Title: Deadly Proof (Atlanta Justice #1)
Author: Rachel Dylan
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Kate Sullivan has just been named lead counsel in a huge case with several defendants suing a large pharmaceutical company. Their drug to treat migraines also causes brain tumors. The lawsuits allege that the company knew the drug caused brain tumors, but released it to the public anyway. Kate is pitted against her friend, Ethan, as he has been tapped to defend the company. As prep work begins on the case, Kate hires a private detective, Landon, to investigate leads provided by a potential whistleblower. However, the whistleblower is found murdered before any information can be discovered by Landon. Kate is the only one who met with the whistleblower and has been told to dig deeper because there is more going on than just this one drug.
As the case progresses, Kate faces personal attacks and Landon begins to serve as protection for her as well as to investigate. An attraction has developed between them, but they both battle issues from their past. Kate also knows that Ethan is holding documents back that could possibly prove his client’s guilt, as well as trying to sandbag her with thousands of irrelevant documents causing her research team to spend hours wading through junk mail. She begins to wonder at Ethan’s ethics. How far will he and the company go to keep this case from going to trial? She also deals daily with fighting depression. Her faith in God is the only thing that helps her get out of bed some days. She depends on Him to get her through each day.
This is the first book I have read by this author, and it won’t be the last! Her expertise in legal matters shines and the amount of work involved in preparing a case for trial certainly is evident. My favorite part is Kate’s willingness to share her faith, but not be preachy or condescending. She talked about her faith, but she also lived it as an example. The romance seemed a little rushed for me and kind of sappy. I would like to see more time spent developing the romantic relationship in the next book in the series. I liked seeing the viewpoint from both sides of the lawsuit, and the way the three main lawyers (Kate, Ethan and Nicole) resolved conflicts. The dedication to seek justice and truth legally without compromise by Kate and Nicole, which came with a cost, was admirable. For those who enjoy legal thrillers, this is the book for you!
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