While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams. You're going to hear a lot about this Washington legal thriller this week. Political activist Abrams has gone from political rising star to household name since the 2020 election, so her name alone will attract interest in her book. She's also written two bestselling nonfiction books, Our Time Is Now and Lead from the Outside. What many people don't know is that, in addition to those works, her 11 years in the Georgia House of Representatives, and ongoing voting rights leadership, Abrams is also an accomplished romance author. Writing under the pseudonym Selena Montgomery, she has published eight novels, so she's no stranger to creating characters, plot building, and the like. Add to that her insider credentials, and you can understand why this DC thriller about an ambitious law clerk thrown into a life-or-death treasure hunt when the Supreme Court justice she works for slips into a sudden coma is generating big buzz. While Justice Sleeps is not a literary classic, it's a legit crime thriller with an appealing female protagonist and plenty of commercial appeal. Here's a brief (and admittedly rather breathy) plot description from the publisher:

Avery Keene, a young law clerk for the legendary Justice Howard Wynn, is doing her best to hold her life together - excelling in an arduous job with the court while also dealing with a troubled family. When the shocking news breaks that Wynn - the cantankerous swing vote on many current high-profile cases - has slipped into a coma, Avery's life turns upside down. She learns that Justice Wynn has left instructions for her to serve as his legal guardian and power of attorney. Plunged into a 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 that promised a big medical breakthrough. She also discovers that Wynn suspected a dangerously related conspiracy that infiltrates the highest power corridors of Washington.

In its starred review, Booklist wrote that Abrams "displays her considerable talent for fiction in this gripping legal thriller. Shadowy figures....earth-shattering consequences....[a] deadly knot of deception....fiendishly intricate clues leading to a horrifying secret that implicates powerful and dangerous people. The buzz is loud and wholly deserved for this shrewd and exciting legal thriller..."