Grant of Immunity – Garret Holms

Published December 2014


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.

About the Author:

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.

My thoughts

This is a cracking debut thriller from Garret Holms. Holms has a background in criminal law and it shows. ‘Grant of Immunity’ is an impressive and powerful court room drama, with clever dialogue and a sense of escalating tension. This is good versus evil, as the two central characters battle it out.

The drama has its roots in the past. Sarah Collins is murdered in 1978, a crime that connects two people. Daniel Hart and Jake Babbage. In the present day, Hart has become a judge and the Babbage is a police officer. Blackmail leads to court room drama, as Hart and Babbage become locked in a battle for revenge and justice. Will the truth about the sadistic murder come out?

There is a real human feel to the drama. I could not help but feel compassion for Hart and what he experienced as a teenager. I found myself asking how would I have acted? I was very drawn to Hart and thought he had a great deal of potential as a character.

An intelligent and engrossing read. Recommended.

Many thanks to Garret Holms and PAI Media for my review copy


About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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2 Responses to Grant of Immunity – Garret Holms

  1. FictionFan says:

    Sounds good! I’m reading another courtroom thriller, The Defence by Steve Cavanagh, at the moment and enjoying it – there’s something about the nature of court cases that always gives them a bit of extra drama…

  2. Christine says:

    Oooo I’ve got that one to read as well. I totally agree. I love all the court room interaction, when you can’t tell where it will go.

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