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A Conflict of Interest

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Alex Miller is a criminal defense attorney and, at thirty-five, the youngest partner in one of the most powerful law firms in New York City. He's a man at the top of his game with the life he's always dreamed of, complete with a devoted wife, who remains patient with his long hours and high-stakes cases, and the love of a beautiful young daughter.

At his father's funeral, A...more
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by Gallery Books (first published May 12th 2011)
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Adam Mitzner's A Conflict of Interest features cover blurbs comparing it to Scott Turrow's Presumed Innocent.

And in many ways, those blurbs are right. Like Innocent, Interest features a conflicted, first-person protagonist involved in a legal battle that is a test of his personal and professional ethics. However, as the novel unfolds, it quickly becomes apparent that not only did Mitzner borrow the style of Turrow's debut legal thriller, he also borrowed a few of the plot points along the way.

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...more
Stephanie D.
A Conflict of Interest by Adam Mitzner is a fantastic debut that satisfied all my requirements for a fast-paced and addictive legal thriller:

1. Accurate depiction of the law- The author is a practicing criminal defense lawyer so I had high expectations. Verdict: He knew his stuff. Mitzner took the time to explain in layman's terms all the legal maneuverings, even citing cases and statutes. These were seamlessly woven into the narrative, just enough to give his plot some cred and still sustain my...more
This was my first Adam Mitner book, though I have since read his other, 'A Case of Redemption'. I liked them both, though this one was my slight preference. The story centers around a NY lawyer who gets involved in a case that, at first, seems quite simple, but as these things go, becomes exceedingly convoluted and personal.
It's a very tightly-written and fast-paced book. There are elements of a thriller, but also a focus on family and romance.
As far as legal thrillers go, this is the best I hav...more
Alex Miller is an attorney. He works for Cromwell Altman. While attending his father’s funeral, Alex is approached by a man named Michael Ohlig. Mr. Ohlig wants to hire Alex to represent him. It seems that Mr. Ohlig helped a lot of stock brokers keep from losing a bunch of money, by advising them to sell their shares from a company that was going under. It is Alex’s job to prove that Mr. Ohlig had no prior knowledge that this company was going under. What Alex under covers will bring more questi...more
Lynne Thomas
Still no reply after 5 Emails to the publisher about the missing 30+ pages. And I've been unable to find a reprinted paperback version, even though they've pulled the first print!
It's a shame because I was really enjoying this novel. I probably would have purchased more books from this new writer!
I found, I read and I loved this debut, legal thriller, 'A Conflict of Interest', by Adam Mitzner. Though I never heard back from the Publisher about my first book ( the one with 30+ pages missin...more
Ostensibly a legal thriller, this turns out to really be the story of 35 year old lawyer Alex Miller.

Junior partner in a prestigious firm, husband to a loving but emotionally distant wife, father to adorable 6 year old. We first meet him at his father's funeral. Other traumatic events ensue. Life's questions get answered.

Alex is probably a fine lawyer but the case (securities fraud perpetrated by family friend) is only a vehicle to move Alex from one emotion to the next.

I wanted more of the leg...more
Our hero, Alex Miller, is the youngest ever partner at a very prestigious NYC law firm, working - seemingly all the time - as a criminal defense attorney. He's married to a wonderful, beautiful woman and has the perfect 5 year-old daughter. So of course we know his life is about to change drastically- for the worse - and it does. During his father's funeral he is approached by, and decides to represent, his father's "best" friend in a securities fraud case. What the reader learns - and Alex too,...more

After working on several heavy books these last few weeks, I really needed to switch to something more plot-driven. This book did not disappoint. It's not stellar or Earth-shattering, but it's well-written and the characters are believable. Plus, there are several plot twists that keep you guessing. Definitely a good "down time" read.
Iris Pereyra
I started reading Legal Thrillers a few years ago and I was introduced to this genre by its most popular author, John Grisham. I have come to really enjoy a good Legal Thriller, specially when it not only deals with the legal aspect of the Judicial system, but also has a good mystery plot.
i absolutely loved A Conflict of Interest, it's a well rounded book with well developed characters, flawed but likable, and a captivating story line.
If you enjoy Grisham et al, you will mnost probably enjoy thi...more
Article first published as Book Review: A Conflict of Interest by Adam Mitzner on Blogcritics.

A Conflict of Interest opens with Alex Miller, a lawyer with a hot shot legal firm attending his father's funeral and meeting Michael Ohlig, a good friend of his father. Michael needs help in a securities fraud case that he is involved in and asks Alex to defend him. He has been accused of selling Salminol, a worthless stock to unsuspecting elderly people who then lost all they had when it went bankrupt...more
Shells Walter
Alex Miller is a defense attorney, married and the father of a young daughter. His father just died and he travels down to Florida to attend the funeral. It is there he meets his father's lifelong friend, Michael Ohlig, who asks Alex to represent him in a criminal case against a company Michael had set up.

What Alex is not aware of is what this defense of his father's lifelong friend will bring up and then starts a series of personal and public turmoil, such that Alex feels his life turning upsid...more
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 repres...more
Kari Wainwright
Lies, laws and legal shenanigans—A Conflict of Interest is full of them. The story opens with protagonist, attorney Alex Miller, attending his father’s funeral. It turns out he has a lot more to deal with than delivering the eulogy.

After the service, Alex meets a mysterious family friend, Michael Ohlig. Surprisingly, Ohlig needs a lawyer and wants Alex to represent him in a case involving a brokerage scam and gazillions of dollars. Thus, Ohlig invades Alex’s perfect life with a beautiful wife,...more
Kathleen Hagen
A Conflict of Interest, by Adam Mitzner, a-minus, Narrated byDavid LeDoux, Produced by Audible Inc., downloaded from audible.com.

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...more
Ever since I read A Time to Kill by John Grisham many years ago, I've always liked courtroom dramas. I'm not sure if it's the looming suspense of whether or not the main character will be found guilty, or the heroic struggle of the protagonist attorney struggling against seemingly impossible odds to protect his client, but this genre really catches my interest. So, I was obviously excited when offered the opportunity to read A Conflict of Interest by Adam Mitzner. This is his first novel, and Mi...more
A Conflict of Interest has been compared to Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent because both stand out among the legal thrillers. Adam Mitzner's A Conflict of Interest gives a credible account of what life is like for a mid-level partner in a large and prestigious New York law firm. Mitzner captures the advantages, perks, culture, pressures, and constant demands of Big Law life and we see how work has shaped Alex's life.

The story is told from Alex's point of view and he takes us through the differe...more
I love a good legal thriller, especially one that is character-driven and covers part of the law that I am not familiar. A Conflict of Interest should sit right in my sweet spot, but it didn't. I am not a big fan of first person present tense, in fact, only Greg Iles has ever pulled it off for me and that was in one book; needless to say that the foundation of the narrative didn't work for me. Further, I love flawed, gray characters but I really hate male characters who cheat (I admit I have les...more
RATING:4.5)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...more
This is not a fast paced novel like you might find in John Grisham. However, the style was incredibly appealing to me but I say that with a caveat. The author is an attorney and uses this book as an educational tool which I find invaluable. The protagonist is a criminal defense lawyer in a large, high power attorney group. He is asked by a family friend to represent him in a criminal case. At every turn, Michael, the accused, holds a belief that truth will prevail. With Alex, the protagonist, pa...more
Marc Gerstein
This is legal fiction in the same vein as John Grisham and Scott Turow, and I think this work is right up there with what they've done. It gives a good, accurate and interestingly-narrated picture of the life of an attorney and I was particularly happy that there was no violence, that there were no chase scenes, or anything like that.

What was particularly noteworthy here was the plotting. I felt a bit of apprehension early on as the story split between Alex Miller's legal life, his marital situa...more
Daphne Stevens
A fun page turner with engaging characters and lots of unexpected plot twists and turns.
The story is woven between the hotshot law firm where the protagonist is a rising star, his home with his beloved daughter and devoted but inscrutable wife, and his relationship with the beautiful young attorney who assists him in trying a high stakes case. As others have noted, the reader is made privy to the procedures, conventions, and strategic thinking
unique to the legal culture in this country, as we fo...more
This was a surprisingly good book for a first time author. It may be a little bit long with maybe a little too much introspection but it's definitely worth reading. The main character is certainly flawed. It's not so much a who-done-it as a character study. There are a lot of twists and turns and just when you think things are solved new issues pot up. Everything is wrapped up by the end of the book so it doesn't seem to be a series with continuing characters.
William Bentrim
A Conflict of Interest by Adam Mitzner

This is another legal novel that will probably make ethical lawyers cringe. (Note I am refraining from any of the cheap shot jokes here.)

Alex Miller has pulled the all nighters studying to be a lawyer, the incessant hours to become a partner and now as a partner the world is his oyster or is it?

This a not a thriller, it is more of a character study. If you enjoy legal novels, I suspect you will find this very satisfying. If you are an adrenalin junky, I susp...more
Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer with everything going for him. A successful career. A loving wife. A beautiful daughter. He takes on a family friend as a client, who of course, insists he’s innocent. Revelations that come out through this case have him wondering what’s really true as he sees his world slowly unravel.

As a first-time author, Mitzner is right up there in the league of John Grisham with his ability to tell an engaging legal tale. His characters are believable and real. You...more
I thought this was a great book. I listened to it on Audio and I found myself reaching for my iPod every chance I had. This is Mitzner's first book which makes it even more incredible that he did such a great job with it.

I'm a criminal defense attorney myself so I can be somewhat critical at times about how the legal defense system is portrayed in books, but Mitzner did a great job and was able to explain all the legal proceedings so that anyone could grasp what was going on and why.

Lots of twis...more
If you enjoy court room drama, how the legal system works and a solid plot to boot, you will enjoy this book. The plot builds and unfolds into a believable story and characters. You find yourself second guessing what is going to happen. Told by Alex who is a lawyer and starts at his father's funeral is asked by a family friend to represent him. Alex's character was arrogant at times, however, in his reflection of his marriage and his parents marriage he was learning and dealing with his own issu...more
Jerry Mclaughlin
Human Frailty. At its heart, this book is about human frailty. While it is portrayed as a legal thriller, the bulk of the legal detail is pretty routine, boilerplate stuff that I have read in other novels and could likely write myself despite not being a lawyer. More interesting are the personalities and inner struggles of the characters- Alex, the main character; his parents, brought crashing down from the pedestal many of us create for our progenitors; Elizabeth, the relatively stereotypical l...more
Jenny Esquibel
I love that this character, Joe is a good man. Sometimes a good man can be boring not just in books but in real life. But Joe is the perfect man with a very interesting life. I love the trouble he finds himself in and I sometimes wish I could work for someone like him.
First time novelist Adam Mitzner does quite a good job overall in A Conflict of Interest. The plot is compelling and there are a good number of twists and turns. Some were surprises and some were not. A long time mystery reader might see them coming. I did learn some things about courtroom procedure as the author uses his background in law to his advantage. The book reads easily and will keep your interest. If I have a complaint is that sometimes his characters react to events in ways that I hav...more
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I grew up in East Brunswick, New Jersey, which is about an hour outside of New York City. I graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. and M.A. in politics, and from there went directly on to law school at the University of Virginia.

After law school, I joined the litigation department of a large New York City law firm, and after a few more stops, am currently the head of the litigation departm...more
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