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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.