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Publisher's Summary

Earphones Award Winner (AudioFile Magazine)

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.

Critic Reviews

"This outstanding first novel follows Defense Attorney Alex Miller and his young family through the grinding world of high-priced criminal defense in New York City, detailing what can happen to an otherwise nice guy. David LeDoux's minimalist narration style works well. He imbues all the characters with a distinctive sound and unique persona." (AudioFile)
"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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  • cristina
  • Somerville, MA, United States
  • 12-30-11

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.

43 of 52 people found this review helpful

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Finally! A New Great Legal Novel

Would you listen to A Conflict of Interest again? Why?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The wife.

What about David LeDoux’s performance did you like?

He nailed it.

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

Exposure-the price we pay.

Any additional comments?

Loved it!!!!!

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Nancy F.
  • Sierra Foothills, Northern CA
  • 08-16-13

Oh Pulleeeese! Skip this one.

First, I'm really surprised that I chose to finish this book. Self flagellation??

I could summarize the plot, but instead let me just say there isn't one likable character in this whole book. To make it even worse none of them are interesting enough to even be considered as unlikable. The plot plods. The courtroom drama scenes (which are usually my most favorite part of legal dramas) hang between dull and predictable.

One of favorite reviewers (Richard from San Anselmo) says it best. For more elucidation on why to skip this book, please see his insightful and funny review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Debora
  • Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • 11-25-12

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • MEMcL
  • Carlsbad, CA
  • 11-21-12

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.

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  • christine
  • Miami, FL, United States
  • 09-10-12

Enjoyable and enthralling

I decided to widen my genres of listens and gave this book a try.
It was truly enjoyable and kept me enthralled from start to finish.
The narrator was excellent and I enjoyed quite a few surprises
and chuckles along the way!

worth a listen!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A Little Predictable, But Still A Good Listen

After listening to the first chapter for free I used a credit to purchase this book. I'm not disappointed to have done so. I would have rated the book slightly higher, perhaps four and a half, but not five stars. The narrator did at times get a little on my nerves, but I thought he represented the main character, Alex Miller, quite well. He definitely sounds like a male, 30-something New Yorker, with above-average intelligence. The story, though a little predictable, did manage to hold my interest and I found myself really wanting to listen to find out if what I thought was going to happen, really did happen. The villain was sort of likeable, in a "you're not completely sure if he's guilty" kind of way and Alex Miller is also likeable in spite of his obvious character flaws. I would read/listen to future releases by Adam Mitzner.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful