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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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    Melinda UT 04-26-12
    Melinda UT 04-26-12 Member Since 2009

    So hooked by audio that I have to read books aloud. *If my reviews help, please let me know.

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    (If you want a good laugh and good review--read Audible reviewer 'Richard from San Anselmo's' review--it's worth looking up. Also, looking at his library, an excellent source for the kind of read this book was marketed as...actual thriller/crime novels.)

    Not a thriller, not a page turner, not a plot-twister, as claimed by page after page of 5 star reviews and press releases. I have people on my very mainstream block that live as conflicted and interesting lives as the people in this book. It's great that readers are excited about Mr. Mitzner's debut, it is an admirable debut and I hope we see more from this new author--it just isn't 5 stars. Conflict was average; written well enough, and with an easy pace that kept it just one step ahead of the termination gong. One reviewer stated this was a "character study" more than a thriller; agreed...but when the package says "thriller", you want a few thrills.

    66 of 76 people found this review helpful
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    Miss Irene Portland OR 12-24-11
    Miss Irene Portland OR 12-24-11 Member Since 2005

    Miss Irene

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    "Excellent - Deserves More Than 5 Stars"
    What did you love best about A Conflict of Interest?

    This is a tautly-written story with absolutely nothing gratuitous. Besides an engrossing plot, it has captivating commentary on the legal system, well-developed, believable characters and a refreshing absence of vulgarity. I hope the author writes a sequel; if not, I anxiously await his next book. It was a pleasure to listen to.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I was engrossed from beginning to end.


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

    David LeDoux was the perfect choice for this book, as it was written in the first person and LeDoux used subtle variations in his delivery to depict the various young, older, male and female characters as though the main character was, indeed, simply telling his story.


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

    Yes, the ending was poignant and provocative.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish all novels were as well-written.

    66 of 76 people found this review helpful
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    Snoodely 08-17-12
    Snoodely 08-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Conflict of Interest to be better than the print version?

    Probably. I haven't looked at the print version; but, unless a book has illustrations, I usually prefer the audio version ... always assuming that it has a good narrator.


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

    The ending offers a couple of satisfying -- although somewhat predictable -- surprises. Pay attention to the "Scary Lady" painting that keeps weaving its way through the story.


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

    I didn't like any of the main characters very much. The protagonist -- Alex Miller -- seems emotionally weak. His wife, Elizabeth, doesn't behave believably in the face of her husband's affair; and his lover, Abby, demonstrates poor scruples in pursuing a married man. The antagonist, Michael Ohlig, is supposed to be unlikeable, and is, accordingly, unlikeable. He behaves like a spoiled rich person, hiring a lawyer -- Alex -- to defend him, then refusing to listen that lawyer's advice.


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

    Don't forget your family ...


    Any additional comments?

    "A Conflict of Interest" has a pretty good plot for a first novel; but the characters lack some credibility. I think that Mitzner shows potential, and will probably improve in future outings. David LeDoux has a nice voice and reads the book well, but doesn't always distinguish the characters from one another in dialogue. If you like legal thrillers, you will probably like "A Conflict of Interest" ... even though it doesn't actually qualify as a thriller. By the way, the title definitely has relevance: Alex should never have taken the case!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Delman San Francisco 12-24-11
    Richard Delman San Francisco 12-24-11 Member Since 2006

    65 y/o father of two sons. Married 25 yrs. Audible member for 8 yrs. I can hardly read books with my eyes any more. I love reviewing.

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    "A most unthrilling "thriller.""

    I feel like suing Audible for false advertising. This book is dull as dirt. It's about some sleazy corporate lawyers defending an investment banker for running what is called in the financial world a "pump and dump" operation. The firm is, unbelievably, called OPM, which is an acronym for Other People's Money. This was actually the title of a movie about twenty years ago, with Danny Devito, on a similar topic. I have listened for hours hoping to hear anything thrilling in the plot: a romantic twist, a fast pursuit other than the Feds indicting the sleazy guy in the legal case, some surprising courtroom action: anything. Nothing. The narrator has a pleasant voice. The attorneys and associates read giant boxes of documents and millions of pages of buy/sell tickets. Doesn't it make you want to hear more? The lead character almost has an affair with his associate lawyer. Doesn't it make your spine tingle? He and his beautiful stay-at-home wife, an artist who hasn't done anything creative since becoming a mother, have a darling daughter named Charlotte. They live in the upper class suburbs. His office is in Manhattan and is full of lawyers inflating their bills. He stays at the Four Seasons when he travels. His client has a mansion. Aren't you sitting on the edge of your chair in suspense?
    BORING!

    113 of 133 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 12-28-11
    Mary 12-28-11
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    What made the experience of listening to A Conflict of Interest the most enjoyable?

    The plot and the way the story unwound made it interesting from beginning to end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy books that continue to unravel a story without giving away the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely enjoyable escape and would enjoy more from this author.

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    Kurt Dorr, Mi, United States 12-28-11
    Kurt Dorr, Mi, United States 12-28-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book"

    I'm not much into fiction books but this one popped up on the front page of audible.com so i read the review and bought the book. Two days later a I was done with the 10 or so hours of audio. This is quite an accomplishment since it typically takes me around a month to finish any book. The plot kept me tuning in at any chance I got. The guy that read it did a very good job, I wish I could have him read all the audio books that I buy. It was well written too. All around a very good buy.

    37 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Fayetteville, AR, United States 01-24-12
    Dan Fayetteville, AR, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Hard to put down"

    Conflict of Interest interested me from the very beginning. The characters were well drawn and each had enough good and bad to keep you interested. No one was able to keep on a white or a black hat for long. The plot continued to unfold to the very end. And while some of the mysteries were a little easy to anticipate, it is a credit to the author that he could keep your interest even if your suspicions were well founded time after time. This book gave me more driveway/garage moments that I have had in a while. The narrator was different from what you usually get in mysteries and thrillers but was a welcome relief from the norm. It's not great literature and probably not an instructional manual for courtroom behavior but it is a good listen.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 12-30-11
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 12-30-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent debut. Can't wait for #2."

    Thank you, Audible, for recommending this debut thriller. It was well written. Full of unexpected but mostly believable twists. Amusing without the humor getting in the way. Excellently read. Hope Mr. Mitzner is a fast writer.

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    C. Byrnes Kissimmee, FL United States 01-03-12
    C. Byrnes Kissimmee, FL United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2008

    Christine

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    "Great New Author."

    I'll admit I give up on so many audiobooks due to my tendency to allow my mind to wander. If a story doesn't grab me in the first 10 minutes, I am done with it. Not so with A Conflict of Interest. It got me right away and held my attention until the very end. The narrator was great but it is the author that deserves the praise. I look forward to Mr. Mitzer's future work.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Hollie pittsburgh, PA, United States 12-31-11
    Hollie pittsburgh, PA, United States 12-31-11 Member Since 2005
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    What made the experience of listening to A Conflict of Interest the most enjoyable?

    It was a pleasantly written story with enough technical information to keep it interesting but not too technical. It was a good story. I found it entertaining yet real from a legal standpoint, with enough twists to keep the listener on their toes! Will watch for this authors next one!


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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
  • sharon
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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..

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