Grant of Immunity

Fiction - Thriller - General
412 Pages
Reviewed on 03/26/2015
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Author Biography

Garret Holms is a judge and criminal trial expert with more than fifteen years of on-the-job experience. He has worked all aspects of the justice system, from superior court judge to defense attorney to criminal prosecutor. Holms has tried every type of criminal case imaginable, including special circumstances homicide, sexual assault, police corruption, and gangland murder. Garret Holms knows the justice system as only an insider can, and he brings that expertise to his prose.
“The courtroom is the best stage for a gut-wrenching thriller. It’s where tempers fly and tensions flare. It is where the human condition is tested, the place where people unravel and try to become whole again as they defend their own versions of what they perceive to be the truth.” -Garret Holms

    Book Review

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.