“Deadly Proof” is book number one in Rachel Dylan’s series Atlanta Justice. We are introduced to Kate Sullivan who is the counsel for the plaintiff in a lawsuit against a big pharmaceutical company. This is a beginning case for those who have taken a drug for migraine headaches, which is purported to cause terminal brain tumors. The case focuses on one victim in particular, a young girl who, after taking the drug, develops a fatal tumor. Her mother is part of this case. Kate is determined to get justice for those suffering the effects of the drugs and their families.
She is contacted by an informant from inside the big pharma company who tries to help Kate by divulging damaging evidence that the company knew of the dangers of the drug, but went ahead with the development and deployment. After this informant is found dead Kate calls Landon James a private investigator and former Army Ranger to investigate the death. After strange, terrifying things start happening to Kate, Landon calls in his buddies from earlier days to help protect her. Someone on the inside of the law firm is handing information to the defendant’s attorney Ethan, a friend of Kate’s from law school. All evidence points to his collaboration with someone on the inside, but Kate can’t believe that he would stoop to illegal actions to win his case. This novel keeps the reader on the edge of his seat waiting for the next attack on Kate and wondering who is involved with whom in this baffling case.
I really enjoyed reading this thriller. I know it is supposed to be a clean, Christian mystery-thriller, but I tired of the preachy dialogue that was too prevalent throughout the novel. A little goes a long way.
I received a complimentary print review copy of this book from Bethany House publishers and LitFusePublicity.com in return for posting a review.