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A Conflict of Interest
By Adam Mitzner
About the Book:
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.
Pub. Date: May 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Format: Hardcover , 384pp
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.
Disclosure: The opinions provided are my own and not influenced by anyone else. I did not receive any financial compensation for this post. I received a free product from FSB Media to facilitate my review. A huge thank you to FSB Media for providing me with a copy of this book!
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