Avery Keene works as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Howard Wynn. When he slips into a coma, everything changes. He’s bypassed his wife and his son to name Avery his legal guardian, giving her power of attorney.
Avery’s dumbfounded and she’s not the only one. The Supreme Court is still in session and has a number of important cases to rule over. The most important one might be a merger between a biotech company and a genetic company.
Avery's picture is splashed in the paper with insinuations of her relationships within the Wynn family. It’s not until her life’s threatened that she realizes everything has changed. She can no longer go back; she can only move forward. There’s a reason Justice Wynn picked her. There’s a reason his last words were influenced by a chess match. There’s a reason she can’t trust the authorities.
Avery’s not going to rest until she’s uncovered the truth or until she’s dead. She owes him that much. But someone is desperate to keep her quiet to hide the truth.
WHILE JUSTICE SLEEPS by Stacey Abrams is a legal thriller filled with action, danger, and unraveling clues. The twists and turns of this novel will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Reading this book is like peeling an onion; there are so many layers and relationships. Avery’s strength and determination to do the right thing make her an easy character to admire. Stacey Abrams has quickly become a master of political thrillers.
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.