From the acclaimed author Publishers Weekly called “a gifted writer” comes this nail-biting legal thriller in the bestselling tradition of John Grisham and Scott Turow.
Aaron Littmann, the chairman of one of the country’s most prestigious law firms, has just been contacted by a high-profile defense attorney, whose client is Nikolai Garkov—a Russian businessman widely believed to have pulled the financial strings behind a recent terrorist bombing. Aaron suspects Garkov is looking to switch representation, as he’s willing to pay one hundred thousand dollars just to take a meeting, but Garkov has blackmail on his mind. Armed with damning evidence that the presiding judge, Faith Nichols, had a torrid affair with Aaron during another recent case, Garkov threatens to destroy Aaron’s career unless he influences Faith. Filled with suspense, twists, and turns, Losing Faith will captivate legal thriller fans everywhere.
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.
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.