Review | Deadly Proof

34020189Deadly Proof

 (Atlanta Justice #1)

by Rachel Dylan (Goodreads Author)
 4.12  ·  Rating details ·  203 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews

Riveting New Series Offers Legal Suspense with a Romantic Twist

In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower’s allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.

Determined not to make the same mistakes, he’s intent on keeping Kate

safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything–even murder–to keep the case from going to trial.

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My Review

Ohh this was such a good mystery thriller.  This is the first book by Rachel Dylan that I have read and I am thoroughly impressed.  I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

This is the first book in the Atlanta Justice Series.  In this story top attorney Kate Sullivan has just landed lead on her first multijurisdictional case.  The case is against a big pharm company call Mason Pharmaceutical Company.  They developed and released a drug that caused brain tumors in the people who had taken the drug.  Some of the tumors even caused death.  After a nervous woman who has info on the case turns up dead, Kate decides that she will need to hire a PI to help her investigate.  Her normal PI that she hires is unavailable, but he suggests someone else named Landon James.

Landon is ex military with a dark past.  He is throwing hisself into work to avoid dealing with his darkness.  When he accepts  the position to help Kate, he didn’t realize that it may be his toughest job yet.  As things get dicey and Kate becomes a target, Landon has to hire a security company to help him.  He is worried for her safety for more reasons than just business.  Can Landon keep her safe and deal with his own feelings?

As the case heats up strange things begin to happen.  Someone on the inside is trying to sabotage the case.  On top of that someone is gunning for her.  Is there anyone Kate can trust?  As things heat up and the case gets closer to the trial date more things happen and she is scared, but will she be able to just walk away?

This book was well written and the characters were well-developed.  The characters use their faith to get them through some of the trying times. Kate is a firm believer and such a strong character.  Landon has some demons he is dealing with.  Meeting Kate may just be what can help him to find the lighted path out of the darkness.  Maybe he can also find his way back to his faith.

This is an action packed thriller and will keep you turning the pages till the end.  It is full of surprises, twists and turns.  Just when you think you have it all figured out a new twists will throw you off.   Not only that but it is so full of danger and thrills.

I really enjoyed this book and will look for more from this author.  She keeps the audience captivated and her story does not have any lacking areas.  I highly recommend this book to those who love The Woman’s Murder Club Series by James Patterson.  It is a thrilling read!

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Rachel DylanRachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including inspirational romantic suspense for Love Inspired Suspense and the Windy Ridge Legal Thriller series. Rachel has practiced law for almost a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. She lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids–two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers. You can find Rachel at

*Author info and picture courtesy of Goodreads

Bethany House Q & A with Rachel

1. The Atlanta Justice series is centered around strong, female lawyers who take on
high-stakes cases. What made you want to write their stories?
I’d have to say it’s personal! Having been an attorney for eleven years now, I love being
able to pour parts of myself into the books. My everyday life as a lawyer isn’t that
exciting and is definitely not as dangerous! But I’m able to draw on what I’ve lived
through to bring life and authenticity to these characters.
2. What type of research did you do for Deadly Proof?
One of the great things about writing books related to my career is that I know lawyers
who practice all different types of law. Deadly Proof focuses on Kate Sullivan, who is a
plaintiff’s attorney taking on a big pharmaceutical company. I don’t do this specific type
of plaintiff’s work, but I know lawyers who do, and I was able to talk with them. Also, I
was able to relate to my characters on the defense side because I’ve done that work for
years. It was really fun to write the perspectives of characters on both sides of the case.
3. Is there a reason you chose Atlanta for this series?
Yes! I’m from Georgia and lived in Atlanta, practicing law at a large law firm, for eight
years. I wanted to pick a setting I was intimately familiar with to give readers an
authentic Atlanta experience—sweet tea and all.
4. Where do you think Kate’s passion for her work comes from?
Kate truly believes that her life’s work is to help those who have been wronged. I believe
a lot of her passion stems from her strong faith that has developed over the years. She’s
not a lawyer to make big bucks but to change people’s lives for the better.
5. What is the next book in the Atlanta Justice series about?
Book two is about Kate’s friend Sophie Dawson, who we meet in Deadly Proof. Sophie
is an Atlanta prosecutor. This story is exciting because it involves a completely different
type of legal case than Deadly Proof. But I promise things get just as dangerous!


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