I can still feel the adrenalin pumping through my body from reading the last chapters of Stacey Abrams’s first thriller, While Justice Sleeps. This conspiracy story with a legal and medical edge is complex yet riveting. Its convoluted plot takes the reader from the upper echelons of the White House to the dusty basements of the Pentagon, twisting through the action to a riveting conclusion.
After leaving the NYPD Marcus Williams moves to Asherton, a small town in rural Colorado, looking for a quieter life. It all seems to be going well until, on his second date with the daughter of the local sheriff, they stumble upon the mutilated body of his neighbour. Marcus told himself he wouldn’t get involved, but something isn’t quite right about the crime scene and he can’t help but go back for a closer look… Soon enough, Marcus is thrust into a conspiracy and has to go on the run. In between evading corrupt law enforcement and trying to investigate, he finds himself in the crosshairs of serial killer Francis Ackerman Jr.
On July 4th 1999, two sisters went out to celebrate. Only one of them came home. Over 20 years later, Tori is a skilled FBI agent, working to reunite worried with their missing children – the happy ending her own family never got. With her father long dead, Tori has no reason to venture back to Manchester Bay. Not until she receives an anonymous note to her home address from her sister’s killer.
As the summer heat beats down on Oxford, a garden party is underway in the Fawley household. Between worrying over his heavily pregnant wife, and dodging ‘words’ from family members, he is called away when a university student comes forward to report a sexual assault. This time, he said, she said, takes on a whole new meaning – the accused is a woman, a department favourite at the height of her career and the victim is her male student, a six-foot rugby player.