Tuesday, May 11, 2021

While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams: Review


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 than enough information, but I will add that Abrams' atmospheric writing makes Washington D.C. feel real and tangible even to readers like myself that aren't intimately familiar with its streets, places, and people. Her ability to make me vividly imagine what the places look and feel like kept me happily engaged for the entire story. All in all While Justice Sleeps is a political thriller authentically written by an author with impeccable political chops. I am thrilled that I was able to read an ARC and I look forward to whatever Abrams gives us next. 

Happy reading, y'all!

***I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.***

Summary via Goodreads

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.

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