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Stacey Abrams novel 'While Justice Sleeps' coming May 25

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams' latest novel,

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams' latest novel, "While Justice Sleeps," will be published in May. Credit: AP / Butch Dill

Stacey Abrams, the voting rights activist and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate, also has a career in writing novels. Her next one, the Supreme Court thriller "While Justice Sleeps," comes out May 25.

Announced Wednesday by Doubleday, her book centers on a young clerk for an ailing Supreme Court justice who unexpectedly learns of possible wrongdoing in "the highest power corridors" of Washington. Abrams, widely seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party, draws upon her background in law and politics.

"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," the 46-year-old Abrams said in a statement. "As an avid consumer of legal suspense novels and political thrillers, I am excited to add my voice into the mix."

Abrams' previous books include the nonfiction "Our Time is Now" and "Lead from the Outside" and several romantic suspense novels under the pen name Selena Montgomery.

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