Dead Certain

Dead Certain

by Adam Mitzner

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Ella Broden is living a double life.

By day, Ella works as a buttoned-up attorney on some of the city’s most grueling cases. By night, she pursues her passion for singing in the darkest clubs of Manhattan.

No one knows her secret, not even Charlotte, the younger sister she practically raised. But it seems she’s not the only one in the family with something to hide. When Charlotte announces she’s sold her first novel, Ella couldn’t be more thrilled…until she gets a call that her sister’s gone missing.

Ella starts investigating with the help of Detective Gabriel Velasquez, an old flame in the NYPD, and what she finds is shocking. If art imitates life, then her sister’s novel may contain details of her real-life affairs. And any one of her lovers could be involved in her disappearance.

Desperate to bring Charlotte home, Ella works through her list of suspects, matching fictitious characters with flesh-and-blood men. But will it be too late to save the sister she only thought she knew?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477822593
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2017
Series: Broden Legal , #1
Pages: 348
Sales rank: 480,324
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Adam Mitzner is a practicing attorney in a Manhattan law firm and the author of several acclaimed novels. Suspense Magazine named A Conflict of Interest one of the best books of 2012, and in 2014, the American Bar Association nominated A Case of Redemption for a Silver Gavel Award. He and his family live in New York City. Visit him at www.adammitzner.com.

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Dead Certain 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
WVBoo More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars This book was a confusing read for me. Why? Well, it wasn't a masterfully written suspense. The author tried way too hard, and the killer was obvious from the get-go. Suspense is my favorite genre, I've been reading adult literature since I was 8. Suffice it to say, I've read a ton of this genre over the years. Karin Slaughter is my gold-star suspense author. Her books are nothing short of phenomenal. If you haven't had the privilege of reading her novels, please, go do so right now! They're complex, they're fleshed-out, they're unexpected, they're grisly, they're disturbing...what can I say, the woman can write. I rate all other suspense novelists against her. So here is the surprising part...although this book wasn't an epic suspense novel and is actually a bit elementary, I see a seedling of major talent lurking in Mr. Mitzner. This book had real potential. I loved the way the book was sectioned, I loved that it went back and forth in time, I loved that it had several POVs, I loved the idea of the story...truly, there was some really good stuff there. It's a fun read...I devoured it. Charlotte's character needed to be more fleshed out...it's hard to care about her since we're really only introduced to her for a few pages at the beginning of the book. And, like I mentioned, there needed to be more suspense in this suspense novel, but I have high hopes! I'd definitely read this author's future work.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
From the publisher: Ella Broden is living a double life. By day, Ella works as a buttoned-up attorney on some of the city’s most grueling cases. By night, she pursues her passion for singing in the darkest clubs of Manhattan. No one knows her secret, not even Charlotte, the younger sister she practically raised. But it seems she’s not the only one in the family with something to hide. When Charlotte announces she’s sold her first novel, Ella couldn’t be more thrilled . . . until she gets a call that her sister’s gone missing. Ella starts investigating with the help of Detective Gabriel Velasquez, an old flame in the NYPD, and what she finds is shocking. If art imitates life, then her sister’s novel may contain details of her real-life affairs. And any one of her lovers could be involved in her disappearance. Desperate to bring Charlotte home, Ella works through her list of suspects, matching fictitious characters with flesh-and-blood men. But will it be too late to save the sister she only thought she knew? Charlotte, 25 years old, is six years younger than Ella, but with a much more active social life. Her current beau, Zach, is only the most recent. As for Ella, she has no current boyfriend. For six years she had been an ADA in Manhattan before becoming deputy chief of the Special Victims Bureau. She is now working for her father in his high-profile defense law firm. But surprisingly her firm’s newest client, Paul Michelson, is someone she last saw when he broke up with her shortly after their college graduation. He has come to her law firm “only days after an attractive 22-year-old woman who works for him went missing.” This is a very front-page story, one where the police want to question Paul, which is what brings him to the Broden law office. But when Charlotte goes missing, the focus of the protagonists, and the novel, shifts abruptly. Charlotte’s disappearance, we are told, becomes “the biggest missing-persons case in New York City history.” The book that Charlotte has written is entitled “Dead Certain,” as is this novel itself. Chapters of her book are present in these pages, and we meet the various men with whom she has most recently been involved, or their fictional counterparts anyway. It is up to Ella to discover their real-life identities, and which of them might have been responsible for her disappearance. Ultimately the reader discovers who was responsible, but that “real-life identity” is something else again. This is a masterfully written novel, presenting points of view of all the different characters, with the reader never quite sure which if any are fictional, and strictly from Charlotte’s book, or actual humans. The entire tale takes place in a ten-day period, but there is a heck of a lot of action in that time frame! As you might have guessed, Mr. Mitzner’s book is recommended.