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While Justice Sleeps

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  4,999 ratings  ·  766 reviews
While Justice Sleeps is a gripping, complexly plotted thriller set within the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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 c
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Hardcover, 367 pages
Published May 11th 2021 by Doubleday
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Julie She is a remarkable woman. I am always amazed at how hard she works for the Georgian and American people, and with such skill at strategizing and gett…moreShe is a remarkable woman. I am always amazed at how hard she works for the Georgian and American people, and with such skill at strategizing and getting her plans accomplished. Her energy is endless, and I know she has written fiction for many years under a pseudonym. My guess is that it is how she unwinds, gets rid of tension and enjoys working for fun. She must be one of those who don't need as much sleep as most. (less)
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Matt  Chisling (MattyandtheBooks)
Me on Nov 6, 2020: A Stacey Abrams novel? It could be the word “vote” for 80,000 words and it gets five stars from me.

Me in March 2021 when I read the book: It turns out Stacey Abrams can write a DAMN good legal/medical thriller. This is a story about a supreme court with a swing vote, a judge in a coma, and a law clerk-turned legal guardian who is left to solve a mystery that will change the country’s future. This is a brilliant and brainy thriller that involves genetic bioengineering, politica
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Paromjit
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Stacey Abrams, lawyer and Georgia Democratic political rockstar when it comes to voting rights, showcases her ability to write a complex, taut and riveting legal thriller, featuring the extraordinary Avery Keene, a protagonist in the vein of Grisham's Darby Shaw in The Pelican Brief, memorably played by Julia Roberts in the movie. Avery is the law clerk, with an eidetic memory, to the brilliant if cantankerous, Justice Howard Wynn, so often the critical swing vote in the Supreme Court. Her life ...more
Max
Nov 16, 2020 is currently reading it
Even if it wasn't the legend Stacey Abrams writing this book, it still sounds really good. A murder mystery on the Supreme Court? I mean, who wouldn't want to read this? ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Every time I teach my Reading class, I ask my students to read a book from a genre they don't usually read, and then I try to do the same, although I've done this enough I'm now turning to subgenres. I've read thrillers, but never a legal thriller!

Avery Keene is the law clerk for one of the Supreme Court justices, and when he falls into a coma, she finds herself named his legal guardian. She is thrown into international intrigue and a string of hidden documents that only she can solve.

The audiob
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Dallas Strawn
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so not only did she practically save American democracy, but girlfriend can write a DAMN GOOD BOOK.

Wow, am I impressed. I was a little cautious stepping into this one, Stacey Abrams is a political rockstar, and I knew she had written many romance novels to moderate success, but writing a thriller is a particular skill set that authors just either have or they don’t, and believe me, she’s got it. This book is INTENSE, JUICY, and a page turner. I mean she threw everything at us here and I l
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Daniel Shindler
May 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been an admirer of the remarkable Stacey Abrams since she was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2007.This talented and courageous woman has presented a political thriller that delivers an exciting plot that primarily can gain accolades as spine tingling entertainment. Additionally, she obliquely raises concerns about the structure of the American political system while maintaining a focus on her mesmerizing storyline.

Avery Keene is a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Ho
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Dawn
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book, perfect for those who love sophisticated or political thrillers.

The story centers around Avery, a young law clerk whose thrust into a world of international intrigue and investigation into genealogical warfare. Her employer and mentor slips into a catatonic state just as his status on the Supreme Court proves immensely important to a merger of a technological and biological firm. The sequential events that follow take the reader on a ride filled with unearthed secrets, hidden cl
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Alicia
Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was ok
Wow, I REALLY wanted to like this, but it was tough to get through. It is dense with unnecessary knowledge, which I guess showcases how smart Stacey Abrams is but does not make for a good read. She included every detail but a compelling story in this one.
Monica **can't read fast enough**
While Justice Sleeps is filled with political machinations and intrigue that kept me turning pages and finishing the book faster than I wanted. Unsurprisingly, Abrams created a strong female character that smartly navigates the dangers of political ambitions and decisions that are made in the background by people who aren't as out front, but are arguably more dangerous than the political figureheads that they aim to influence and control. I won't go into plot details since the book's summary is ...more
The CurvyJones
I am impressed. Beginning is a liiiitle slow, the last few chapters are a slog of info and and a lot slow, the middle is entertaining— thick and twisty with curves and turns which depend on the reader to pay close attention to the clues given and figure them out as Avery figures them out.
I come out of this title thinking that Ms. Abrams definitely has a knack for this! Interested to see this come to screen.
Josh Hedgepeth
I did not think this was real at first. OMG a thriller from the epic Stacey Abrams. I AM EXCITED!
Suzanne
I wanted to love this book, the synopsis and the author made it an irresistible choice to read. But, it wasn’t fast and taut enough for a political thriller, although it is a worthy performance by a well-known public figure turned author. WHILE JUSTICE SLEEPS pits an irascible Supreme Court Justice against a President he abhors. The Justice is suffering from a disease that forces him to act obliquely. He just hopes the clerk he has treated like furniture for several years is able to solve his ch ...more
John Amory
Apr 29, 2021 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this more than I did, but it's just not very exciting. There are a million characters to keep track of, and the third person omniscient POV makes for some jarring narration (there are occasionally passages where we jump into a character's POV for one paragraph or a few sentences before switching again). That, in conjunction with an abundance of unnecessary detail and some truly bizarre syntax and diction that read like Abrams wrote with a thesaurus tab open on her browser, make ...more
Adrian Dooley
A political thriller with pharma companies, FBI, Homeland Security, cutting edge medical research, the White House, conspiracy theories, there’s a hell of a lot going on in this book and it somehow manages to come out the other end in a satisfying and exciting conclusion.

I won’t go into the spiel as it’s fairly complicated and the publishers have done a pretty good job in their synopsis anyway. There is a lot to take in. It’s information heavy and it’s kind of one of its weaknesses in a way. Th
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Lou
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
While Justice Sleeps is a gripping, complexly plotted novel set within the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court and was penned by Stacey Abrams, former member of the Georgia House of Representatives and fervent voting activist; this is her new legal thriller. 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 ...more
Kaitlyn Dunnett
Excellent, engrossing thriller with lots of twists and turns. I also enjoyed the author's note at the end, which revealed how long she'd been working on the project and detailed the research assistance she received from her very talented brothers and sisters. ...more
Nabila
Jan 26, 2021 added it
As if the last week wasn’t amazing enough, I received an advanced copy of Stacey Abram’s upcoming release on Inauguration Day. To say that I was SCREAMING would be an understatement. This is a book that I have been anticipating from a woman that can literally do anything.

Stacey Abrams is the kind of inspiration I will carry with me for a lifetime. From celebrated national leader to best-selling author — she makes us all believe we really can do anything. Thank you, for all that you’ve done and n
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Carole Bell
A literary roller coaster with social insight
With all the talk about landmark Supreme Court decisions in jeopardy, retirements, nominations and their consequences, Stacey Abrams’ new legal thriller While Justice Sleeps is not so much ripped from the headlines as it is the stuff of our most vivid nightmares. When cantankerous Supreme Court justice Howard Wynn slips into a coma, it propels the court into limbo, causing a constitutional crisis with his law clerk at the center of a political storm.
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Reading with T
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you Penguin Randomhouse Canada and Goodreads for my copy of this book!!

Suspenseful. Captivating. Gripping.

This book hooked me 30 pages in and didn't let go! It was captivating and enjoyable the whole way through.

I had high hopes since I've read many legal thrillers by John Grisham and Michael Connelly - which set my legal thriller expectatjons high! I was not disappointed by Abrams' work! Easily comparable to Grisham or Connelly, closer to Grisham.

This standalone moved quickly, with enough
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Ms. Woc Reader
May 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Avery is a clerk working for Justice Howard Wynn, who is the swing vote on many high profile cases. After an erratic event Justice Wynn overdoses and falls into a coma. Avery is shocked to learn he has appointed her as his power of attorney over both his son and ex wife even though they don't have a close relationship. She's already dealing with the resurgence of a drug addicted mother demanding cash and as she soon discovers there are a lot of people who want Justice Wynn dead and don't mind ta ...more
Wendy'sThoughts
Jan 11, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stacey Abrams Fans, Thriller/Mystery/Suspense
January 11, 2021
Avery Keene Worked...
To Be The One...
To Become The Coveted Law Clerk...
For The Legendary Justice Howard Wynn...

He Was Iconic...
The Cantankerous Swing Vote...
Making His Own Independent Decisions...
On Current High-Profile Cases...

Avery's Position Was Demanding...
And When Justice Wynn Slips Into A Coma...
She Is Stunned To Learn...
He Named Her As...
His Legal Guardian And Power Of Attorney...

Now Avery Is His Only Protector...
She Must Stand Strong Against All...

The Judge Has Left Aver
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Jeanne
“Tell her…tell her to look to the East for answers. Look to the river. In between. Look in the square. Lask. Bauer. Forgive me.” (p. 12)

Not much to work from – especially as the speaker, a Supreme Court justice, often appeared paranoid and erratic and was probably experiencing early dementia. Nonetheless, Avery Court, Justice Wynn's law clerk, valiantly and rapidly worked to save him, the US government, and the world. (I may be speaking in hyperbole, but not too much so.)

Legal thrillers are not
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Rosemary Standeven
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Stacey Abrams is someone I really admire, and when I saw she had written a thriller, I had to read it. I was not disappointed at all, and would highly recommend it – whatever your politics. I had sort of expected it to be anti-Republican, but it was not overtly so. President Stokes was definitely not modelled on Trump – and indeed, it took me a lot of the book to work out whether he was a bad guy or not. There was obviously something suspect going on – but whether or not it was a matter of genui ...more
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
4 stars. I loved the writing so much. Very gripping and engaging. I was into it from the very beginning and found that the opening chapter did a fantastic job setting the tone for the rest of the novel.

There’s a lot of political intrigue and mystery which was fun. It kept me on the edge of my seat and needing to know what was going to happen next. I also really liked the main character, Avery. She’s resilient and intelligent and I thought she was well developed. Her mother was a mess though. Goo
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Jamie Canaves
If, like me, you haven’t read a good political/legal thriller in a while, this will scratch that itch. A supreme court judge goes into a coma and a law clerk learns that she’s been left power of attorney, which enrages his family and puts her in danger while she tries to figure out why…
Bonus: The audiobook has a wonderful narrator, Adenrele Ojo.
Double bonus: There are going to be two more books and I want them now.
Triple bonus: It’s getting adapted into a show.

(TW attempted suicide, detail/ a
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Joyce
Oct 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
Yes, this is THAT Stacey Abrams! I am looking forward to reading this!
Tomes And Textiles
May 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Thanks to Doubleday Books for my ARC of WHILE JUSTICE SLEEPS by Stacey Abrams. This mystery/thriller released just a couple of weeks ago and immediately made it to # 1 on the NYT best seller list, there’s been a film deal announced + two more books starring Avery Keene have already been ordered by the publisher. WE LOVE TO SEE STACEY KEEP WINNING.

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Rachel Matthews
May 31, 2021 rated it liked it
I don't typically read thrillers but when I heard that the iconic Stacey Abrams had written a novel, I had to read it. While Justice Sleeps is the story of Avery, an up-and-coming law clerk to Howard Wynn a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. When Justice Wynn ends up in a coma, Avery's life is turned upside down when she discovers she has been given his Power of Attorney and is essentially now responsible for acting in the Justice's best interests and overseeing his medical care.

As the story pr
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Kasa Cotugno
Very entertaining for a legal thriller.
Carole Bell
Jun 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
A literary roller coaster with social insight
With all the talk about landmark Supreme Court decisions in jeopardy, retirements, nominations and their consequences, Stacey Abrams’ new legal thriller While Justice Sleeps is not so much ripped from the headlines as it is the stuff of our most vivid nightmares. When cantankerous Supreme Court justice Howard Wynn slips into a coma, it propels the court into limbo, causing a constitutional crisis with his law clerk at the center of a political storm.
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Stacey Abrams is an American politician, lawyer, author, and businesswoman who was the house minority leader for the Georgia General Assembly and state representative for the 89th House District. She is a Democrat. Abrams is a candidate in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election.

If elected, Abrams will be Georgia's first female governor and the first black female governor in the United States.

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