Stacey Abrams to Release Political Thriller, 'While Justice Sleeps'

Stacey Abrams
Katrina Hajagos

The new novel from the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate will be published on May 25, 2021.

Stacey Abrams is set to release a political thriller.

The former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and author has penned new novel called While Justice Sleeps, Doubleday and Anchor Books announced Wednesday.

The upcoming political thriller takes place within the U.S. Supreme Court and centers on a young law clerk who works for the legendary Justice Howard Wynn. After the Justice has slipped into a coma, Avery is left to serve as his power of attorney and legal guardian. It is then where she learns of a controversial case he's been researching and a possible conspiracy that "infiltrates the highest power corridors of Washington."

"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 North American rights to the novel from Linda Loewenthal at The Loewenthal Company.

"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."

Kaufman describes Abrams' new book as "intricately plotted with a magnificent puzzle at its core, and the characters were memorable long after I put the manuscript down."

"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.

While Justice Sleeps joins the lineup of books written by Abrams, including the nonfiction Our Time is Now and Lead from the Outside. She has also written romantic suspense novels under the pen name Selena Montgomery.

News of Abrams' upcoming book follows the recent release of her produced documentary, All In: The Fight for Democracy which became available to stream on Amazon Prime last month.

While Justice Sleeps will be published on May 25, 2021 by Doubleday with an announced first printing of 150,000 copies. The book will be published in hardcover and as an ebook, and in audio by Penguin Random House. The following year, the book will be published in trade paper by Anchor.