A Case of Redemption [NOOK Book]

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Dan Sorenson was once a high-powered New York defense attorney . . . but that was before a horrifying accident killed the two most important people in his life. As he approaches rock bottom, Dan is unexpectedly offered the opportunity of a lifetime: defend an up-and-coming rapper who swears he’s innocent of the brutal slaying of his pop star girlfriend. Dan realizes that this may be his only hope to put his own life back on track, but as he ...
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Overview

Dan Sorenson was once a high-powered New York defense attorney . . . but that was before a horrifying accident killed the two most important people in his life. As he approaches rock bottom, Dan is unexpectedly offered the opportunity of a lifetime: defend an up-and-coming rapper who swears he’s innocent of the brutal slaying of his pop star girlfriend. Dan realizes that this may be his only hope to put his own life back on track, but as he delves deeper into the case, he learns that atonement comes at a very steep price.

A powerful and riveting new voice in fiction, Adam Mitzner pulls out all the stops in his follow-up to the highly acclaimed A Conflict of Interest—a gritty, sophisticated thriller that will draw fans of Scott Turow and John Grisham into a world of relentless suspense.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
New York City attorney Dan Sorenson seeks redemption in Mitzner’s compelling legal thriller, his second after 2011’s A Conflict of Interest. When his wife and daughter die in a car accident, Sorenson stops practicing law and starts hitting the bottle. A chance encounter at a Christmas party provides him the opportunity to get his life back together. Nina Harrington, an associate at a firm representing Capital Punishment Records, asks for his help on a murder case. Legally Dead, a rapper represented by the label, is accused of bashing in the head of his music megastar girlfriend, Roxanne, with a baseball bat. Given that one of Legally Dead’s songs is about beating a singer to death with a baseball bat, public sentiment is against him. Believing in his client’s innocence, Sorenson pursues a vigorous defense centered on identifying the real killer. The storyline lacks the richness of the best in the genre, but is still head-and-shoulders above most. Agent: Scott Miller, Trident Media Group. (May)
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"Ah, the crucible of the courtroom! Adam Mitzner understands its appeal so very well. Devotees of legal suspense will find themselves happily at home, zinging with the intrigue, reeling with the twists, and ultimately well fed with a satisfying (if shocking) resolution. And if you've been away from the fictional halls of justice for too long, A CASE OF REDEMPTION is where you need to come back."

"Mitzner's courtroom drama is Grisham-like in suspenseful before-the-bench action....a wicked ride, with more loops and flips than Coney Island's Cyclone."

Perri O’Shaughnessy
"A heady combination of Patricia Highsmith and Scott Turow, here’s psychological and legal suspense at its finest. Adam Mitzner’s masterful plotting begins on tiptoe and morphs into a sweaty gallop, with ambiguity of character that shakes your best guesses, and twists that punch you in the gut. This novel packs it. A terrific read!"
The New York Observer
"This noirish tale... is sure to keep you riveted from start to finish."
PerriO’Shaughnessy

"A heady combination of Patricia Highsmith and Scott Turow, here’s psychological and legal suspense at its finest. Adam Mitzner’s masterful plotting begins on tiptoe and morphs into a sweaty gallop, with ambiguity of character that shakes your best guesses, and twists that punch you in the gut. This novel packs it. A terrific read!"
Perri O’Shaughnessy
"A heady combination of Patricia Highsmith and Scott Turow, here’s psychological and legal suspense at its finest. Adam Mitzner’s masterful plotting begins on tiptoe and morphs into a sweaty gallop, with ambiguity of character that shakes your best guesses, and twists that punch you in the gut. This novel packs it. A terrific read!"
seattlepi.com
"Pulls you in deeper and deeper . . . It's hard to believe this is Mitzner's first novel. You will not be disappointed."
Bookreporter
"More twists than a California cloverleaf interchange."
Alan Dershowitz
"Adam Mitzner combines the real world insights of an experienced litigator with the imaginative flair of a fine novelist to produce a page-turner with deeply flawed heroes, sympathetic villains, and totally unexpected twists. I loved it"
Jamie Mason
"Ah, the crucible of the courtroom! Adam Mitzner understands its appeal so very well. Devotees of legal suspense will find themselves happily at home, zinging with the intrigue, reeling with the twists, and ultimately well fed with a satisfying (if shocking) resolution. And if you've been away from the fictional halls of justice for too long, A CASE OF REDEMPTION is where you need to come back."
Kirkus Reviews
"[W]hen you help a rapist get acquitted and your wife and daughter are killed the next day, it's awfully hard to convince yourself that karma doesn't exist," muses Dan Sorenson in Mitzner's (A Conflict of Interest, 2011) second legal thriller. After resigning from a prestigious NYC law firm following the death of his wife and daughter at the hands of a drunken driver, Sorenson spent 18 months drowning his guilt and grief in whiskey. That accident happened after Sorenson's successful defense of Darrius Macy, NFL Super Bowl hero. Now he's been confronted by Nina Harrington, a young attorney. Harrington is resigning from another prestigious firm to defend Legally Dead, a rapper incarcerated for the murder of Roxanne, a rising pop star. She's certain of his innocence. Harrington inveigles Sorenson into interviewing the rapper at Rikers Island. Legally Dead has fired Marcus Jackson, prominent African-American attorney, because Jackson suggested plea negotiation. Mitzner, a Big Apple attorney himself, isn't afraid to employ the headliners as tropes--Jackson could be Cochran, Roxanne is Taylor Swift-ian, and Legally Dead and Darrius Macy could be edgy celebrities like Chris Brown and Ben Roethlisberger. Given he neglected his family pursuing the brass ring of celebrity, Sorenson's emotional collapse is nicely realized, especially considering his moral quandary upon learning Macy lied about his innocence; so also is Sorenson's perception of the new case as possible redemption. Despite Harrington's tangled love life and ultimate motivation, she and other characters--Brooks, monomaniacal record mogul; Nuts, Legally Dead's friend; grandstanding Judge Pielmeier--are more one-dimensional. Nevertheless, Mitzner's courtroom drama is Grisham-like in suspenseful before-the-bench action. The book is plot-driven, and it's a wicked ride, with more loops and flips than Coney Island's Cyclone, right up to the surprise-and-bigger-surprise denouement--one leaving open the possibility Sorenson might reprise his role as the go-to guy when a celebrity needs a mouthpiece. Law and Order-like twist-and-turn, moral-quandary suspense needing only the echoing cell door sound effect.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451674811
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 5/14/2013
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 27,110
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Adam Mitzner is a practicing defense attorney and the author of A Case of Redemption and A Conflict of Interest, one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of 2011. He lives in New York City.
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  • Posted June 3, 2013

    A Case of Redemption is the second book that I've reviewed for A

    A Case of Redemption is the second book that I've reviewed for Adam Metzger and he has proven once again that his literary skills are sharp, intriguing, captivating, and suspenseful. Adam's novel starts out early with a verse of a song:

    Gonna stop you when you sing, gonna give it till you scream; don't like what you said, gonna go A-Rod on your head.

    Legally Dead, "A-Rod"
    From the song "A-Rod," lyrics and music by Legally Dead.

    The composer of this song, Legally Dead, finds himself arrested for murder ... a murder committed just like the lyrics of his song. Metzger is able to keep a gossamer veil over the innocence or the guilt of Legally Dead throughout the twisting tale of motives and deceptions. This adds to the suspense and kept me turning the electronic pages throughout the night. At times I thought Legally Dead was the evil murderer and then I would feel he was nothing more than a scapegoat for the crime. This back and fourth dilemma between innocence and guilty was like a fast paced ping pong tournament only played out in this captivating who-done-it mystery novel.

    Adam is able to bring the characters to life with descriptive language and personal faults that allow the characters the leap off of the pages into the gray matter of my mind.

    Adam stated at the end of this novel that this novel was more difficult to write because he knew more people would be reading this one other friends and family and for that reason he felt the pressure. I assure you that Adam may have felt pressure and he may have found this one more difficult to write, but if that is what it takes to bring to life a superbly written novel then I hope Adam feels more pressure to keep turning out novel after novel as I am hungry to read his next one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2013

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    Dan Sorensen is living the life of a dead man for all intensive

    Dan Sorensen is living the life of a dead man for all intensive purposes his wife is dead his daughter is dead in a fatal car accident, he left his high profile lawyer career and now wallows in his misery with a good scotch!

    When he meets Nina Harrington and promises her to meet Legally Dead a rap artist who's on trial for murder. Things arise that make Dan question whether his client is guilty or innocent. Did he really kill his girlfriend with a baseball bat as his hit song claims or is he innocent as he claims?

    Mixed in with this book is watching Dan overcome his grief and move on from his late wife. He's becoming more in control of his drinking and doing somewhat more normal things than he was in the beginning of the book. No longer seeking scotch to make things better, he actually can get through the day without wallowing in his heartache.

    This book had so many twists and turns and points where the defense was headed no where in reality it was all over the place, and I couldn't have predicted that ending at all, what a great story teller Mr. Mitzner is this is the second book I've read by him and again he had me guessing up til the end! Well Done!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2013

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    Dan Sorenson was a high profile attorney at a big New York firm

    Dan Sorenson was a high profile attorney at a big New York firm spending 12-16 hours a day working. Then the unthinkable happened. His wife and daughter were killed in a horrifying auto accident.  He quits the law firm and spends 18 months wallowing in his grief. Drinking so much that he blacks out and forgets hours of time.




    At a party he meets someone who can give him the opportunity of a lifetime, a way to start over, but first he has to have them explain the whole idea again as he barely remembers the meeting.




    An up and coming rapper has been accused of killing his pop star “girlfriend”. He swears he is innocent but the press has the story on every front page  so defending him will be an upward climb. He is not sure he is ready just a huge case. He also realizes this could be his last chance to get his life back on track. In a way he needs this client as much as his client needs him.





    Oh this story is like a ride on a tilt-o-whirl. Full of twists and spins and plenty of excitement.




    I love the way Mitzner creates characters readers will love even the ones we love to hate. Defending L.D. takes over Sorenson’s life. Nina was the calming influence he needed. J. D. has a past that has to be clarified and clarified again. The prosecuting attorney was a strong woman just doing her job. The trial judge adds a little humor to the story.




    Told from Sorenson’s point of view readers have the “you are there” feeling.  The story builds and builds at a perfect pace leading up to the trial but I can’t tell you more you have to read it for yourself. Just know the pages
     will be flying.




    Fans of Grisham and Turow will love Mitzner. With just two books out he is definitely an author to watch. I can’t wait until his next book. Will Dan Sorenson pop up again? I sure hope so!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    A Real Page Turner . . . Loved it!  I had read Adam Mitzner¿s f

    A Real Page Turner . . .

    Loved it!  I had read Adam Mitzner’s first book (A Conflict of Interest) so it was a no brainer when A Case of Redemption came out.  It was a good mix of sympathetic and “love to hate” characters. The story was like a luge of twists and turns, and it kept me hooked until the ending (do not read ahead) which I have to say, I did not expect.  Kudos to Mitzner again!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Enjoyable Characters, but Far-fetched Dilemmas

    Decent twists throughout the latter half. Sped by some details once the "attorney" aspects picked up. Worth it for under $10

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    WOW!!!!

    Can't wait for the next book. Gives Grishom a lot of competition. Well done, Adam Mitzner!

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  • Posted May 25, 2014

    Read this right after reading Mintzner's first book----both real

    Read this right after reading Mintzner's first book----both really great legal thrillers. Might even like this one a little better than the first, but both great reads. Good plot, mystery, blind curves, surprises at the end. Does a good job of explaining how trials really work. Love his treatment of the judge, jury selection, etc. Not just a good beach read, it's a really good read.

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    Posted June 16, 2013

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