“Deadly Proof” by Rachel Dylan

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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.

Rachel Dylan
The Deadly Proof  is in the pudding – you won’t be able to put it down!  Dylan’s newest book is a fast-paced, suspense story full of drama and action.
I loved the way that Kate was super smart and willing to do the right thing, no matter the time or consequence.  She knew where her priorities lie, and she stuck with them.
Landon was just as fascinating – kind of like Gibbs on NCIS.  He’s dealing with lots of emotional traumaand not always very well, but his goals are good and true.  His backstory is hidden, at first, and Dylan lets it pour out slowly through the story, giving you just enough to whet your appetite for more.
Deadly Proof has a big, surprising twist at the end.  I thought it was all sounding a little too clean, and I enjoyed the way that Dylan wrote the climax and resolution.
I had a bit of trouble in the beginning keeping track of characters.  This was in part because there were a lot of lawyers in the large cast of characters, and partly because it wasn’t clear in the beginning which ones were the good guys and which ones were the bad guys.  Somehow my confusion suddenly cleared up, and I was good from that point on.
Deadly Proof is a very smart book.  It may be to a reader’s advantage to have some passing knowledge of law going in, in the same way that knowing something about tactical maneuvers might benefit a Ronie Kendig reader, but I trusted that Kate knew her legal stuff, and I didn’t worry about legal details.  Using that strategy, I was good to go throughout the story, and seemed to follow the action just fine.
I really enjoyed my time with Deadly Proof.  This was my first Dylan book, but I’m eagerly looking for more.
I received a free copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity.  All opinions are my own.

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