Grant of Immunity
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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