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The Best Friend

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This novel was fun to read, and I had no trouble staying with it once I dove in. . . I've spent 30 years in a law firm, and it was fun to follow the processes and case flow, with insight on the strategy. That said, the writing is clear and well-explained for those who may not be familiar with some of the terms and processes. POV switches, which can sometimes confuse me if they are not clear, were well-executed and added interest.

Using Franz Kafka's quote at the beginning was brilliant:

My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted.

The main character, Mr. Clinton Broden, was easy to have empathy for. . .so many things happening in his life, and yet he makes time to honor his lifelong friendship by providing service and sacrifice to his best friend Nicky. Other characters were well-fleshed out, but not so over drawn that a reader could see the writing on the wall. . . . it kept me guessing and second-guessing. I love a good mystery! Especially about lawyers. But a lawyer is a tricky character – and are often drawn too slick, too smart and too cold and calculating. All my years have taught me that they are some of that, sometimes, but in their real lives, well. . .are not.

This is my first read of the author’s work – I’m tracking down his other novels to catch up!

4 stars.

Thanks to Adam Mitzner, Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for an ARC and the opportunity to read and review this book!
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This is the first book I read by this author and I have to say I was not disappointed. Loved the character development and storyline. I wish there was a little more in the middle especially regarding Clint’s daughter, but overall awesome legal mystery without too much boring legal explanations. There was just enough to entertain and explain without causing the reader to lose interest. I will definitely be looking for this author’s other books.
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No one should ever doubt their own guilt.

Clint Broden and Nick Zamora were childhood friends. Clint now an upcoming lawyer and happily married and Nick an upcoming author just recently married. They had a long standing joke between them that if one of them ever killed anyone, the other would come help with the shovel. Was it a premonition of what was to come? Clint received a call from his office from an emotional Nick that his wife died in their bathtub. The testing of what a friendship is when Clint stood by his friend and ultimately represented him when he was charged with murder. He believed that Nick was innocent. It was his job to cast doubt to the jury.

The narration is done in 3 parts in this legal thriller. Clint as he describes his friendship with Nick, his marriage to Anna along with their hopes and dreams. It was detailed as the trial went on and his strategy to set Clint free.

Anna his wife and after the trial how she desired to start a family. She put a hold on her dreams to be an actress when she realized that being a mom was the best act she ever dreamed of.

Nicky after the trial moved to California and became the successful author. His new marriage and the how friendships seem to die on their own until you need them once again.

A good thriller has many turns and twists and to give anything away is death to a book. This book deserves to be read with anticipation as it deals with friendship, marriage, and forgiveness. A bit of redemption tops it off. Adam Mitzner does well in head games with his characters. Highly recommend.

A Special Thank you to Thomas Mercer and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.
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4.5 stars!  The Best Friend is the third in the Broden Legal series by Adam Mitzner, and it is my first read by this author. The book can be read as a standalone and I did not note any references to previous books in the series. This book is a solid legal mystery, It is not a thriller and not really all that suspenseful but a good read with a fluid writing style that I enjoyed.  The whodunnits, whowuzzits and why are obvious, but I still really enjoyed the novel and watching how the stories unfolded.   The book describes several major events and POV’s in the lives of two best friends from childhood, Attorney Clint and Writer Nick, and the POV of Clint’s wife, Anne.  We are introduced to the friends in their late 20’s early 30’s when Nick is accused of murdering his bride of one month (motive – having an affair).  Clint, currently building a legal practice of his own, drops everything and jumps in to defend BF Nick.  The legal arguments were interesting, Nick is found not guilty by reasonable doubt (not really a spoiler) and Clint’s career as a Criminal Law attorney skyrockets.  Skip forward thirty+ years and the estranged but still best friends are embroiled in the murder trial of Nick’s second wife (no comment).  Again, Clint (who is now a Criminal Lawyer superstar) steps up to the plate and defends his Best Friend – the legal procedures and arguments in this latter case are even more interesting and dubious. The major related events in Anne’s life are not being disclosed here to leave at least some of the possibly unexpected to your imagination.

I will be looking for this author again and I am interested and curious to read another in the series. I really loved the book and only rounded down to 4 stars because of the predictability of events in the novel (I like to be gobsmacked). Thank you NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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Set in changing times and locations with a multiple POV narration, THE BEST FRIEND builds the story  of a young lawyer who defends his friend during two very different times and trials.  I have read Adam Mitzner's previous titles but you could easily enjoy this book as a stand alone because at the end, you will go look for his back titles.  They are good!  While his legal background is definitely a big piece of the story, the growth of the friendships and relationships in the book set the tone for a story sure to keep you guessing until the end.  It's really a shame I can only give the story 5 stars!
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This is the third book in the Clint Broden series.  I have read the first one and this one.  I feel like the book can be read alone. 
I really enjoyed the different points of views and the different time periods, 1986,2003,2020.  The first one is Clint in the beginning of his career, the second Anne, his wife, a little later, then his best friend, Nick, then Clint again in present time.
The backstory and the different points of view really helped build the story.  I have read several of Mr. Mitzer’s books and I felt this one was one of his best.  I was drawn in right away and read the book in just a couple of sittings.  
Thank you, Thomas and Mercer and Net Galley, for an advance copy for an honest review.
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Clint, an attorney, repeatedly tells himself:  "Twenty-seven-year-old women are not supposed to drown in the bathtub."   His best friend Nicky has been arrested for the murder of his wife.   Clint defends Nicky in the trial in 1986.  Every night, he goes home and tells his wife Anne about what happened in court.
    I thought the whole book would be about that trial.  Surprise, surprise, it isn't.   The story jumps to 2003-4, and again to 2020.  Surprises galore.  
    The author, Adam Mitzner has a great way with words and characterizations.  For example:  he tells about three types of noble lawyers.  The first type is the defender of the innocent such as Perry Mason and Atticus Finch.   The second type are the civil rights warriors like RBG.  
     This has been one of the best books I've read so far in 2020.  I thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer Publishers for the privilege of reading this.
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Adam Mitzner is a practicing attorney in New York who has somehow found the time to write eight legal thrillers set in New York. Just about a year ago, I reveiewed A Matter of Will, and began my review by saying “I don’t recall reading anything by Adam Mitzner, and I have no idea why!” Somehow, between then and now, I forgot about him, but thanks to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley, I recently received a copy of The Best Friend (in exchange for this honest review) and found it to be pretty much perfect as an escape for someone who’s been sheltering in place for a few months!

This is #3 in the Clint Broden series, but even though I haven’t read either Dead Certain or Never Goodbye, I found this one to be fine as a standalone. It gives a great deal of Clint’s backstory as it bounces back and forth between present day and thirty-plus years ago. When Clint was just starting his legal career in New York, he defended his BFF Nick Zamora in a case that made headlines and kickstarted Clint into his role as THE sought-after attorney for the rich and famous.

Although Clint had suspicions about the circumstances surrounding the drowning death of Nick’s wife back then, he chose to believe his friend hadn’t murdered his wife of one month. But their friendship wasn’t the same after that, and for the next few decades they went their separate ways. Nick comes back into Clint’s life, once again accused of killing his wife (this time a trophy fit to be seen on the arm of the megastar author and celebrity Nick has become). As the story unfolds, it seems possible that Clint might have a reason to agree to take the case other than wanting to prove Nick’s innocence.

It’s a fun read, well plotted with some interesting ethical dilemmas and fully developed characters. Like I said, I’ll be seeking out more of Mr. Mitzner’s work, and give this one five stars.
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Oooh this was good! I love a good legal thriller. However, the danger can be that once you've read the best of this genre, others fail to impress. This did not fail.

Told by three narrators - Clint, a lawyer, is wife Anne, and his best friend, Nick the writer - the reader gets great insight into events from a variety of perspectives. By using three narrators the author reveals little snippets of information that help us complete a mental jigsaw puzzle over the course of the book.

Clint and Nick have been friends since childhood but they are very different men. Clint is dependable, hardworking and smart, Nick is a bit of a playboy and struggling writer but they complement each other well. Adam Mitzner does well to make the characters feel rounded and realistic in all their traits and flaws. Anne is also constructed in this way and I really empathised with her and bought into her story.

I also loved that it was told across three different time periods - 1986, 2003 and 2020. This served to not only give us background to the three characters but keep the pace and only give us relevant plot.

Some incidents in the book were totally unexpected and I love being surprised as it doesn't happen nearly as often as I would like. 

I felt like this was right in the same category as Steve Cavanagh whose books I have loved recently. I'm definitely going back to previous titles from Adam Mitzner!

Thanks to Thomas and Mercer publishers and Netgalley for the advanced copy of this brilliant book.
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Clint Broden and Nick Zamora have been best friends since they were children.  They often said their relationship was better than siblings, since they actually liked each other.  Their story begins in 1986, when Clint is a young attorney and Nick is bartending while writing his first novel. During this time, Nick is accused of a serious crime and his friend, Clint, is by his side as his lawyer and defender.  As the story progresses, the two friends’ careers develop and they move apart. And, finally, thirty years later, Nick again finds himself again in need of a friend and Clint, older and much wiser, reappears to be by his side.

Although this is the third book in a series, it never felt like it.  The characters are well-drawn, there are backstories that add to the overall plot, and each section is told from a different point of view, giving the reader a full picture of events. The story is very well-written and the characters are believable and realistic.  As the story unfolded the emotions and motivations of the characters are revealed. 

I have enjoyed every Adam Mitzner book I’ve read and The Best Friend is no exception.  It’s a great legal thriller with an interesting and well conceived plot, and great characters. 

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book for review.
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This is a remarkable blend of a legal thriller and a story of strong personal relationships enduring, or not, over time.  In the opening section, Clint is representing his childhood friend Nicky who has been accused of murdering his wife.  I thought this was going to be the only plot line of the book, and early on, wasn't expecting more than a standard fare did he, or didn't he, court case with a surprise at the end.  The story of the trial moves quickly though, and I realized it was wrapping up and I was only a quarter of the way into the book.  After the trial, we jump ahead many years, and Clint's wife Anne picks up the story from her perspective, including recollections of how the trial impacted everyone's lives since.   This is followed by two more sections, one narrated by Nicky, and a final narration by Clint.  I like where this book took me, again, Mitzner has created characters that are easy to connect with and make you want to read their stories.  The characters are complex, their flawed, and even the ones I like make decisions that are hard to agree with.  Although this is technically the third in a series, it's only that because of recurring characters, it's a wonderful stand-alone book.  I thank NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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This story was very  well written with a fascinating cast of characters.  The author is a fine writer who takes the trouble to make his plot solid and reasonable and his characters realistic. 
Many thanks to Thomas & Mercer and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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The Best Friend is first a legal thriller. It’s a courtroom procedural tightly wrapped in anxiety and hope. It’s a mystery. But most of all, it’s a story about friendship, about family and relationships. It’s about how you choose who you love and how you keep those people in your life. 

Clint Broden and Nick Zamora have been best friends since childhood. In 1986, Clint is a struggling lawyer with a new practice. He’s married to Anne, an aspiring singer. Nick is a writer, working nights as a bartender. When Caroline, his wife of 5 weeks, is found drowned in the bathtub, Clint rushes to help. The resulting investigation and trial become the first part of the book. The second is Anne’s story in 2003. It links the past to what will come in the future, the present day, when Nicky once again turns to Clint for help. 

Strong, well described characters who seem like people you might meet and a layered plot that reveals a conclusion that spans time and place make The Best Friend the best legal thriller I have read. Should my review seem a little flat or perhaps lacking in places, do not blame the book, I’m doing my best to avoid spoilers so you can read it all straight through, just as I did. 5 stars, I wish I could give more.

Thanks to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and Adam Mitzner for this ARC.
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Author Adam Mitzner has written a twisty, juicy tale of best friends, so close they think of one another as brothers, and the competition that silently runs through their relationship as one depends upon the other to defend him in a court case.  Well, not just any court case, a murder case that will ultimately make both friends very famous.  After which, they will part ways without resolving the undercurrent in their relationship.  I will not provide any more details because THE BEST FRIEND is a book best read without preconceptions or much advance warning, other than, it is a great story and worth every minute spent reading.  It is fast, engaging and the twists are exciting.  This was my first by the author, although the third in the series.  I have gone in search of the earlier books, this was just that good.  I received my copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
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The Best Friend is one of the best legal thrillers I have read in a long time, a cracking wonderful story with a cast of great characters, brilliant court scenes, shocks and some real twists you don’t see coming.
The depth of this story holds your interest throughout, the term ‘page turner’ has never been so apt.
The plot is unusual and compelling, narrated by the three main characters, defence attorney Chris Borden, his wife Anne and his best friend from childhood Nick.
Gradually the layers of the story are peeled back and revealed, there was one small statement, a sentence really, that shocked me to the core, so much so I had to take a deep breath and stop reading until my heart rate settled, it came out of the blue and my heart went out to Clint.
I can’t praise the standard of writing enough, well done indeed Mr Mitzner.
My thanks to net galley and publisher for the opportunity to review this book honestly.
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Book Review: The Best Friend (Broden Legal #3) by Adam Mitzner
(Published by Thomas & Mercer)

4.25 Stars

"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.."

With smooth transitions in alternating first person narratives, the author weaves a compelling tale through three decades, from sea to shining sea - 1986, 2003 and 2020 in the Big Apple, the Hamptons, and the West Coast, with fully developed characters, complex relationships, at times amicable even familial, heartwarming, at times antagonistic, and as it turns out, with good reason to be.

Although "The Best Friend" is the third book in a legal series, I read the novel as a standalone, my first of the author, a Manhattan attorney - and what a read!

Presented in all of 300-plus pages, F. Clinton Broden and Nick Zamora, in an abbreviated way, brings to mind those epic tales presented in volume segments over years. Think Jeffrey Archer's Abel Rosnovski and William Kane. Even Harry Clifton and Gile Barrington. Or perhaps, Irwin Shaw's Jordache siblings.

Family and friendship, and vitriol and bitter rivalry; courtroom drama, legal techniques - refreshingly unrecycled, and capital crime cases, once or twice removed. Whodunnit? The answer seems obvious, and yet it pops out of nowhere. With Adam Mitzner's protagonists, indeed, as the French saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Review based on an e-galley ARC from Thomas & Mercer through NetGalley.
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In his afterword, Adam Mitzner writes that his wife thinks this is the best of the books he's written.  I agree wholeheartedly.  It is, in fact, one of the best legal thrillers I've read.  By changing time and character Mitzner has been able to give us a fully developed and complex stories, characters that are real, and the kind of courtroom tension that keeps the readers on the edge of their seats.  Huzzah Mr. Mitzner  This is a tour de force.
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This is an excellent novel with a legal theme, and a rather unusual plot. The storytelling and the characters are great, making the book easy to read and very unpredictable and interesting. Normally I don't like changing first person POV, but here it's almost acceptable because they are in a few big sections. I still would have preferred third person.
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The Best Friend by Adam Mitzner is one of the best courtroom dramas I've read in some time. I should be sorry that I wasn't familiar with Mitzner's writing before now but I'm not, because now there are all of his other books to look forward to!

The story is broken down into four parts and is narrated by three different characters, attorney Clint Broden, his wife Anne, and his best friend Nick Zamora.

Part 1 begins in 1986, when Nick is accused of a serious crime. Clint defends his friend in court, and the story progresses from there, as does Clint's career. I was caught up in the story line immediately, as the book was well-written and although I thought I knew where it was going, I was interested in how it would play out. Ah, was I in for a surprise.

Part 2, beginning in 2003, takes everything to a new level, as Anne begins to narrate, and layers are peeled back to reveal details that deepened my interest level and made me realize I didn't have a clue where this story was going. I was hooked.

Part 3, set in 2020, is narrated by Nick, and it yanked the hook tighter as a new era in his life is presented. An older and maybe (or maybe not) wiser Nick becomes embroiled in another drama, and Clint reappears after 34 years to help his friend once again.

Part 4 brings us back around to Clint. I was still guessing in this section how everything would play out, and I wasn't disappointed in the surprise factor. Clint is indeed there for Nick, but things have changed, and somehow everything old is new again.

The Best Friend is a story so intriguing and so well-written, that I could sense the depth of feeling from each character toward the others. I may not have truly cared for all the characters, and I might have disagreed with some of their choices - or even all of their choices - but I never, at any point, failed to understand why they did what they did, and I never questioned their emotions.

With much gratitude to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer, and especially Adam Mitzner for an ARC in exchange for my review.

5+ stars
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Wow. Just wow. Not that I'm terribly surprised, mind you - I've read two other books by this author (although not in this series) and loved them both - but this one pretty much blew me away.

In 1986, struggling defense attorney Clint Broden lands an unexpected client: His best friend, Nick Zamora, who's been charged with the murder of his new wife Carolyn, a successful attorney in her own right. Nick, an aspiring writer, insists he's innocent; out of loyalty if nothing else, Clint agrees to serve as his attorney - even though he has a few misgivings. But he makes his living defending people he strongly suspects are guilty; after all, they, too, are entitled to a fair trial.

What happens in the courtroom changes both men's lives; 30 or so years later, Nick has left New York for Los Angeles, realizing his lifelong dream of becoming a respected writer of novels, screenplays and other lucrative assignments. Clint, who gained fame at the conclusion of Nick's trial, is in demand as well; he and his wife, Anne, have two mostly grown daughters (one a talented singer who takes after her mother) and all's right with both men's worlds.

Until it isn't. What are the chances that lightening will strike twice? Nick and Clint haven't spoken since Nick moved to the other side of the country, but now they must as Nick once again is desperate for legal help from his old friend. But many other things have changed, especially in Clint's mind. Old suspicions die hard (pun intended), so will he be able to let bygones be bygones at any cost? Chapters shift from Clint to Nick to Clint's wife, Anne, giving readers insights into what's really going on (including plenty of surprises). I wish I could be more specific, but revealing much more would spoil the excitement for other readers.

So for now, all I can do is profusely thank the publisher, via NetGalley, for allowing me to read and review a pre-release copy. I'm still trying to catch my breath - highly recommended!
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