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A Conflict of Interest

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  2,947 ratings  ·  242 reviews
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,
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by Gallery Books (first published May 12th 2011)
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Chel Ohlig sort of explains near the end. Basically, what he knew about Alex from the latter's father, plus Ohlig's near pathological self-confidence, adde…moreOhlig sort of explains near the end. Basically, what he knew about Alex from the latter's father, plus Ohlig's near pathological self-confidence, added up to a choice that makes no sense from a broader perspective. Also, if Ohlig had *not* made that choice, there would have been no story.

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Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love legal thrillers!! This one fit the bill perfectly! All the courtroom drama and cliff-hanging suspense you would ever want in a book.
The main character is Alex a corporate litigator in NYC that spends more time in the office than with his family. A long time family friend, Michael asks Alex to represent him in a lawsuit the government has filed against him. Little does he realize this decision will affect his future both personally and professionally.
The first book I have read by this a
Mar 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012, mystery
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.

Mar 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Our hero, Alex Miller, is the youngest ever partner at a 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, alth
May 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Raised in a modest background, Alex Miller is now the junior partner in one of the top law firms in New York City. At his father's funeral he meets a man named Michael Ohlig, a long-time friend of the family who was present when Alex's parents met. Ohlig takes him aside at the cemetery and asks Alex to represent him in a stock fraud case.

Ohlig is charged with assigning his sales crew to aggressively sell a stock, concentrating on seniors, but with the knowledge that the stock would be worthless
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I had mixed feelings before heading into the book. Don't get me wrong, the blurb sounded great, but it was rather the fact that this book was a legal thriller. I don't know how you feel about it, but legal jargon could be another language altogether. Given the fact that I am not an English native speaker, I was even more concerned. In the end, that concern was unfounded. Although I had to look up the German translations of most of the l
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
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
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: New York lawyers, pump-and-dumpers, rich guys who screw their best friend's wife
I've been reading lots of legal thrillers lately. Some people might find this thick novels often full of legal maneuverings and lawyer authors trying to explain to layman readers how trials work to be dry, but if done well, I find them interesting, in the same way I was able to wade through Moby Dick and its long chapters on cetaceaology. A Conflict of Interest is less dry than most and the author spices up this legal tale of stock swindling with a bit of family drama, infidelity, and murder.

Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: legal-drama
I had read A Case of Redemption and enjoyed it so I thought I’d follow through with the first in the series (backwards, I know). It features attorney Alex Miller, a partner at a large law firm who agrees to take on a securities fraud case for an old friend of the family, Michael Ohlig. Ohlig it turns out was an old family friend and that’s when things begin to get complicated as Alex develops a hard-on for the associate working on the case. That causes lots of repercussions, and I should stop no ...more
May 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love thrillers and add the legal to it, it becomes even more fascinating.

Alex's father has just passed away and he finally gets to meet the all illusive Michael Ohlig. Someone he has heard about most of his life but never met. When they do meet Ohlig asks Alex to represent him in a criminal investigation that is going on with one of his companies.

Alex has a lot to take in. His dad just died and this mystery friend just asked him to represent him. Alex's job has him already working way too much
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks-i-own
Listened to this on a road trip with my mom and she requested a legal thriller. I had purchased this on a daily deal so we selected it. Overall we were disappointed but bonded over our many critiques including the slow pace, our dislike of the main character, the author’s love of describing most all of the female characters as having model looks and brains too - wow! And the description of his marriage caused many an eye roll from us. We listened to the end and enjoyed guessing the plot points a ...more
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a very enjoyable read, there were conflicts and twists with each situation. The writer brought life to the characters and made you keep turning the page . Interesting life plots and how they were approached.
Debbie Oxier
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Whew! I love legal thrillers and this one was filled with all kinds of surprises. Alex Miller is an attorney for one of the most powerful law firms in New York. He's married to Elizabeth and they have a young daughter, Charlotte. When he's asked to defend Michael Ohlig on a charge of securities fraud, Alex is thrilled. It could be the biggest case of his career. The firm assigns Abigail Sloane to work alongside him.

Ohlig supposedly cheated his clients out of millions but for some reason Alex be
Jul 19, 2015 rated it liked it
We've read about these people in the newspapers. We've seen plenty of OMG posts on the web. The guy who has the picture perfect life, wife, family, job, and how shallow his life is behind that curtain. The plot has been used from the early 20th Century on. Successful lawyer puts his time into his craft and neglects everything else. He loses his sense of value and his grounding in ethics (both professional and personal). And, when a crisis hits, he is unable to cope. What does he lose? Everything ...more
Barbara Maciejewski Wnuk
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alex Miller, a criminal defense attorney in NYC has it all... wife, Elizabeth and five year old daughter, Charlotte. Their apartment overlooks Central Park. As a partner at his law firm, he is highly respected.
At his father's funeral, Alex is approached by a long time family friend, Michael Ohlig. Michael asks Alex for help in a case where hundreds of elderly people have lost their life savings after purchasing what seems to be a bad stock and questions rise as to whether Michael knows when it
Judy D Collins
Loved Adam Mitzner's Losing Faith (2015) Top Books of 2015; while dying to catch up with Mitzner's two earlier books, Case of Redemption and A Conflict of Interest, choosing audio, due to travel.

A CASE OF REDEMPTION exceeded all my expectations-- both page-turners. Loved, loved the author, the characters, and the suspense - so my style--a huge Grisham fan, and lover of legal thrillers and courtroom dramas. A Case of Redemption, has it all, and the twist at the end, I did not see coming-br
Lynne Thomas
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: debut
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
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! About halfway through, the initial mystery was resolved and I wondered where it was going, then 80% of the way through another resolution, then...well, let's just say it was really well done. Not great literature, but totally what I wanted: entertainment, well done, just one minor quibble with editing ("much adieu" LOL)and I STAYED UP FOR HOURS TO FINISH IT LAST NIGHT - long time since I have done that. I recognized some of the settings, people, quirks, phrases from his second ...more
Caroline Mcphail-Lambert
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow! A new legal suspense author for this reader. Enjoyed the story immensely.

The protagonist is human. Not a hero, not a superhero, just a man trying to find his way in a world that I know very little of.

There were some things I saw coming, although not where I thought they would which was great. There were surprises which was even better and I really enjoyed Mitzner's writing style. "Entering a prison is a sobering experience. Until you've done it, you simply cannot imagine how powerful the so
Mickey Hoffman
Sep 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Although I liked the main character, the book ended up becoming
tedious. Perhaps there were too many details about fraudulent brokerage firm
operations and the legal issues around them. Also, once I knew there
would be twists, there weren't many
choices available since the cast of characters was limited.
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Terrific courtroom mystery/drama in the vein of Scott Turow and just as good. Fine multi-layered characters, and a story with interesting and occasionally unexpected angles. Terrific reader as well. Yes, I saw a key final twist coming from a long way off, unusual for me, but that didn't spoil a thing. This tale kept me hooked! ...more
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
I've decided I don't like books written in 1st person, present tense. Annoying. I bought this book on Audible because of the great reviews but was so disappointed. Not at all like Grisham or Baldacci. Don't waste your time. I kept waiting for it to get better or the mystery to evolve but it was a terrible story line and annoying characters.

May 02, 2012 rated it liked it

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 P
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fast pace Legal Thriller. Like the author's writing style even more
than the mast of this genre, John Grisham's.

Went out and bought Mr. Milzner's 2nd book right away!
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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

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