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While Justice Sleeps: A Novel de Stacey…
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While Justice Sleeps: A Novel (edição: 2021)

de Stacey Abrams (Autor)

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Membro:MarkWeiner
Título:While Justice Sleeps: A Novel
Autores:Stacey Abrams (Autor)
Informação:Doubleday (2021), 384 pages
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While Justice Sleeps de Stacey Abrams

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Perhaps because I read this fairly quickly, I found the plot and characters somewhat confusing and it took a while to figure out where and who was what, especially who was good or evil. Judge Wynn's convoluted "chess game" stretched credulity and Avery's ability to figure out the obscure clues and references at times felt like Scooby-Doo-like discoveries. All that said, the pacing was brisk and the tension moves readers forward. She's a busy woman in politics and voting rights, but Stacey Abrams knows how to write a yarn. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Oct 23, 2021 |
While Justice Sleeps is a political/science thriller where the heroine is a Supreme Court justice's clerk. As a super-fan of Stacey Abrams' work I somewhat expected a novel focused on activism. But Stacey also pens romance novels and it's clear to me that her fiction stays clear of her political work.

Avery Keene is surprised to find that she's been named power of attorney for a Supreme Court justice she clerks for after he falls into a coma. It doesn't take long for her to discover that there are forces working against his wishes and that he has left her puzzles to uncover a horrific truth.

This is deep in espionage, law and the Supreme Court's unique status, scientific discovery/abuses, government entities, corruption, kidnappings and killings. Like any good thriller it was a novel that held my attention and is forcing me to be just a bit more afraid! ( )
  Nancyjcbs | Sep 23, 2021 |
A clever mystery combining something as old as chess with something as current as genetic engineering. While a lot of suspension of disbelief is required the story is engaging.
We get a glimpse into the workings of the Supreme Court and national government as well. Undoubtedly many liberties are taken ya advance the story. Avery the protagonist is a bit too cute and judge Winn’s personality seems overdrawn but again it fits together. ( )
  waldhaus1 | Sep 18, 2021 |
This is an engaging and clever political thriller about a loophole in the Constitution: what happens if a Supreme Court justice is incapacitated for a long time? The Constitution doesn't have any provision for what happens if a Supreme Court justice is unable to serve, but also unable to resign. In this case, a justice is in a coma, and it is unlikely that he will ever come out of the coma, but also unlikely that he will die any time soon, which means he can't be replaced unless someone with his power of attorney makes him resign his post.

The person with that power of attorney is a young court clerk, who is mystified that she has been given so much power. The comatose justice has left her a series of clues about what he wants her to do, and it is up to her to figure out that the clues lead to an international conspiracy that involves the current president.

This is a fun political thriller, with good plot twists and clever characters. It's one you don't want to think about too hard - it has some tropes such as "it just so happens that the main character's best friends all have the exact set of skills she needs to solve the mystery" and "two main characters thrown into catastrophe together end up falling for each other even though that's really not a good idea." But that's okay - it's a fun book with a satisfying ending.

Unfortunately, I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator is terrible. She sounds like one of those computer voices that reads text without any understanding of what the text actually means. I think I would have liked the book a whole lot more with a different narrator. ( )
  Gwendydd | Sep 5, 2021 |
Avery Keene is a young, bright, mixed race attorney working as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Howard Wynn. When he suffers what appears at first to be a stroke, she discovers that he has assigned her the role of Power of Attorney for his physical and mental health.
The plot involves the President of the US, a rogue Homeland security operative, companies vying for dominance in the gene/DNA manipulation and pharmaceutical research for nefarious purposes, murders of public servants, legislative manoeuvres and other silly plot twists.
This story is way too long, too many plot twists to make sense to be enjoyable.
It went off the rails about half way through when I lost interest in the plot and the characters. ( )
  MaggieFlo | Aug 28, 2021 |
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While Justice Sleeps is a thriller, an “airport novel” in the very best sense of the term—it’s fun, fast-paced, absurd, designed to be inhaled in the space of a single flight. It’s also a revealing window into its author’s political imagination—what she wants, what she believes, what she’d do in a position of power....In spite of the novel’s dramatic tone and deliberately absurd elements, While Justice Sleeps ultimately allows its characters little growth. The heroes emerge heroic, the villains are dragged away in infamy, and the political system that Justice Wynn describes as spiraling into “intellectual torpor” and “hubris and narcissism”—a political system crying out to be drowned in a “righteous flood”—remains unaltered. It’s striking that Avery has overcome so much adversity and reached the pinnacle of accomplishment for a new lawyer but has no clear ambitions beyond cashing in at a corporate law firm. After paying off her loans, what next?

adicionado por Lemeritus | editarThe New Republic, Scott W. Stern (Jun 10, 2021)
 
“While Justice Sleeps” features a boatload of colorful characters, including a resentful wife, an estranged son, law associates, FBI and Homeland Security agents, media personalities, high-tech engineers, and a female chief justice.

As the stakes rise, and murderous villains lurk, readers come to understand that horrific moral and ethical boundaries have been crossed. The unfolding morality tale, “the labyrinthine game the law demanded,” plays out in the final fireworks scene at the Supreme Court. Abrams plays it to the hilt.
 
...explicitly partisan politics plays little role, and Abrams stints on judicial ideology. Still, her enterprise impresses on several counts: that she is willing to risk the jaundiced eye of readers unsympathetic to her public career; that she has the stuff to assay fiction in a new and challenging genre; and that amid an exceedingly busy life she cares enough about the form to undertake the demanding business of turning an idea into a novel. So the only fair question is not what she might have written, but whether she succeeds on the terms she set herself.... Readers searching for dimensional characters whose inner lives inform a consistently credible narrative won’t find them in this book; its climactic events, and the behaviors of the principals, require a particularly willful suspension of disbelief. Nor do Abrams’s corridors of power exude a sense of real-life verisimilitude — they, too, exist to serve her humming machine. But those desirous of perils and surprises will encounter them in abundance. On that score, Abrams has realized what surely was her chief ambition — not to enlighten, but to entertain.

 
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