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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.
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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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By Charles Atkinson on 05-02-12

A man with no character seeks revenge...

...on a man who did him no harm.
Alex Miller is a tall, attractive, brilliant attorney in one of New York's most prestigious firms. He is married to a beautiful woman who loves him passionately. They have a lovely and precocious young daughter. He goes all out to sacrifice all of this in order to further his career while pursuing another beautiful woman. But that's the best part of Alex.

In the end this is a story of revenge, yet Alex has never been harmed. He cheats, he lies, he whines, and then he destroys the life of a man who did him no harm.

To be fair, there are clever twists in the plot. But in the end we are left with a hero with no character. Worse still, he seems to have no hope of redemption.

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By Scr8 Geechee on 02-18-12

An "Okay" Story, but Don't Believe the Hype...

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone with an intimate interest of law may not be burdened with the excessive courtroom exchanges. Mitzer was either or lawyer or has done excellent research, as he focuses on the semantics of law rather than using the courtroom simply as a catalyst to get to the more important aspects of the story. This book spent more time on the law surrounding the story than the story itself. That made it a slow listen for me, but may entertain those interested with the inner-workings of law.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The Publisher's summary -- in my opinion -- misleading comments put Mitzer in the same boat as Grisham. That's a pretty big stretch. I've been a fan of Grisham for much of the past 16 years, and while Mitzer has potential, he lacks the suspense that keeps Grisham's novels moving. The whole

How could the performance have been better?

This is the worst reading I've heard in my past year as an Audible member. I wish they would've sampled some of Alex Miller's normal (outside of the funeral) dialogue as fair warning. LeDoux uses an arrogantly-sarcastic, sing-song cadence that speaks almost every line of dialogue in jest. I found that unbelievably annoying, like being read to by the know-it-all coworker. Even worse, while the voices may have changed, this style remained the same throughout the male characters. I think I would've enjoyed the novel a bit more if they had done a better job at selecting a narrator, or if reading the text myself.

What character would you cut from A Conflict of Interest?

The narrator.

Any additional comments?

All in all, it's an okay book. There wasn't a lot of suspense to always keep me interested, or stuck in the car after arriving at my destination, but it picks up in certain places. Before this, I'd recently finished Grisham's,

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By Macwoman on 06-13-15

Well-written window on corporate law

Well written and well read with a plot that sustains interest to the end. While many legal thrillers are set within criminal law this one is a bit different. The characters are credible and sometimes finely drawn, and the court scenes are given enough detail and explanation so that it is possible to grasp the finer points on which lawyers base their cases.

Sometimes I thought the motivation of some key characters was underexplored - why does Oleg behave as he does, with some complex changes of attitude as he goes along. But Mitzner is a good enough writer to bring it off without leaving us feeling cheated. It certainly hooked me and kept me involved to the last page.

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By sharon on 07-15-13

Multi-layered..

What I liked about this debut was the twists and turns and the very real characterisations of American Law,on the downside I found some parts superfluous and drawn out especially the relationship with his wife up until the middle of the book.
Saying all that the pulling together of all the threads towards the end was masterfully done and without a doubt will be reading more by AM, during the last quarter I was hooked and unwilling to part with the telling for a moment..

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By Mel M on 01-15-17

conflicts at all levels

Conflicts at all levels: family, work, clients and friends. Welcome to a journey of twists and turns that at times makes one wonder about people's moral turpitude.

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