While Justice Sleeps - Stacey Abrams

While Justice Sleeps

By Stacey Abrams

  • Release Date: 2021-05-11
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 351 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • From celebrated national leader and bestselling author Stacey Abrams, a gripping thriller set within the halls of the U.S. Supreme Courtwhere a young law clerk finds herself embroiled in a shocking mystery plotted by one of the most preeminent judges in America.

"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, author of Before She Disappeared

"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, author of Presumed Innocent

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.


  • Excellent Political Thriller

    By Mrs. Molden
    This was a page turner! I read it in one weekend, captivated by the drama, crime, and law. Well written!
  • To all the bibliophiles

    By ReadbyCeeBee
    After reading some of the earlier reviews, I am convinced those that derided this book have not read it. While this is a work of fiction, Ms. Abrams' knowledgeable offering meets the demands of all bibliophiles - to be educated and entertained. This book does both. Thank you for such a compelling read and please, give us more. Brava.
  • Thumbs Up

    By DJ3300
    Good read and great plot
  • Great book!

    By AZmom1973
    The writing was fantastic. Kept me turning the pages to answer all the questions that continued to come. Wonderful book.
  • While justice sleeps

    By Idotoomuch
    I loved it . Don’t take this as an insult but as a little girl who devoured Nancy Drew books I can say this is absolutely the best adult Nancy Drew book ever!! The heroine vanquishes evil with her smarts and daring !!! Best ever !
  • Remove politically motivated reviews.

    By wellreadgal
    HAVEN’T read the book yet, but i suspect neither have some of the reviewers, who are attacking the author for her political stand, rather than for the book’s merits (or lack thereof). iBooks should do better.
  • Laughable

    By SEALteam8
    Another waste of time
  • Perfect

    Not an easy page turner since I was holding my breath and was worried about what was on the next page. Didn’t want to turn the page. But I did. Damn… I really got caught up in the story. Brava. It’s a GREAT book.
  • Simply the Best Thriller on the Market!

    By twigger333
    I have literally read hundreds of thriller novels over my lifetime and only a few have come close to the brilliance Ms. Abrams displays in the intricately woven plot she unfolds in “When Justice Sleeps”. I remained spellbound throughout the entire novel, only to experience a sense of loss, similar to losing a good friend when no more words were left on the pages from which to read. Most authors muck up the ending by wrapping it up too quickly. After sticking with a book for 500 pages, we readers want the climax of the story and its conclusion to be satisfying: to last a good while that equally matches the lead-up time in order to savor the ending. Ms. Abrams doesn’t let you down, taking her time by winding it down, slowly bringing the story to a close as the reader is given time to absorb and process all the threads as they cogently and completely come together. This book, in my humble estimation, will exceed every expectation and rival the works of Dan Brown, Brad Meltzer, John Grisham, and Scott Turow. As I write this review, I can’t help my mystification over the 29 reviews before me which eked a 2.5 star overall rating. Certainly these folks can’t possibly have taken the time to read it prior to their review, or possibly they couldn’t understand some of the big words she so eloquently weaves into the prose. Hopefully my rating of 5 Stars will offset this mystifying conundrum. To those of us who enjoy thrillers, intrigue, twists and turns with a smattering of romance sprinkled in for entertainment, I highly recommend this book. You won’t be able to put it down~ Dr. Jean Covillo
  • Disappointed

    By Tsksps04
    Expected more but this fell flat.