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 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
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!
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.
A self-loathing narcissist that is capable of lying to themselves and the people around them.
I thought that the performance was well done, there was just nothing to work with.
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.
Rewrite the book and try and somehow make Alex likeable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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
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.
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,
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