What can’t Stacey Abrams do?
Fast and full of political intrigue and danger, Stacey Abrams’ new thriller While justice sleeps is the perfect summer read.
Just weeks away from the court’s tenure, Supreme Court Justice Howard Wynn mysteriously finds himself in a coma. Stranger still is his choice of legal guardian and decision-maker: his young clerk Avery Keene.
Not only charged with decisions about her medical care, she is also sent on a perilous search by Judge Wynn to uncover the political scandal of the century. The one who left a slew of bodies in his wake and continues to threaten anyone who has even glimpsed his many secrets.
Organized as a complicated ongoing game of chess with a result that only Judge Wynn knows, Avery must build on her strengths and figure out who she can trust to see justice done before she is also taken off the board. .
I’ve never personally been a regular reader of political thrillers, but Stacey Abrams, the incredibly impressive Georgia-based voting rights activist and politician, may have just made me a fan with While justice sleeps. This novel is an easily accessible fantasy political thriller for those new to the genre as well as those who may not be familiar with the ins and outs of politics. Abrams’ in-depth knowledge of the system, its strengths as well as its vulnerabilities and loop holes, is fully on display throughout the novel as she strives to effortlessly distill and convey the concepts and situations. more complex as regards the law and the interior. -working of the United States government.
I realize it might sound a bit dull, but in fact, from Abrams’ fingertips, it’s quite the opposite. She infuses such energy and stakes into even the most mundane aspects of government life, entering just enough detail to explain the concepts and how those details affect the plot and characters without overwhelming the reader with unnecessary bureaucracy. For example, I’ve never found DC parties this interesting (because to me it’s just a bunch of egomaniacs bragging about each other in a room), but Abrams writes these interactions with such nuance that even the slightest glance had me eager to read more.
It wasn’t just his description of government life and procedure that made me turn the page, however; the complex plot in which she has woven While justice sleeps, with its many twists and turns, is perfectly paced, never revealing too much or too little at the same time. What about the amount of planning and meticulous research that must have gone into mystery? It’s amazing to me that so many seemingly random pieces come together the way they do.
Did I get impatient in some places because I didn’t have the big picture? Of course. But it has never been to the point of frustration. Abrams always gives just enough to make you want more.
As if the mystery and all the clues themselves weren’t enticing enough to keep turning the page, the thriller aspect of the book is enough to keep our eyes on the page. There is an element of paranoia running through the entirety of While justice sleeps, affecting each character as well as the reader.
To me, a big part of what makes this novel so gripping is the fact that the drama and danger seems far too real and probable, especially after living the past five years as an American citizen. There is so much padding and double-sidedness that it can sometimes seem overwhelming, even disturbing. Some of the characters are really scary because you know their real-life counterparts are out there, deeply rooted in the US government, and so the way these characters seek and kill for power and to feel self-righteous will absolutely do. crawl your skin. Yes, Avery Keene’s work and moral compass gives hope that not everyone involved in politics is great, but… she almost seems more the exception than the rule.
But what a wonderful exception she is. Avery is such a dynamic, root-worthy protagonist with a great balance of strengths and weaknesses. His eidetic memory is handy, of course, but by no means infallible. She makes mistakes but admits them and always strives to do the best for the greatest good. She’s also incredibly compassionate and will do whatever she loves, even though they might not deserve it. Not only that, but she seeks out and builds on the strengths of others, knowing her limits and when to allow her friends to help her. She’s one of the most dynamic protagonists I’ve read in a long time.
While she’s a fantasy character in her own right, I love Avery Keene even more when she’s associated with other characters, especially her friends. While justice sleeps has a really nice, like-minded bunch of people who almost become close friends in the end. (And, I mean, in the face of a murderous conspiracy, it’s no surprise that this group comes together like it does.) It’s a great mix of personalities – a former military analyst, a smart lawyer, a professional. supportive but practical health care professional, and even a seasoned FBI agent – who plays so well against Avery. Separated, they are all great at what they do, but when together they complement each other so well and bring out different facets of each other that would otherwise have remained dormant.
Honestly, I would love a whole series of novels about Avery and his friends, but I would also hate this because I wouldn’t want to see them continually tortured and endangered like this over and over again just for my fun. (Guess I’ll just have to just watch them the upcoming TV adaptation based on While justice sleeps!)
I haven’t read Stacey Abrams’ other books, political or romantic, but she has such a skillful way with words that I want to search for the rest of her works immediately. (Do not give anything, but after reading While justice sleeps, I can not expect read how she writes romantic stories.) Her writing makes reading fun and engaging, even when murder and / or bureaucracy is the subject.
Even if you’re not generally a reader of political mysteries or thrillers, I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of Stacy Abrams’ latest novel. While justice sleeps. Full of suspense, realistic dangers, and characters you can’t help but want to spend time with, this book is the perfect summer read. It may not take you away from the larger issues of the real world, but it will give you hope that justice and fairness will be served by those with compassion and fairness in their hearts.
If you forgive the pun, Stacy Abrams While justice sleeps is a book you won’t want to sleep on.