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A Conflict of Interest

A Conflict of Interest

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by Adam Mitzner

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Now in mass market paperback, the stunning debut novel of suspense from a “gifted writer” with a “long and successful career ahead of him” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

At thirty-five, criminal defense attorney Alex Miller is the youngest partner at New York City’s most prestigious law firm, with the life


Now in mass market paperback, the stunning debut novel of suspense from a “gifted writer” with a “long and successful career ahead of him” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

At thirty-five, criminal defense attorney Alex Miller is the youngest partner at New York City’s most prestigious law firm, with the life he’s always dreamed of. 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 a high-profile financial scam involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

When Alex takes on Ohlig’s defense, secrets are revealed that force Alex to question the motives of all the people in his life. 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, pulse-pounding tension, and strong cast of characters, A Conflict of Interest will captivate readers until its electrifying conclusion.

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Publishers Weekly
Mitzner's assured debut, a legal thriller, compares favorably to Presumed Innocent, though the plot is less complex than Turow's. Alex Miller, a criminal defense attorney at Cromwell Altman in New York City, meets an old friend of his parents, Michael Ohlig, at his father's funeral in Florida. Ohlig, the head of a boutique brokerage firm, asks for Miller's help. His firm stands accused of selling stock in a startup company he knew was worthless. Miller, who's convinced his client is innocent despite the contrary evidence, pours himself into Ohlig's defense, a time commitment that strains the ties to his devoted wife, Elizabeth. His law firm's assigning Miller a gorgeous senior associate, Abby Sloane, to assist him doesn't help. Mitzner tosses in a number of twists, but his strength lies in his characters and his unflinching depiction of relationships in crisis. This gifted writer should have a long and successful career ahead of him. (May)
Kirkus Reviews

A debut novel that combines the politics of big law firms, securities fraud and illicit affairs.

Mitzner's tale follows the story of Alex Miller, who shares the author's initials and occupation: defense attorney. Miller, married to Elizabeth and father to 5-year-old Charlotte, works for one of those huge law firms that expects its employees to work nearly around the clock. When Alex's father dies, his father's closest friend, Michael Ohlig, a wealthy securities trader, asks for Alex's help. Ohlig expects to be indicted for securities fraud and wants Alex and his firm to represent him. Alex agrees, and Michael ponies up the $2 million retainer. Then beautiful Abby Sloane is assigned to the case as Alex's second and the situation get predictably complicated from every angle: Alex finds himself drawn to her, the case heats up and things get personal with his mother, who has not been herself since her husband died. When everything starts slipping out of control, Alex faces both a personal challenge and a startling truth. The first half of the book reads like a tutorial on the operation of a big-city law firm. The author goes into dreary detail about every aspect of the securities case, even naming all of the associating attorneys and their clients, despite the fact that most of them never really surface again. Mitzner also has a tendency to over-explain the inner workings of the system from the lawyer's point of view with the result that the first half reads more like a legal text than a work of fiction. In fact, the first chapters are so weighted down with legalese and filler (every meeting has a buffet, and the author provides a faithful rendition of the food choices) that the story surfaces as an afterthought. It's not until the Mitzner moves past the securities phase that Alex becomes interesting and the story line picks up speed. Most readers aren't going to wade through the first part to get to the second, which is a shame because that's when the real storytelling begins.

A lukewarm legal tale that only comes alive in the second half.

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Meet the Author

Adam Mitzner, a lawyer by day, is the author of Losing Faith, A Case of Redemption, and A Conflict of Interest. He lives with his family in New York City.

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A Conflict of Interest 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this on my Nook. Excellent read, can't wait for his next book. Love the Nook too.
heyjudeJM More than 1 year ago
I was surprised. I liked him.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is jut one of two really terrific novels by Adam Mitzner. Great story lines, fantastic characters and totally entertaining material made this novel - and the one that follows - a great read. So happy to have found another great writer. Genuinely looking forward to reading more from Adam Mitzner!
Atthebeach More than 1 year ago
Really great legal thriller. Not high literature, but an engrossing read with mystery and good plot. Really like this new author. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent well written novel. This author really knows how to keep the readers captivated from the first sentence on the first page to the last sentence in the final page. The revelations will completly stun you. This book deserves six stars. A highly recommended read, enjoy.
gutdoc More than 1 year ago
Excellently written legal novel with plenty of twists to keep the interest up. Interesting characters and interesting plot(s).
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Kat110 More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! I could not put it down. Adding this author to my list of favorites!
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BeautyBriteReviews More than 1 year ago
At first glance of A Conflict of Interest, I jumped at the opportunity to read this book. I wanted to read it because my husband loves reading law and learning law, he is studying Criminal Justice and then wants to go to law school (we live 5 minutes from his dream law school). About 1/3 of the way into the book, you'll learn the meaning behind the title of the book. A Conflict of Interest is full of secrets and lies that make you question every character in this book. All throughout, I wondered why any of the characters did what they did. Their reasoning behind their actions are revealed and it all begins to make sense. A Conflict of Interest is Adam Mitzner's first novel, and he's a master at keeping the reader immersed within the pages of his book. I did not agree with some of the decisions Alex Miller made, nor the actions he took. There were times that I pitied him and others that I despised him. Sometimes I felt he got what he deserved but then I'd root for him to all work out for the best. I could see A Conflict of Interest made into a movie or even a mini series. The characters were relatable and real to me. After reading the book, I can understand why each character did what they did. They each had their secrets that eventually came out and the characters faced them. There were twists and turns that kept my interest. I read this book in less than 3 days, since I didn't want to put it down. The novel, A Conflict of Interest in a page turner that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
AAR More than 1 year ago
A CONFLICT OF INTEREST by Adam Mitzner is an exciting debut thriller. It is well written with depth and details.The cast of characters are strong engaging,intersting and will keep you turning the page.The plot while confusing at times is easy to follow.Alex Miller,a criminal defense lawyer finds that the live he imagined is about to fall apart. Michael Ohlig,an old family friend who to Alex seems like a myth appears to ask Alex for his help in a serious legal matter.Alex's father dies suddenly and a few months later his mother dies mysteriously. Alex has an affair with a co-worker,his marriage has become murdane,he will lose his job for this affair and will find out the truth behind numerous secrets.As secrets are revealed Alex must face the question if the people in his life are truly who they appear to be. This is a fast paced,page turning story of betrayal,secrets,family,twist,turns,trust and change. A Conflict of Interest will not only captivate its readers it will also bring them to an unexpected conclusion.A must read for any and all mystery,suspense,and thriller fans.This book is an amazing debut and this author is an author to watch out for.If you enjoy authors such as John Grisham and Scott Turow,for I have read them both you will enjoy this author also.This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster and My Book Addiction and More.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had planned to take A Conflict of Interest away with me for Memorial Day weekend, but after reading the first few pages, I couldn't put it down. It has been at least 10 years since I read a Grisham or Turow legal thriller. Narrative non-fiction is generally my preferred genre, but something about this book drew me back. Book plots today are usually so foreseeable, but not this one. A Conflict of Interest includes unpredictable twists and turns (don't read ahead or you'll ruin it for yourself) that thrilled the cynic in me. I loved it! Now I need to get another book for my weekend away.