From the acclaimed author of A Conflict of Interest (one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of 2011) comes “a tightly plotted, fast paced legal thriller...A worthy courtroom yarn that fans of John Grisham and Scott Turow will enjoy” (Kirkus Reviews).
Aaron Littman is the premier lawyer of his generation and the chairman of Cromwell Altman, the most powerful law firm in New York City, when a high-profile new client threatens all that he’s achieved—and more. Nicolai Garkov is currently the most reviled figure in America, accused of laundering funds for the Russian Mafia and financing a terrorist bombing in Red Square that killed twenty-six people, including three American students. Garkov is completely unrepentant, admitting his guilt to Aaron, but with a plan for exoneration that includes blackmailing the presiding judge, the Honorable Faith Nichols. If the judge won’t do his bidding, Garkov promises to go public with irrefutable evidence of an affair between Aaron and Faith—the consequences of which would not only destroy their reputations but quite possibly end their careers.
Garkov has made his move. Now it’s Aaron and Faith’s turn. And in an ever-shocking psychological game of power, ethics, lies, and justice, they could never have predicted where those moves will take them—or what they are prepared to do to protect the truth.
Mitzner (A Conflict of Interest) offers an effective variant on themes Scott Turow explored in his classic Presumed Innocent, albeit with less depth. New York attorney Aaron Littman is widely regarded as one of the country's top litigators, but he's guilty of one major ethical lapse: he represented a client in a case before judge Faith Nichols while conducting an affair with Faith a conflict the two of them have naturally kept secret. Faith, who ended the relationship right after the trial, hopes to be nominated to the Supreme Court. Then hedge fund owner Nicolai Garkov, "the most reviled figure in America," approaches Aaron. Suspected of involvement in a terrorist bombing, Garkov is facing trial for money laundering, and once his case is assigned to Faith, he demands that Aaron insure an acquittal or risk exposure of their affair. Mitzner sustains interest with complex plotting and effectively uses his own background as a defense attorney to add color.
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Writes well, but ....
The legal plot has been really weak in all three books to date. Here, the entire motive is actually a motive to do the exact opposite. And, there is a complete lack of evidence sufficient to charge. 90% of the book spends its time “proving” something that, even if proven, does absolutely zero to prove the crime. It’s a non-issue.
However, if you can suspend the disbelief over these legal issues, you will find a well written book.