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  • Mass Market Paperback: 405 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition (31 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451674805
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451674804
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 3.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,704,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Sorenson was once a high-powered New York defense attorney . . . but that was before a horrifying accident killed the two most important people in his life. As he approaches rock bottom, Dan is unexpectedly offered the opportunity of a lifetime: defend an up-and-coming rapper who swears he's innocent of the brutal slaying of his pop star girlfriend. Dan realizes that this may be his only hope to put his own life back on track, but as he delves deeper into the case, he learns that atonement comes at a very steep price. A powerful and riveting new voice in fiction, Adam Mitzner pulls out all the stops in his follow-up to the highly acclaimed "A Conflict of Interest"--a gritty, sophisticated thriller that will draw fans of Scott Turow and John Grisham into a world of relentless suspense.


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Format: Hardcover
I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley and the publisher in return for an honest review, which follows.

Adam Mitzner, in his second legal thriller, has a delivered (to use a baseball term) a solid extra base hit. Please don't let my stating that while A Case Of Redemption is very good but not as good as his first legal thriller dissuade you in any way from strongly considering reading A Case Of Redemption. It might help you to know that I considered A Conflict Of Interest to be one of the top 4-5 books I read in the year it was published (2011), and so my considering Mitzner's second book to be very good but not to the same extent is still high praise for this very talented author.

A Case Of Redemption shares many of the same qualities I felt were characteristic of A Conflict Of Interest: 1) excellent pacing, which starts off slow and steadily builds to a level that will have you turning the pages to find out what happens next; 2) creating highly realistic flawed, yet sympathetic, characters; 3) providing such true-to-life prose that makes you feel you are actually hearing the characters speaking their words; 4) having the main character, Dan Sorenson, narrate the story in such a way that you forget you are reading a book and not right there with him as he is experiencing his professional and personal life; and 5) providing some interesting plot twists.

My reason for giving A Case For Redemption a four-star rating (whereas I gave A Conflict Of Interest a five-star rating) stems from my feeling that the ending, while satisfactory (to say the least), didn't pack as powerful a punch and left some threads untied.
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I think this book’s strength is that it grabs you straight away and keeps you interested. That said, it is nowhere near as strong as the author’s debut novel, which I rated as one of my best reads of 2011.

There are some other great ingredients : Mitzner writes well, we have a likeable protagonist to root for, and there are a number of twists and turns. Importantly, the author does well in infecting readers with the “What is going on?” bug.

On the other side of the ledger, perhaps my biggest issue is that Mitzner went over-the-top with one of the main plot elements. There are a few loose ends too, which often suggests a sequel is coming (the author’s website implies differently though). Also, the legal drama and courtroom scenes didn’t pack the punch they had in the debut novel, despite the judge throwing up quite a few challenges for the defence.

No typo or formatting problems in the Kindle version, thankfully.

I’ll check out Mitzner’s next effort – due in 2015, I believe – but I hope he is able to return to the standard of his debut novel, as this one was not quite up with that excellent effort. 7/10
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b481d2c) out of 5 stars 145 reviews
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b461450) out of 5 stars A True Crime Novel... 14 May 2013
By PattyLouise - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A Case Of Redemption
By
Adam Mitzner

My " in a nutshell" summary...

A lawyer with a devastated and tragic personal life tries to save the life of a rap star.

My thoughts after reading this book...

Sometimes there is nothing in this world as awesome as reading a court novel. Especially when the accused is one that no one believes could possibly be innocent. And the attorney is one who has not practiced law in 18 months and has spent most of that time drinking. And who hasn't cared about life since the nightmare thing happened to him...it's the stuff great court movies are made of!

It's always most difficult to write about a mystery...especially one like this one. Basically Dan the tragic attorney gets talked into defending L.D. the tragic black gangsta rapper. Dan believes this gives him a reason to live. He becomes involved with Nina...his partner...and literally throws himself into defending L.D. Just when I though I knew what was going to happen...just as I was really getting into this trial and just when I was beginning to believe that Nina was so good for Dan...everything changes...everything!

So...with lips sealed and my IPad silenced...that's all I can give you!

What I loved about this book...

This author has mastered character development. I loved some of them! I hated some of them! It was awesome!

I loved the judge...great humor. Oh...I also loved the beautifully explained trial procedures.

What I did not love...

While I didn't really not love them...I loved despising the bad guys!

Final thoughts...

This was an incredible court drama. It was exciting and mysterious and fast paced. If you enjoy reading this kind of book...you will love this one!

This book came to me from the publisher via Edelweiss via Amazon and onto my lovely Kindle Paper White!
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b45cef4) out of 5 stars Predictable but packing emotional punch 6 Jun. 2013
By F. Lloyd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I just finished this novel and I have to admit I am a bit surprised at the number of 5 star reviews. First let me say that I found Mitzner's writing skill to be good. He does an excellent job with dialogue and description. His most impressive accomplishment was his ability to create an emotional impact. Dan's character has a number of authentic details. His grief over the loss of his family is substantive and real. Likewise, Mitzner adds in enough details, such as the polly pockets reference, to show depth of experience that makes Dan's personal life ring true.
The reasons the novel gets only three stars from me are simple, the plot is incredible predictable and the ending is rushed and unsatisfying. At no point did I feel as if I didn't know what was coming next. Additionally, the entire court case itself had me literally saying out loud "But they have no evidence!". In the real world, the case would have been thrown out. And if somehow it would have been settled, the ridiculous antics of the judge would have almost certainly resulted in a retrial for prejudice. And that touches on one of the true weaknesses. Many of the characters, the judge, the district attorney and even Nina come off as one dimensional or stereotypical. If Mitzner would have turned his attention to detail on more than just Dan's grief, this could have been a much more impressive novel.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b461db0) out of 5 stars "I want you to make things right." 23 May 2013
By E. Bukowsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dan Sorensen's life has been a train wreck for eighteen months, ever since a drunk driver killed his wife, Sheila, and their six-year-old daughter, Alexa. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Dan gave up his partnership in a prestigious law firm; now, he whiles away his days with a bottle of scotch as his chief companion. He belatedly realizes that his obsession with work robbed him of precious time that he should have spent with his family.

In "A Case of Redemption," by Adam Mitzner, Dan's downward slide is halted by a telephone call from Nina Harrington, a fellow attorney who wants him to defend an up-and-coming rap singer, Legally Dead (L. D.). The young man has been arrested for allegedly murdering his ex-girlfriend by beating her to death with a baseball bat. Unfortunately, one of L. D.'s songs features lyrics that spell out this brutal method of punishment: "Don't like what you said/Gonna go A-Rod on your head," A-Rod being the famous Yankee slugger, Alex Rodriguez. Dan's decision to represent L. D. revives his moribund legal career. On the other hand, exonerating L. D. will be difficult, since the defendant has no alibi, a strong motive, and thinks nothing of withholding key facts from his counsel.

Mitzner hits more than a few familiar notes in this entertaining but conventional legal thriller. Dan encounters layers of deceit, cynicism, and corruption; jousts with a tough female prosecutor and no-nonsense judge; embarks on a new romantic relationship; wrestles with moral dilemmas; and plays a key role in a finale crammed with twists and turns. The characters are lively and the plot is fast-paced and engrossing. In addition, since Dan knows very little about rap music, it is amusing to observe his puzzled exchanges with L. D. and his cohorts. Although the story is fairly predictable (washed up legal eagle dusts himself off and tries to start over), it is gratifying to observe Dan's valiant struggle to leave the past behind and rejoin the human race.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b4631a4) out of 5 stars The returning to life of the man 14 May 2013
By plane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dan Sorensen was a very successful defense attorney at the start of a promising career with a large New York
law firm. Just after winning a high profile case his wife and daughter are killed by a drunk driver. Dan traumatized and
devastated by the sudden loss sinks into a period of despair leaving the firm and doing very little other than
sinking towards becoming an alcoholic.
About 18 months after the tragedy of his family's deaths Dan is coerced into attending a dinner party given by
relatives. He is approached by a beautiful woman and talked into coming back into the law in order to represent
a rapper that has been accused of murdering his pop star girl friend. The rapper (stage name Legally Dead) has fired his first attorney and
based on Dan's win of the case settled before the deaths of his wife and daughter wants Dan to represent him.
A partnership is set up with Nina, the woman that approached him at the dinner, when it develops that she
is leaving a law firm in order to try and get more meaning into her life. The two meet with L.D. (Legally Dead), the rapper and
he agrees to have Dan and Nina represent him. The pair begin preparations and work at Dan's house on the
administrative aspects of the defense. In the course of the trial the two find that they are falling in love with each other
with Dan the biggest beneficiary of both the relationship and work on the trial when he finds that he is coming back to
an interest in life again.
Adam Mitzner's day job is as a practicing attorney in New York making his descriptions and analysis of the trial and
byplay in it as real as possible. His characters live and breathe, acting as they undoubtedly would if involved in the
action surrounding the trial. The end is not telegraphed but is a logical one and the reactions of all participants in
the story definitely what they would have been in real life.
A page turner, and a forecaster of Adam Mitzner's success in the literary world. Certainly making sure that the
reader looks forward to future books by him.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b463264) out of 5 stars A Very Good -- But Not As Good -- Follow-Up To Mitzner's A Conflict Of Interest! 14 May 2013
By bobbewig - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley and the publisher in return for an honest review, which follows.

Adam Mitzner, in his second legal thriller, has delivered (to use a baseball term) a solid extra base hit. Please don't let my stating that while A Case Of Redemption is very good but not as good as his first legal thriller dissuade you in any way from strongly considering reading A Case Of Redemption. It might help you to know that I considered A Conflict Of Interest to be one of the top 4-5 books I read in the year it was published (2011), and so my considering Mitzner's second book to be very good but not to the same extent is still high praise for this very talented author.

A Case Of Redemption shares many of the same qualities I felt were characteristic of A Conflict Of Interest: 1) excellent pacing, which starts off slow and steadily builds to a level that will have you turning the pages to find out what happens next; 2) creating highly realistic flawed, yet sympathetic, characters; 3) providing such true-to-life prose that makes you feel you are actually hearing the characters speaking their words; 4) having the main character, Dan Sorenson, narrate the story in such a way that you forget you are reading a book and not right there with him as he is experiencing his professional and personal life; and 5) providing some interesting plot twists.

My reason for giving A Case For Redemption a four-star rating (whereas I gave A Conflict Of Interest a five-star rating) stems from my feeling that the ending, while satisfactory (to say the least), didn't pack as powerful a punch and left some threads untied. My assumption for this is that Mitzner will be featuring his main character, Dan Sorenson, in his next book and will tie some of these loose threads together more fully at that time.

I'll conclude by saying that A Case Of Redemption, which has a once high-powered defense attorney trying to resurrect his personal and professional life -- after being on a downward spiral for the past eighteen months due to a terrible accident in which his wife and child were killed -- by coming to the defense of a rapper accused of murdering his pop star girlfriend, deserves a large reading audience. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. Even if you don't enjoy it quite as much, I think you'll still consider it to be a very good book.
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