A Conflict of Interest

Have you ever been at a point in your life where everything is going right and then, like a light switch being flipped off, everything in your life falls apart?

Meet Alex Miller, 35 years old, partner in a top law firm in NYC, beautiful wife, gorgeous little daughter, and more. He is on top of the world until his father dies. At the funeral he meets an old friend of his parents who asks him to represent him in a brokerage scam trial. A year later, I bet he wishes that he had never said yes.

A Conflict of Interest is a legal thriller with heart and a great deal of psychology. Don’t laugh. Let me see if I can explain this correctly without any spoilers. There is a lot of seven-year-itch, some seeing your parents in a whole new (and not necessarily flattering) way, temptations, soul searching, and a fair amount of time spent wondering how in the heck did he let it get this bad. See? A sort of midlife crisis, nicely bookended by a thrilling legal battle.

Mitzner’s work is being compared to Scott Turow and I can see that. Like Turow, he realizes that no one is perfect and that people manifest and manage these flaws in different ways. You can’t predict how his characters will react to what comes their way and yet somehow, you feel like you know them.

Adam Mitzner has a few tricks up his sleeve and he only shows a one or two with this first book. Can’t wait for the next one.

A Conflict of Interest by Adam Mitzner

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery (May 17, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1439157510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439157510