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  • 01/2015
  • 430 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 12/2014
  • 9781503114784
  • 430 pages
  • $15.75
Grant of Immunity
Garret Holms, author
It’s 1976, Los Angeles. Sarah Collins, a young mother of two, is brutally raped and murdered at the Hollywood Reservoir. For nineteen years, the murder remains unsolved and the case goes cold. In 1995, the streets of Los Angeles are being terrorized by Jake Babbage, a traffic cop who uses his position of power to rape and murder innocent women. On his way to court one day, Babbage sees Judge Daniel Hart. The two recognize each other, and the terrifying night of nineteen years ago comes back to haunt the highly respected judge. The aftermath of the encounter brings long-buried secrets to light and tests the moral fiber of Judge Hart, who has committed himself to protecting those victimized by the very crimes of which he is now accused.

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Holms uses his experience as a prosecutor, defense attorney, and judge to make this legal thriller a gripping read. In 1995, Daniel Hart, a successful Los Angeles judge, is still tormented by a trauma 19 years earlier. When Hart was 15, he witnessed the murder of Sarah Collins, stabbed to death at the Lake Hollywood Reservoir by Snake, a sadistic acquaintance of his. Terrified that he would be next, Hart has remained silent about the events of that night and guilty that he didn’t protect Sarah. Meanwhile, LAPD Sgt. Jake Babbage, the erstwhile Snake, hasn’t lost his taste for abusing women. After he targets Sarah’s 21-year-old daughter, Erin, and demands sex from her by threatening to press a DUI charge, Babbage and Hart cross paths again, and the murderer devises a complex scheme to save his own skin and frame the judge. The action builds to a climax that’s a tad melodramatic, but Holms convincingly renders the courtroom scenes and legal strategies on both sides. (BookLife)
Kirkus Reviews

In Holms’ debut legal thriller, a crooked cop manipulates the justice system to wreak havoc on the lives of a judge, a fellow officer, and a young woman.

LAPD Sgt. Jake Babbage has been following young Erin Collins for some time because she looks just like her mother, Sarah, whom Babbage raped and murdered 19 years earlier. He pulls Erin over for a DUI and sexually assaults her. Erin and her older brother, Sean, a lawyer, take Babbage to court, but he manages to skirt the system. Babbage isn’t finished: he tricks Erin into violating her probation, and the Collins’ friend detective William Fitzgerald, who originally worked Sarah’s unsolved case, can’t prevent Erin’s arrest. Babbage then blackmails the judge presiding over Erin’s hearing, Daniel Hart—an unwitting accomplice to Sarah’s murder years ago when teen Daniel was unable to stop Babbage from killing her. The judge refuses to cooperate, so Babbage outright accuses Daniel of murder, with Babbage himself as the witness and Daniel facing criminal charges. The bulk of the author’s novel takes place inside a courtroom, with lawyers examining witnesses and repeatedly hurling objections. The story, however, is fast-paced thanks to sharp dialogue and intelligent legal arguments. For instance, Babbage’s claims regarding Erin, as argued by his attorney, are believable, especially since she may have been a willing participant to avoid jail for her DUI. Babbage is an unforgettable villain, particularly in the repulsive scene of his attack on Sarah. But Holms wisely inserts another antagonist into the courtroom: prosecutor Doris Reynolds plans to run against Daniel for judge at the next election, so she has every reason to see him convicted for murder. Sean’s dilemma is riveting: he must decide whether to join the prosecutors’ side or trust Daniel’s version of events and help exonerate him. For the lawyers, defense attorney Amanda Jordan is the champion; her legal wranglings with Reynolds provide the book’s juiciest morsels. The violent ending offers even more suspense, and not everyone’s still standing when it’s over.

Fans of legal thrillers will be appeased, but the energetic, brisk story makes a thoroughly enjoyable read for anyone.

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 01/2015
  • 430 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 12/2014
  • 9781503114784
  • 430 pages
  • $15.75

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