Review: Aaron Littman is the chairman of Cromwell, Altman, Rosenthal and White, one of New York City's most prestigious law firms. He is wealthy, married for more than twenty years to Cynthia, a physician, and father of two teen aged girls. Things could not get any better for him. But they can get worse, in Losing Faith, a legal drama by Adam Mitzner.
Aaron agrees to accept $150,000 just to go and meet with Nicolai Garkov, a Russian Mafia mobster, under house arrest for a number of crimes, including terrorism and murder. Garkov wants Aaron to be his legal defense attorney at his trial at which the Honorable Faith Nichols will be the presiding judge. This will be a jury trial. All Aaron has to do is convince the judge to find Garkov not guilty of all charges. If Aaron will not or cannot do this, Garkov will crush both their careers and destroy both families. The Mafia mobster has proof that Aaron and Faith had a torrid affair during a recent trial where Faith was the judge and Aaron the defense attorney. But it was a one-time fling; Faith has not spoken to Aaron since the end of that trial.
Aaron calls Faith to meet him in secret to discuss their options. According to Faith, there were no options. She would not agree to let this criminal go free. Aaron realizes by her refusal to consider any options his life as he now knows it was over. He goes home and confesses to Cynthia about his affair and his sell out to Garkov. Stunned by his confession, Cynthia insists he leave their home and move into a hotel. She needs time alone. The next morning Faith's body is found in the park where she an Aaron had met. The news of his affair with the judge soon becomes common knowledge and Aaron is arrested for her murder He is defended by his good friend and mentor, Sam Rosenthal, who had brought him into the firm many years before. The ensuing trial is filled with allusions, innuendoes, and lies by both the prosecution and defense. The truth now seemingly irrelevant, it's simply a matter of which side can present the most convincing argument on the events leading up to the murder of Judge Faith Nichols.
Losing Faith is a tense, exciting look at the legal system and how it can be used to manipulate a guilty or not guilty verdict by twisting the law that both sides have been sworn to protect. The characters are fully realized and the setting immersive. With riveting courtroom scenes, this well-crafted and plotted novel is a stunning examination of the judicial process and highly recommended.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Losing Faith.
Acknowledgment: Simon & Schuster provided a copy of Losing Faith for this review.
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Selected reviews of other mysteries by this author …
A Case of Redemption
Gallery Books (Hardcover), May 2013
ISBN-13: 9781451674798; ISBN-10: 1451674791
The Girl from Home
Gallery Books (Hardcover), April 2016
ISBN-13: 9781476764283; ISBN-10: 147676428X
Location(s) referenced in Losing Faith: New York City
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Losing Faith by Adam Mitzner
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: April 2015
List Price: $26.00
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