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WHEN EVIL HIDES BEHIND A BADGE, NO ONE IS SAFE . .. 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.


Praise for Grant of Immunity"[T]he energetic, brisk story makes a thoroughly enjoyable read for anyone."  -Kirkus Reviews"[A]mazing book, complex and textured and never predictable . . . You're going to love this one, the climax is a stunner." -James N. Frey, author of 7 best-selling How-To-Write books, including How To Write A Damn Good Thriller; author of six thriller novels.From Booklife by Publishers Weekly 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.Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Grant of Immunity is a legal thriller written by Garret Holms. The story begins in 1976, when Danny Hart sneaked out of his bedroom late at night while his grandmother was asleep. He was going to party with Snake, an older guy he met at the pet store, a scary dude who had snakes and was unpredictable and cruel. Danny usually babysat for Snake's girlfriend, Sarah, who had two small children, but Snake invited Danny along for this evening's fun. The three of them drove to a lake and started to smoke some weed, but then things got crazy and violent. Years later, Snake is now a sergeant with the LAPD and Danny is a Superior Court Justice. Sarah's two small children have grown up, and Erin, her daughter, is being stalked by Jake. Garret Holms' debut legal thriller, Grant of Immunity, is an outstanding combination of courtroom drama and police procedural. The author, a judge and legal expert, creates an enthralling story and a truly thrilling series of courtroom scenes that had me forgetting about doing anything but reading on. Babbage ranks up there with Lecter and other legendary sadistic/sociopathic criminals, and seeing him assume a policeman's uniform was chilling. Better even than the grisly Babbage, however, are the other characters who people this remarkable story: Fitzgerald, the cop who never stopped seeking justice for Sarah, and Danny Hart, among others. Holms' writing is smooth and assured, and his story-telling skills are superb. Grant of Immunity is going to thrill fans of both the police procedural and legal thriller genres. It's a most impressive debut novel indeed. Grant of Immunity is most highly recommended.

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  • PDF | 430 pages
  • Garret Holms(Author)
  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (January 15, 2015)
  • English
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  • Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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  • By michael a. draper on April 28, 2015

    Did you ever wonder about the background of some of the judges who pass judgment on others?In "Grant of Immunity" Danny Hart was a teenager who was talked into joining his friend Snake for a night of fun. Danny was age fifteen. He used to babysit for the two little children of Snake's girlfriend, Sarah. On this night, Snake was showing off and after smoking a bit of weed, things got rough. Snake made sexual demands of Sarah and Danny wanted no part of it but Snake threatened to cut her if Danny didn't agree. By the end of the night, Sarah had been murdered by Snake and he had a knife with Danny's prints on it.Years later, Jake is a Marine vet and had worked for the Chilean secret police. He has joined the police department and is a sergeant in the patrol department using his position to demonstrate power and make women submit to his cruel desires. He pulls women over for minor or made up traffic violations and then forces them to do what he wants.The reader hopes someone will stand up to him but his victims are chosen for their submissiveness and are intimidated. We have seen crooked police on the TV show, The Shield and are familiar with some characters in Joseph Wambaugh novels so the reader doesn't know what to expect.Not to reveal plot, Snake (John Babbage) finally picks a woman to exercise his power over but after beginning to have his way with her, he gets a radio call from the department and has to leave.Later, this person reports him and the drama boosts up.A case goes to court and Danny Hart is now a judge and he and Babbage have a confrontation.The plot is very realistic and the author who has over fifteen years of judicial experience, weaves an exciting, fast moving and realistic plot that is hard to put down.In a case of good against evil, Hart takes a stand but how will he come out of this? The courtroom action and the behind the scenes moves by the prosecution and defense make this a story that will be hard to put down. The ending took a bit to reach the finale but otherwise I felt that this was an excellent read and totally recommend it.4*+ but not 5I received a free copy of this book for my honest review.

  • By John J. Kralik on December 27, 2014

    Judges, lawyers and other legal professionals have an instinctual desire to turn to what has come to be classified as the legal thriller. Although many were awakened to the genre by the early work John Grisham or Scott Turow, there are predecessors, such as Judge Robert Travers’ Anatomy of a Murder. For legal professionals, the genre offers the immersion into someone else’s legal nightmare and factual enigmas as an escape from one’s own. But the books also appeal to another hunger, a hunger felt by a broader audience, the lay audience craving for the interaction of the justice system, whether flawed or idealized, with true evil. The justice system itself is a character in these works, tragically flawed by its own realities and hampered by contradictions borne of political governance and human folly. It is an unending source of drama as it seeks to somehow engage and react to the more powerful innovations of the creative and perverse efforts to escape it.While there is thus an abiding hunger for this type of drama, and an unending number of efforts to sate it, there is a dearth of truly satisfying responses. Most legal professionals hopefully pick up these books only to throw them away halfway through out of a complete disgust with the factual inaccuracies, legal absurdities or just downright poor writing. Many are written only to pay back grudges against thinly disguised adversaries. Even most offerings from established authors whose works keep getting published under the heading of the genre fail to satisfy any of the basic needs that the genre should deliver. In fact, success at one of these books often seems to preclude success at another, for such success takes the authors further and further away from the system that provides the essential source of their dramas. Many later efforts start out well, and then sink to absurd lengths and phony devices that end the plot in time for the publisher’s deadline.Garret Holms’ Grant of Immunity is the exception. It is a truly satisfying, classic legal thriller. It is fast paced, well written, and professionally plotted. It delivers page-turning worry over the safety and well being of its heroes, and anguish at the apparent success of its villains. And it has contains what all of these books strive for, and almost never achieve: dramatic, yet realistic courtroom scenes in which the rules of evidence and criminal procedure are observed, but imperfectly followed, just as they are in the real world. You could read hundreds of legal thrillers, and not find better, more authentic courtroom conflict. For the legal professional this is a treasure—escape without the anguishing delays in the hallway or the tedium of actual transcripts.Garret Holms is clearly a pseudonym. The background information on the author indicates that he has over fifteen years of “on-the-job experience.” The book indicates otherwise. Only someone with a lifetime of experience could accurately plot the approach and moves and countermoves of prosecutors, defenders, judges and police officerS in the way this author has done. Only a lifetime of experience would allow each development to have a response that is both legally plausible and dramatically satisfying.My advice is to buy the book while it is still available at this price and before it is picked up for publication in more expensive formats.John KralikAuthor of A Simple Act of Gratitude


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