INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • A gripping thriller set within the halls of the United States Supreme Court—where a young law clerk finds herself embroiled in a shocking mystery plotted by one of America’s most preeminent judges—from celebrated national leader and bestselling author Stacey Abrams.
“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 smart young law clerk for the great Justice Howard Wynn, is doing her best to keep her life together—working hard at the court while simultaneously dealing with a problematic family. Avery’s world is turned upside down when the stunning news arrives that Justice Wynn, the temperamental swing vote in many recent high-profile cases, has fallen into a coma.She receives notice instantly that Justice Wynn has appointed her as his legal guardian and power of attorney.Avery discovers that Justice Wynn had been secretly researching one of the most contentious cases before the court—a proposed merger between an American biotech company and an Indian genetics firm—and is thrown into an explosive role she never expected. 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 has the potential to produce incredible medical results. She also learns that Wynn was a suspect in a dangerously related conspiracy that has infiltrated Washington’s highest power circles.
Avery begins to unravel a carefully constructed, chesslike sequence of clues left behind by Wynn as political wrangling ensues in Washington to potentially replace the ailing judge whose life and survival Avery controls.She realizes Wynn’s complex puzzle will lead her directly into danger in order to find the truth, and she realizes he has a much more personal stake in the chaotic case. While Justice Sleeps is a deftly crafted, sophisticated novel full of twists and a colorful cast of characters.Stacey Abrams demonstrates herself to be not only a force for good in politics and voter fairness, but also a major new talent in suspense fiction, drawing on her astute inside knowledge of the court and political landscape.