A Conflict of Interest
In this absorbing debut novel of suspense, a young and idealistic attorney's gamble with the truth becomes a shattering game of secrets and lies . . .
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, Alex meets Michael Ohliga mysterious and nearly mythic figure in Miller family historywho presents Alex with a surprising request: to represent him in a high-profile criminal investigation . . . an alleged brokerage scam that has lost hundreds of millions of dollars for investors. Wealthy beyond words, Ohlig insists he's done nothing wrong, and Alex, who's experienced enough to know that clients always lie, uncharacteristically believes him.
As the facts come out, shocking secrets are revealed that threaten everything Alex believes inabout the law, his family, and himself. Yet Alex's desperate need for the truth propels him to unscrupulous depths, and to confront a past defined by deception and a future in jeopardy . . . with the realization that one false step could destroy everything Alex holds dear.
In an electrifying debut the likes of which legal thriller fans have not seen since Scott Turow's pulse-pounding thriller Presumed Innocent, Adam Mitzner tells a shocking story of suspense that heralds a bold new voice in fiction.
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Best Book of 2012! (Suspense Magazine)
"Mitzner's assured debut, a legal thriller, compares favorably to Presumed Innocent... 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."
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review (read the full review)
"This is a capably written, well-plotted legal thriller. Stylistically, it's closer to Brad Meltzer, Sheldon Siegel, or, perhaps, early John Grisham... Miller is a nicely drawn character. It's a solid debut effort, definitely recommendable to legal-thriller readers."
"Twists in the final pages of this thriller will keep readers on the edge."
Indie Next List Great Reads (June 2011) (read the full review)
"A heady combination of Patricia Highsmith and Scott Turow, here's
psychological and legal suspense at its finest. Adam Mitzner's masterful
plotting begins on tiptoe and morphs into a sweaty gallop, with ambiguity of
character that shakes your best guesses, and twists that punch you in the gut.
This novel packs it. A terrific read!"
New York Times Bestselling Author Perri O'Shaughnessy
"Mitzner combines the real world insights of an experienced litigator with the imaginative flair of a fine novelist to produce a page-turner with deeply flawed heroes, sympathetic villains and totally unexpected twists. I loved it."
Alan Dershowitz, Author of Trials of Zion
"The look inside big-time law is fascinating . . . the author really knows his stuff . . . Mr. Mitzner is a writer to watch. Get in on the ground floor."
New York Journal of Books (read the full review)
"A Conflict of Interest is much more than a legal thriller about securities fraud. It has . . . stories about self, family and how people handle things when the pressure hits . . . Never did I guess what was coming next . . . I highly recommend A Conflict of Interest to anyone who loves a legal suspense thriller. You will not be disappointed."
seattlepi.com (read the full review)
"Intriguing, exciting, and packed with suspense, mystery, and shockers you couldn't even imagine heading your way . . . Mitzner is fresh, inventive, and original . . . He integrates diverse and infinitely complex flawed and relatable characters into a powerful drama, delving into their lives, their emotions, and their dark sinister motivations, making A Conflict of Interest a deliciously satisfying read."
themysterysite.com (read the full review)
"The epitome of legal thrillers."
Community Bookstop (read the full review)
"A masterfully woven suspense thriller that'll keep you reading for hours; if you're able to put the book down at all."
True Crime Book Reviews (read the full review)
Gallery, Hardcover, May 2011, ISBN-13: 978-1439157510
Pocket Books, Mass Market Paperback, March 2012, ISBN-13: 978-1439196434