From celebrated national leader and bestselling author Stacey Abrams, While Justice Sleeps is a gripping, complexly plotted thriller set within the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Brilliant and mesmerizing. Abrams follows in Dan Brown’s footprint with this masterfully plotted thriller that unfolds like the ultimate chess match—bold move to bolder move with lives hanging in the balance."—Lisa Gardner
"Stacey Abrams is a true novelist, and While Justice Sleeps is a first-class legal thriller, favorably compared to many of the best, starting with The Pelican Brief, which it brings to mind. It’s fast-paced and full of surprises—a terrific read."—Scott Turow
Avery Keene, a brilliant young law clerk for the legendary Justice Howard Wynn, is doing her best to hold her life together—excelling in an arduous job with the court while also dealing with a troubled family. When the shocking news breaks that Justice Wynn—the cantankerous swing vote on many current high-profile cases—has slipped into a coma, Avery’s life turns upside down. She is immediately notified that Justice Wynn has left instructions for her to serve as his legal guardian and power of attorney. Plunged into an explosive role she never anticipated, Avery finds that Justice Wynn had been secretly researching one of the most controversial cases before the court—a proposed merger between an American biotech company and an Indian genetics firm, which promises to unleash breathtaking results in the medical field. She also discovers that Wynn suspected a dangerously related conspiracy that infiltrates the highest power corridors of Washington.
As political wrangling ensues in Washington to potentially replace the ailing judge whose life and survival Avery controls, she begins to unravel a carefully constructed, chesslike sequence of clues left behind by Wynn. She comes to see that Wynn had a much more personal stake in the controversial case and realizes his complex puzzle will lead her directly into harm’s way in order to find the truth. While Justice Sleeps is a cunningly crafted, sophisticated novel, layered with myriad twists and a vibrant cast of characters. Drawing on her astute inside knowledge of the court and political landscape, Stacey Abrams shows herself to be not only a force for good in politics and voter fairness but also a major new talent in suspense fiction.
With an audio-exclusive Original Introduction written and read by the Author
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you guessed that the first thriller by eminent voting-rights activist Stacey Abrams would be brilliant, complex, and packed full of relevant legal issues, you’d be 100 percent right. Young Avery Keene is a law clerk working for Supreme Court Justice Howard Wynn. When the judge slips into a coma, Avery picks up what he was working on: an upcoming case with apparent ties to a massive conspiracy between big pharma and the highest offices of political power. Abrams leads us on a suspenseful ride as Avery races to put the puzzle pieces together, with the threat of corrupt forces looming ever closer. Adenrele Ojo’s effortless narration makes even complex legal and medical dialogue feel natural while amping up the tension. While Justice Sleeps is the kind of pulse-pounding listen that makes a workout or commute fly by.
Brilliant entertaining & provocative
Once the plot begins to unfold, I found it to be a brilliant gripping novel. It also gets one thinking about our imperfect system of government and how easily it could unravel. Abrams is a bold talented and impressive author.
A story of what could happen in the justice system.