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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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    Miss Irene Portland OR 12-24-11
    Miss Irene Portland OR 12-24-11 Member Since 2015

    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.

    68 of 78 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 10-09-14
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 10-09-14 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "Legal THRILLER? Not! Good Listen? YES!"

    This novel is categorized as "mystery/thriller - legal thriller" but it seems that is a bit of an exaggeration. It has plenty of mystery and much, much court room drama, but I could not find the "thriller" element of the story. In fact, the story is told in a calm, matter-of-fact way that reduces any anxiety or thrill that might have come along.

    That said, it is a very good legal/court room drama story with numerous plot twists that will keep you listening. In this one, a litigator (white shoe law firm partner, husband, son, father) finds himself in the midst of a host of dilemmas, including representation of a family friend whom he distrusts and despises, infidelity, lying under oath, suicide/re-murder questions, and more.

    I liked David Ledoux's narration very much and enjoyed the way the story developed. It was not a nail-biter by any means, but did get a gasp or two from me near the end of the story as surprising new twists are revealed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mel USA 04-26-12
    Mel USA 04-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    "My 2 Cents"

    (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.

    73 of 85 people found this review helpful
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    Snoodely 08-17-12
    Snoodely 08-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Pretty good start ..."
    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 2013

    I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.

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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!

    119 of 142 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 12-28-11
    Mary 12-28-11
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    "Captivating Plot"
    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.

    23 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Kurt Dorr, Mi, United States 12-28-11
    Kurt Dorr, Mi, United States 12-28-11 Member Since 2015
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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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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 12-30-11
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 12-30-11 Member Since 2015
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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.

    41 of 50 people found this review helpful
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    Livelightly 02-21-13
    Livelightly 02-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Legal procedural"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Conflict of Interest to be better than the print version?

    Never read it in print, but the narration was very good, despite failure to convey female voice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Should say Abby - but she was left incomplete


    What about David LeDoux’s performance did you like?

    understated, and a bit self-critical


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    made me want the next one, which I gather will be in May


    Any additional comments?

    not bad at all

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    kathy jasper, GA, United States 02-04-12
    kathy jasper, GA, United States 02-04-12 Member Since 2013

    I started listening to audiobooks to help with my commute to work. I now listen to books while I sew and do my crafts.

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    "Excellent First Book!"

    I enjoy reading authors first books. They are either a hit or a miss. This book is a hit. Unlike other legal thrillers, (John Grisham ...), this story is believable. No thugs chasing the good guys,bugging their homes, and killing innocent people.The characters are your next door neighbors. The crimes(unfortunately), are everyday and easy to understand. The narrator is pleasant to listen to. I completed the book in two days because I needed to know where the story was heading. The twists in the book come from the intellect of the characters. I am eager to read his next book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Sue
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    9/2/12
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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
  • Macwoman
    Leamington Spa, England
    6/13/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K. R. Fellows
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    "Legal thriller or emotional tedium?"
    Where does A Conflict of Interest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Upper quartile


    What did you like best about this story?

    The court scenes


    What does David LeDoux bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Classy performance


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Unjust deserts


    Any additional comments?

    A very Grisham like story but marred by the American obsession to pad things out with tedious emotional introspection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sharon
    Falmouth, United Kingdom
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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..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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