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A Conflict of Interest

by Adam Mitzner

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A Conflict of Interest by Adam Mitzner
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  • Published in USA  May 2011
    384 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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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 loving wife, who remains patient with his long hours and high-stakes cases, and a beautiful young daughter.

At his father's funeral, Alex meets Michael Ohlig - a mysterious and nearly mythic figure in the Miller family history - who 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.

But as the facts come out, shocking secrets are revealed that threaten everything Alex believes in - about the law, his family, and himself. But his desperate need for the truth propels Alex 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 stunning story of suspense that heralds a bold new voice in fiction.

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"Starred Review. This gifted writer should have a long and successful career ahead of him." - Publishers Weekly

"Most readers aren't going to wade through the first part to get to the second, which is a shame because that's when the real storytelling begins. A lukewarm legal tale that only comes alive in the second half." - Kirkus

"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!" - 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

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