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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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EXCELLENT!

I had never heard of this author before, so I had no clue what I was in for. I only read the description of the story and saw the excellent reviews. I enjoy legal thrillers and this book proved to be one of the better ones that I've read. I will now be adding Adam Mitzner to my short list of favorite authors and reading all of his other works.

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Good but had some dry points

For the most part it was a good bold. But not great. Can't say it keep me on the edge of my seat but I did Continue to listen to it

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Just blah

What did you like best about A Conflict of Interest? What did you like least?

Stated to build interest then shoved the end at you. Felt like I was reading 3 short stories instead of a book. Never finished the characters, you neither like them or hate them...just blah.

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

Gave the story depth. Maybe instead of having so many characters, concentrate on just a couple.

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

Still don't know any well enough to say.

Do you think A Conflict of Interest needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

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  • Ellen
  • Westport, MA
  • 04-28-15

3.9 stars

What did you love best about A Conflict of Interest?

3.9 stars - I thoroughly enjoyed Adam Mitzner's 2nd book A Case of Redemption and was looking forward to reading this, his first, however the library didn't have it. Well, I waited a year and the statewide system never acquired it either, so as his 3rd is now published to good reviews, I decided to cough up one of my audible.com credits to purchase A Conflict of Interest. Full Disclosure: I hold books I have to purchase to a higher standard than those I get free -- very unfair I know!!LOL But that's how I roll..... A Conflict of Interest is very good and as the jacket says - reminiscent of Scott Turrow's early work. I took off 1star because I saw the ending coming a mile away. I took of 1/10 of a star because I just did not like the main character. I definitely recommend this if you are looking for a good courtroom drama

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Tame

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I don't know much about Adam Mitzner or his background.
However as I listened to Conflict of Interest I couldn't help feeling that he had knowledge of how some big law firms operate, had read the works of other authors who had success writing legal thrillers and got the idea "Hey I can do that !"
Some parts of the book are really good, but I was left feeling that he was trying to do too much, there was never any doubt what was going to happen next and I ended up not really caring about the main characters.
They all just became people in suits doing what many people in suits do, most of the time dull things that hold little or no interest to me and in this book to them.

What was most disappointing about Adam Mitzner’s story?

For me it was like a diet of over priced rubber chicken dinners.
You kept hoping, kept wishing that the next bite would have some flavor, some taste. But it just didn't happen

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

As a rule I listen on my way too and from work, an hour each way.
A good book with great narration will see me sitting in the parking lot waiting till the very last minute to finally go to work.
Sadly this just didn't happen, I was never that engaged, never warmed up to the book or the narrator.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I hope not.
I feel that I'd come away feeling that I would have wasted both my time and money.

Any additional comments?

A story about dull people doing dull mundane tasks, with no real hero no real depth.
I'm no quitter, once I start I tend to stick with it till the end.
I stuck with this one and came away not feeling anything not even empty.

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nice surprise

Love the two cases in the book. We usually only get one case, but the two works.

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an interesting mix of flawed characters

Yes, this is not a thriller - but it is a compelling listen. It's really more about the characters than the actions or crimes......in fact, in one criminal situation, I found myself wondering aloud, several times, about a key piece of information that no one in the book seemed to think was interesting or worth pursuing. Definitely not about the crimes, the prosecution, or the daily lives of the lawyers involved -- Turow or Grisham do that better, and I think I might download one of those next.

This book was a kind of impulse buy for me and I wasn't disappointed, but not thrilled either. The book is filled with flawed and damaged people who don't seem to realize they are either flawed or damaged. They go about their business thinking they are right and justifying their actions to themselves, and that's part of what is kind of compelling about the story (as well as the very good narration by David LeDoux). Even the characters that are supposed to be the saintly touchstones of the story. Whether they are lying, defrauding, blaming, cheating, committing perjury, or withholding damning information, they all think their "good" reason will cleanse them of the guilt others would place upon them. They convince others to buy into their reasoning, and blindly think it will lead them to the happiness they think justifies it all.

Fascinating, but not at all what the book purports to be about, and not what any publisher or marketer thinks will sell the book.

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Excellent. Gripping story line

Listened to this three times. Really enjoyed the reader. The story itself is just good good. Will most likely listen to it again.

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  • Faye
  • Canada
  • 02-28-15

GREAT STORY but narration was distracting

Would you try another book from Adam Mitzner and/or David LeDoux?

I would definitely read another book from Adam Mitzner. Sometimes a person can get a feel for the path a book is going down and a couple times I thought I did only to find out I was way off. I like this .. I definitely did not see the ending coming. I found this book very entertaining and would definitely seek others by this author.

Would you be willing to try another one of David LeDoux’s performances?

I don't think so ... Sorry David but there was WAY too much EMPAsis in this BOOK that IT was diffiCULT to mainTAIN focus on the STORYline. I don't know if this is David's style of reading but I found it very distracting. Some emphasis is great and adds to a story but in this book it was waaaay too often. Depiction of the main character was good. However some of the others were a little off.

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Slow, tedious, not satisfying

Alex is a corporate lawyer. His father's friend is accused of financial misdemeanour, so Alex represents him. There's a long (a better word would be loooong) legal battle, followed by a twist or two in the tale.
I didn't like the book. On several occasions I was on the brink of abandoning it altogether. I persisted only because I'd spent money on this one. Audible allows you to return books you don't like, but since I had recently returned one I didn't think it fair to return another so soon. So I soldiered on. It became bearable once I mastered the skill of jumping pages: easy in a paper book, takes some doing in an audiobook. I took two months to finish it (my usual time for a Connelly is 3 days).
I'll try to explain why I didn't like the book. Try: writing isn't my greatest strength.
1. The story is too simple. There's no time where the plot becomes clever. I don't expect every writer to have the genius of Higashino, but this is the sort of plot that a 60-year-old fogey like me, advanced cerebral atrophy and all, could have thought out during my morning ablutions.
2. The pace is painfully slow. I was frequently reminded of the phrase "it's like being stoned to death with popcorn".
3. I just didn't like the extramarital affair that the protagonist was carrying on. If this was the writer's way of showing that our hero is only human, it's a bad way, in my opinion. The affair's contribution to the plot was exactly zero point zero: what a waste of time!
The narration was quite good, actually.
Will I read Mitzner again? Probably yes, since so many people have praised this book. Maybe he's good, and maybe I was going through a bad patch.

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