Monday, May 16, 2011

A Conflict of Interest by Adam Mitzner

Book Description:
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-stake cases, and 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.
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.

My Thoughts:
This was a good book. Alex is home for his father's funeral when he meets his father's best friend Michael Ohlig. Michael had always been more of a fictional character to Alex than a real person but meeting him starts a new chapter in Alex's life. Alex is an attorney with a big firm in New York and Michael approaches him about representing him. Alex lands the 'big new client' and gets one of the top associates to help him do the research and necessary work to prove Michael innocent but the questions just start piling up!
I liked Michael Ohlig the most. He is a very self-assured man who knows what he wants and yet he isn't self centered. Alex is a good attorney, partner in the firm but meeting Michael makes some serious changes in his life. There were several unexpected twists and lots of surprises! The description of the legal work that had to be done was so detailed and real that you felt you were in the middle of the case with them!
This is a 4/5. A good, legal thriller.

Thank you to FSB associates for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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