Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Deadly Proof (Atlanta Justice, #1)” as Want to Read:
Deadly Proof (Atlanta Justice, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Deadly Proof

(Atlanta Justice #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,686 ratings  ·  365 reviews
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 o
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Bethany House Publishers (first published September 2017)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Deadly Proof, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Deadly Proof

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.05  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,686 ratings  ·  365 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Deadly Proof (Atlanta Justice, #1)
100 Pages per Hour
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This first book in the new Atlanta Justice series by Rachel Dylan is superb. There isn’t a lot of Christian Legal Fiction out there so I was thrilled when Bethany House picked up this author as I’d already grown to love her independent books and Love Inspired Suspense books.

One of the biggest reasons I was excited about this series was the fact that it is a series of three books with female lawyer main characters. So many of our books are centered on the hero in the books so it is nice to have a
Andrea Cox
Dec 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: challenges-2017
by Andrea Renee Cox

When I saw the endorsement on the front cover of this book, I knew I wanted to read it. How could I not when it’s touted to “rival a John Grisham novel”?

I wish I had a bunch of positive things to say about this book, but I cannot pretend I enjoyed it. This is an extremely difficult review to write, because I dislike being negative about any author’s hard work. I know how many hours and emotions and commitment go into writing a novel, and I appreciate the passion and effort and
Cheryl Baranski
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Deadly Proof is book one in the Atlanta Justice series by Rachel Dylan. Do you love to read suspense, romance, and legal fiction then this is the book for you? This a nail biting, edge of your seat kind of book. When you least expect it something else happens to leave you wondering what will happen next. Your anticipation will not be satisfied until you have devoured this book page by page. I received a complimentary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 5 stars!
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was ok

This book was really interesting.

Probably won't read it ever again, or read any more from this author.... but that's not saying the book wasn't good. Because it was! It just really wasn't my gig.
"Litigation is always ugly. That was the truth of the matter."

Kate Sullivan, plaintiff's attorney, is pursuing a case against Big Pharma -- Mason Pharmaceutical Corporation -- on behalf of clients harmed by a drug for migraines named Celix. Her opposing counsel, a former fellow law student and good friend, Ethan Black, is firmly convinced that she is tilting windmills. When people begin dying, the stakes rise higher and Kate herself is in danger. She finds the smoking gun and suddenly it's life
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have such a book hangover! Stayed up until three in the morning because I could not put Deadly Proof down. So I'm all frazzled nerves and discombobulated brain but valiantly trying to put into words how good this book is. And I don't even like legal thrillers. Mostly because I get so confused by the legal jargon. But Dylan didn't lose me once. She deftly wove layman descriptions into the technical bits so I totally understood what was happening, why certain procedures were so important and boy ...more
My interest was immediately piqued by this author when I saw the cover and read the synopsis. I like a good legal thriller, and I had high hopes for this one.

Unfortunately, this book fell short for me. While I didn't love all the legality, I actually enjoyed those bits more than the other story included with Landon and Kate. Their relationship seemed very contrived, and I would have liked to see more of their life outside the whole case. Whenever there were normal scenes, all their struggles we
Sarah Grace Grzy
I have to admit, I had very low expectations for this book, so was pleasantly surprised when it was better than I thought.

The story was very different than any I've read before, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Both Kate and Landon were interesting characters and I enjoyed their stories. The legal aspect was interesting and enlightening. I really loved the romance. Sweet and slow, just how I like it.

There were a couple of minor inconsistencies with the characters that bugged me a bit, but like I
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this legal thriller! The author made me feel as if I was in a law firm, trying to build a strategy, wade through documents, and work out how to win a case. It felt very realistic. Along with the legal drama, I thought that the suspense and danger were layered into the story nicely.

Overall, I was impressed with the reality of how a law firm works. I could also feel the enormity of power that a huge corporation can wield, especially with the right connections and legal backing
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fast-paced drama keeps the reader glued to the pages, as well as quickly escalating high-stakes legal implications and hard-hitting realistic fiction! The closer the case gets to trial, the more danger lead counsel Kate Sullivan faces. Can she bring a satisfying resolution to court before it’s too late?

I’ve never read a legal thriller/suspense before because the subject never interested me until I had opportunity to read Deadly Proof. I thought; why not give it a try? I’m so glad I did because i
I really enjoyed this legal thriller! Kate was a pleasant character to get to know and I quickly became invested in her effort to stop the bad guys who were knowingly putting bad drugs on the market. There were loads of twists and this case was like peeling back layers of an onion. It kept my brain engaged and the case is well paced.

I loved how layered each other the characters are and how their good and evil impulses are spelled out, so even the side characters are having to make real choices a
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my first read from Rachel Dylan, and I was definitely impressed. Page-turning suspense from start to finish, great plot, good characters, and an ending I never saw coming. I particularly liked the courtroom and behind the scenes drama. The premise of a civil lawsuit against a drug company for side effects of a drug was so appropriate for today's happenings. The manipulations and outright lies by the drug company were not the least bit surprising. This was definitely an edge-of-your-seat ...more
BAM Endlessly Booked
Dec 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, e-book, mystery
Thank you to Rachel Dylan, Bethany House, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

So this is the first legal thriller I've read that has a spiritual angle. The attorney, Kate, goes to church, and talks about her relationship with God to her PI, Landon, who is a battle hardened Iraqi veteran. She's straightlaced, positive, a team player, but racked with depressive episodes and guilt over self-destructive behaviors as a young adult.
Her case is against Big P
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
My thoughts:
Legal thrillers aren't usually my cup of tea. This one gripped me from the first page. I was fascinated with the behind the scenes working of the lawsuit.

I loved Kate's determination to get to the truth. I loved that she wanted justice for her clients. The underhandedness of the defendant was intriguing as well. Because it made wonder exactly how far the corruption went. The dynamic between Kate and Landon was interesting. I wasn't too sure I liked them as a couple, but they did gro
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Right from the start, Deadly Proof sets itself up as a very fast-paced book. Events progress quickly, making it easy to be drawn into the story, while the tension increases throughout, culminating in a thrilling end. Deadly Proof is an exciting legal thriller, with threads of friendship, romance, and faith.

Kate Sullivan has just been handed the biggest legal case of her career - fighting for justice against a big pharmaceutical company responsible for the deaths of many people. But when a possi
Maureen Timerman
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
If you enjoy a read with you heart in your throat, this one will probably do it. You never knew when the next shoe would drop, and just when you feel safe, boom or grab. People are murdered or just disappear, and why, greed seems to be the answer here.
The author kept me on my toes, and I felt like I was reading something that was in the paper, there is often a lawsuit against a drug company, and what drug doesn’t seem to come with warnings?
Surprises abound right up until the end, never would ha
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Deadly Proof ( Atlanta Justice #1 )
By: Rachel Dylan
Deadly Proof is book one in Atlanta Justice series. Rachel Dylan has another winner. She did not disappoint. I caught myself trying to read faster to see what was going to happen next. Deadly Proof is one of those legal thrillers that when you start you do not want to put it down . Dylan had me on the edge of my seat all through the book. She kept me guessing till the end. The story and the characters both were well developed. Kate Sullivan is a
Dana Michael
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! My Heart is still pumping rapidly from this action packed legal thriller. I have read every book by this author and this is her best book to date in my opinion. Packed with non stop action and suspense I couldn't put the book down. The heroine was a strong character but had the sweetest heart. I loved that about her. The hero was a handsome former army ranger. He was hired as a private investigator to help in the case against a huge pharmaceutical company. Their romance grew at a believabl ...more
I like lawyer novels, but so many of them have content I don’t care for. This book was refreshing for it’s thrilling, but clean content.

Characters: .75/1
The characters were all well-rounded, though some things that happened or that they did were fairly predictable. My favorites were Kate and Landon, but they were also the most developed characters. The minor characters were slightly developed, but didn’t have a lot of depth to them.

Dialogue: 1/1
Having never been to a law office or a
Chautona Havig
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Deadly Proof Is in the Reading Pudding— It's a Winner

Legal thrillers can be either too over-dramatized to be believable or too full of legal mumbo jumble to be enjoyable. Rachel Dylan, however, is more than just a former lawyer, she’s a top-notch author. With just enough action and intrigue to keep the pace ever-increasing and the right balance of characterization and expert research, this book grips you from the first page and leaves you collapsed in a book-drunk stupor at the end.

I cannot
Vera Godley
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I find it fascinating to read about the inner workings of legal procedures as a case comes to trial. It doesn't matter if the main story is about the prosecution's side or that of the defendant. It is interesting. Of course, I don't understand the terms being used, but the author's ability to write about how information is gathered and presented and what is and is not allowed in court is certainly evidenced in Deadly Proof as practicing attorney and author Rachel Dylan takes us into the world wh ...more
Pam Graber
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you’re looking for a fast-paced, legal thriller to add to your TBR list, Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan should be right at the top of your stack! This book is packed with legal intrigue, swirling emotions and strong faith.
In the midst of the biggest trial of her career, danger stalks attorney Kate Sullivan. As the attacks against her escalate from tire slashing to physical threats, can she keep her cool long enough to get justice for her clients in a clash against Big Pharma? Mason Pharmaceuti
Amanda Tero
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy a hint of suspense, but when I realized that this book was set at a law firm and the storyline was primarily legal, I wasn't so sure I would enjoy it. I am happy to say that I was dead wrong (as my rating hints). I thoroughly enjoyed this read! It was very educational without making me feel like I was reading something completely out of my element. I actually enjoyed everything with the court cases and found the information very creatively woven throughout the entire story.

Kate was a cha
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, owned
This book got off to a bit of a slow start for me. Not sure why, but it took me a few days of light reading...then I was hooked!

Once the hook was in, the book went with us while running all errands...even if I might only get a page or two read. That night, I just couldn't put it down, the hook kept me up till 1:30 AM ( no I didn't fight that hook hard, no point! ). Both sides of the case are shown here, which isn't common in this genre. Not sure if I always want to know both sides, but it was a
Get ready for a high octane, exciting roller coaster
type journey into a tangled web of clues, mystery,
murder, deceit, intrigue, secrets, kidnapping and
much more suspense!!!
The story combines romantic suspense and a well
written legal thriller into one that the reader will
want to read in one sitting.
Kate Sullivan, a trial lawyer has just been chosen
as the lead council in a huge case against Mason
Pharmaceutical Company regarding their release
of dangerous, life threatening drugs. With informatio
Sandy Bartles
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is such a wonderful fast-paced legal thriller. It kept me on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what was going to happen next. Kate Sullivan is a partner in the plaintiff's firm of Warren McGee, and has been working on a case involving a pharmaceutical company (MPC) that manufactured a migraine pill that causes brain tumors in patients. MPC will go to any lengths to come out on top of this case, up to and including murder. I enjoyed this book so much I was actually reading parts of it ...more
Raechel Lenore
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
2.5/3 stars

I'm not really sure how it escaped my notice upon requesting this book that it was a legal-thriller, but somehow it did, so that was a bit of a surprise upon beginning the story. ^.^ 
While I generally don't read a lot of legal suspense novels, I didn't hate this one. There were times when I felt a little lost because of the legal-setting/speech etc. but it wasn't terrible for me.
Somebody who enjoys this genre won't be lost at all. 

There are two female characters that I literally could
Fiction Aficionado
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Kate Sullivan had no idea what she was getting herself into when she took on the Mason Pharmaceutical (MPC) litigation! Sure, she knew it was big; thousands of cases had been filed on behalf of victims who had died or been injured taking their migraine drug, and as lead counsel, she was determined to get the justice they deserved. But was she really prepared for just how far someone would go to make sure the truth never came to light?

The key to unlocking this case for Kate is in the discovery ph
Suzie Waltner
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’m thrilled some legal suspense books have popped up in the Christian market this year. Admittedly, they’ve probably been around for a while and I’m just finding them so maybe I should say I’m thrilled to read some of the new legal suspense books this year. John Grisham books used to be a favorite of mine, and cleaner options with faith threads running through them are a needed alternative.
Even though Rachel Dylan has published several books in the Love Inspired Suspense line, I wasn’t aware of
This is a fairly fast paced, well written, suspenseful legal thriller with a light touch of romance. The legal terms are well explained for those who aren't familiar with legalese and it was interesting that we got to read about both sides of the case. I think it added to the drama of the whole story line.

I liked how Kate had such a strong work ethic along with a compassionate heart for the people she is trying to get justice for. It is encouraging that in spite of her personal issues she keeps
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Night Fall (The Quantico Files, #1)
  • Standoff (Natchez Trace Park Rangers, #1)
  • Hostile Intent (Danger Never Sleeps, #4)
  • Active Defense (Danger Never Sleeps, #3)
  • The Traitor's Pawn
  • A Secret to Die For
  • Always Look Twice (Uncommon Justice, #2)
  • Night Prey (Nighthawk Security #6)
  • Acceptable Risk (Danger Never Sleeps, #2)
  • Don't Keep Silent (Uncommon Justice, #3)
  • Justice Buried (Memphis Cold Case #2)
  • The Escape (US Marshals, #1)
  • One Final Breath (Dive Team Investigations, #3)
  • Justice Delayed (Memphis Cold Case #1)
  • Called to Protect (Blue Justice, #2)
  • The Killing Tide (Coastal Guardians, #1)
  • Night Watch (Nighthawk Security #5)
  • Dead End (Kaely Quinn Profiler, #3)
See similar books…
See top shelves…
Rachel Dylan is an award-winning and bestselling author of legal thrillers and romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade including being a litigator at one of the nation's top law firms. She enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. Rachel writes the Atlanta Justice Series which features strong, female attorneys in Atlanta. Deadly Proof, the first book in the Atlan ...more

Other books in the series

Atlanta Justice (3 books)
  • Lone Witness (Atlanta Justice, #2)
  • Breach of Trust (Atlanta Justice, #3)

News & Interviews

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our...
14 likes · 3 comments
“Faith can only get you so far. It can get pretty dark when God turns His back on you.” 0 likes
More quotes…