waste of time. The writing is OKAY. Not superb. The characters are believable. Not Memorable. The performance is fine. I'd like to rave about this book, but can't. It's okay. It will pass your time. You won't fall in love or hate with any of the characters. I read it because of the Alan Dershowitz "LOVED IT" But I have to wonder what the professor means by that word. Anyway. You won't HATE it, how's that?

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    Scr8 Geechee 02-18-12
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    "An "Okay" Story, but Don't Believe the Hype..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone with an intimate interest of law may not be burdened with the excessive courtroom exchanges. Mitzer was either or lawyer or has done excellent research, as he focuses on the semantics of law rather than using the courtroom simply as a catalyst to get to the more important aspects of the story. This book spent more time on the law surrounding the story than the story itself. That made it a slow listen for me, but may entertain those interested with the inner-workings of law.


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

    The Publisher's summary -- in my opinion -- misleading comments put Mitzer in the same boat as Grisham. That's a pretty big stretch. I've been a fan of Grisham for much of the past 16 years, and while Mitzer has potential, he lacks the suspense that keeps Grisham's novels moving. The whole


    How could the performance have been better?

    This is the worst reading I've heard in my past year as an Audible member. I wish they would've sampled some of Alex Miller's normal (outside of the funeral) dialogue as fair warning. LeDoux uses an arrogantly-sarcastic, sing-song cadence that speaks almost every line of dialogue in jest. I found that unbelievably annoying, like being read to by the know-it-all coworker. Even worse, while the voices may have changed, this style remained the same throughout the male characters. I think I would've enjoyed the novel a bit more if they had done a better job at selecting a narrator, or if reading the text myself.


    What character would you cut from A Conflict of Interest?

    The narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    All in all, it's an okay book. There wasn't a lot of suspense to always keep me interested, or stuck in the car after arriving at my destination, but it picks up in certain places. Before this, I'd recently finished Grisham's,

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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