A Conflict of Interest

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“MORE TWISTS THAN A CALIFORNIA CLOVERLEAF INTERCHANGE.” — Bookreporter

Adam Mitzner is a rising star in the world of legal thrillers.
In his breakneck debut, an idealistic young attorney’s gamble with the truth becomes a high-stakes game of secrets and lies.

Criminal defense attorney Alex Miller has the life he’s always dreamed of: a loving and patient wife, a beautiful daughter, and a career as the youngest partner in one of the most powerful ...

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Overview

“MORE TWISTS THAN A CALIFORNIA CLOVERLEAF INTERCHANGE.” — Bookreporter

Adam Mitzner is a rising star in the world of legal thrillers.
In his breakneck debut, an idealistic young attorney’s gamble with the truth becomes a high-stakes game of secrets and lies.

Criminal defense attorney Alex Miller has the life he’s always dreamed of: a loving and patient wife, a beautiful daughter, and a career as the youngest partner in one of the most powerful law firms in New York City. At his father’s funeral, Alex meets a wealthy and mysterious family friend who requests his representation in a high-profile criminal investigation of an alleged brokerage scam that has cost investors hundreds of millions of dollars. The shocking facts of the case propel Alex to unscrupulous depths in a desperate search for the truth, forcing him to confront a past defined by deception and a future in jeopardy. One false step will close the case on Alex and everything he holds dear forever.

“PULLS YOU IN DEEPER AND DEEPER. . . . IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THIS IS MITZNER’S FIRST NOVEL. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” — seattlepi.com

“THIS GIFTED WRITER SHOULD HAVE A LONG AND SUCCESSFUL CAREER AHEAD OF HIM.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Editorial Reviews

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)
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“MASTERFUL PLOTTING. . . . SHAKES YOUR BEST GUESSES AND PUNCHES YOU IN THE GUT.” —Perri O’Shaughnessy

“MORE TWISTS THAN A CALIFORNIA CLOVERLEAF INTERCHANGE.” —Bookreporter

“PULLS YOU IN DEEPER AND DEEPER. . . . IT’S HARD TO BELIEVETHIS IS MITZNER’S FIRST NOVEL. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” —seattlepi.com

“THIS GIFTED WRITER SHOULD HAVE A LONG AND SUCCESSFUL CAREERAHEAD OF HIM.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A PAGE-TURNER WITH DEEPLY FLAWED HEROES, SYMPATHETICVILLAINS, AND TOTALLY UNEXPECTED TWISTS. I LOVED IT!” —Alan Dershowitz

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480563346
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Mitzner is an attorney living in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2011

    Loved it

    Read this on my Nook. Excellent read, can't wait for his next book. Love the Nook too.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2014

    Terrific!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2014

    Really great legal thriller. Not high literature, but an engross

    Really great legal thriller. Not high literature, but an engrossing read with mystery and good plot. Really like this new author. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

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    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2012

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    Fun!

    Excellently written legal novel with plenty of twists to keep the interest up. Interesting characters and interesting plot(s).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

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    his is a powerful character driven thriller

    In New York, thirtyish criminal defense lawyer Alex Miller works long hours but feels it is worth the reward. He is the Cromwell Altman's youngest partner, has a beloved wife Elizabeth who understands his hours and a beautiful daughter who he adores.

    At his father's funeral in Florida, Alex meets the family friend legendary Michael Ohlig. The affluent Ohlig retains Alex as his firm's attorney. The client explains that his boutique brokerage firm is accused of selling worthless stock in a startup company that Ohlig allegedly knew would fail. Although the evidence says otherwise, Alex believes Michael is innocent so he throws even more time into the defense as Elizabeth becomes irritated with his fully ignoring their child and her while spending all his time with beautiful senior associate, Abby Sloane.

    This is a powerful character driven thriller as Alex ignores A Conflict of Interests that he acknowledges may taint his belief in Michael's innocence, but obsessively needs to know the truth about his family. The story line is fast-paced with a profound focus on Michael's prime relationships with his wife and their daughter, his parents, his client, his associate, and the firm. With stunning twists Adam Mitzner provides an exciting legal thriller with a close in person look at a fixated attorney.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2013

    Awesome book! I could not put it down. Adding this author to my

    Awesome book! I could not put it down.
    Adding this author to my list of favorites!

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

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    This offering is a novel that will keep you interested by a fair

    This offering is a novel that will keep you interested by a fairly new author who really knows his subject.

    The story begins in Florida, where Alex Miller, a Criminal Defense Attorney has travelled, to attend the funeral of his father. Alex meets an old friend of his father’s, Michael Ohlig, who now runs a brokerage firm in Florida and is about to be investigated by the Government for his business practices. After speaking to Ohlig, Alex decides to represent him in court, if it should go that far.

    This case is about a ruthless scam that has cost Ohlig's investors millions of dollars and this defendant is so self absorbed that he firmly believes he is innocent. The man is extremely slippery in his dealings with others, most especially his lawyers. Alex prefers to think that his client is innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, the rest of the legal eagles on the defense team are a bit more cynical, including a beautiful and very smart lady lawyer, who is a close colleague of Alex’s. This is not your usual securities fraud case (like the movie Wall Street). The lawyers work to free Ohlig and when the case is finished, Alex gets some very bad news. His mother has died mysteriously and he is thrown back into ‘investigative mode’ of a whole different kind.

    It seems that the ever present Michael Ohlig is somehow involved in the case of Alex’s mother’s death and a different court case comes into the foreground blaming Ohlig for murder. This brings the reader into one of the most attention-getting conclusions this reviewer has ever read. While reading this book, it was almost impossible to believe that this was a first attempt by this author. It is a definite keeper and readers will look forward to the next Mitzner book with anticipation.

    Quill Says: This novel will not let the reader rest. As soon as one problem is settled another will pop up with gusto.

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

    Could not put this book down!

    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.

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

    RATING:4.5! AN AMAZING,EXCITING THRILLER FROM A DEBUT AUTHOR! A CONFLICT OF INTEREST BY ADAM MITZNER...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2011

    A Real Page Turner!

    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.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

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    Excellent legal thriller!

    A story ripped from the headlines: "Brokerage firm bilks seniors out of life savings with worthless stock." Or is it as simple as that? Could the prosecution have an ulterior motive? Adam Mitzner takes his readers on a page-turning, winding road to get to the ultimate truth. Alex Miller is an important lawyer who always wants to believe in the innocence of his client. Michael Ohlig is an old friend of the family who needs help, but, he doesn't want Alex to tell his parents that he will be representing him. Why not? What possible harm could come from telling his family? From the beginning, the relationship between Adam and Michael has its secrets. Secrets that could either free or convict Michael; secrets that could shake Adam to his core. Is Michael the corrupt swindler the prosecution claims? Is he innocent? Or does the truth lie somewhere in the middle. This legal thriller will grab you from the beginning and leave you wanting more from this author at the end.

    Adam Mitzner has a hit on his hands! His characters and storyline kept me reading and guessing. I enjoyed the bantering in the law office, but also the description of the toll it takes on families and lives when someone forgets that there is more to life than a career. I love psychological legal thrillers, and this one didn't disappoint me. I can't wait to read more by this author. Thank you FSB Media for the opportunity to read and review this book!

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