According to The Hollywood Reporter, the forthcoming political thriller takes place within the U.S. Supreme Court. The novel focuses on a young law clerk who works for the legendary Justice Howard Wynn. The Justice then slips into a coma, and Avery is left to serve as Wynn’s power of attorney and legal guardian.
“A decade ago, I wrote the first draft of a novel that explored an intriguing aspect of American democracy – the lifetime appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court,” says Abrams. “As an avid consumer of legal suspense novels and political thrillers, I am excited to add my voice into the mix. Drawing on my own background as a lawyer and politician, While Justice Sleeps weaves between the Supreme Court, the White House and international intrigue to see what happens when a lowly law clerk controls the fate of a nation.”
Doubleday and Anchor Books have acquired the rights novel from Linda Loewenthal at The Loewenthal Company, in North America.
“I’ve had tremendous admiration for Stacey Abrams’ political work for quite some time,” says Vice President, Executive Editor Jason Kaufman, “but it was an unexpected pleasure to discover that she is also a masterful thriller writer.”
“Stacey’s inside viewpoint of politics, the Supreme Court, and her background in law all weave together into a suspenseful and satisfying novel. Not to mention, at a time when the political dynamic of the Supreme Court is so important and tenuous, it was spellbinding to read a thriller set within its halls of power,” he says.
Abrams is already a published author. The Democratic has published several books, including Our Time is Now and Lead from the Outside, as well as several romantic suspense novels under the pen name Selena Montgomery.
While Justice Sleeps will be published on May 25, 2021.