Thursday, May 19, 2011 Posted by Dina N
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 Ohlig — a mysterious and nearly mythic figure in 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.
As the facts come out, shocking secrets are revealed that threaten everything Alex believes in–about 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.
A Conflict of Interest is an engrossing legal thriller that I found difficult to put down. This is Adam Mitzner's first novel and he's drawn from his own legal background to write quite the page turner. The book contains enough legal details to make it convincing. What I liked most about it was how it focused more on the characters than on legalities. Mr. Mitzner really makes the reader consider what's right and wrong and reflect on the crimes and their punishment. Although I anticipated some of the twists and turns, the ending was somewhat different from what I expected.
A Conflict of Interest was released this month by Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Photo and book info courtesy of the publisher.