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NBC unit adapting Stacey Abrams political thriller for TV

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An NBCUniversal unit has acquired the rights for Stacey Abrams’s new political thriller for a small-screen adaptation.

Working Title Television, part of NBCUniversal International Studios, won a bidding war for the rights to Abrams’ latest book, “While Justice Sleeps,” which was released on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

The book, published by Penguin Random House, deals with a Supreme Court justice who falls into a coma, leaving the court and country in turmoil. It reportedly tells the story of young law clerk Avery Keene, who is pulled into the spotlight when her boss falls ill.

“I created ‘While Justice Sleeps’ to unravel a political mystery about power and secrets through the eyes of a protagonist dealing with her own demons,” Abrams said in a statement, according to the AP.

The Hill has reached out to Abrams for comment.

“While Justice Sleeps” is Abrams’ ninth novel, but the first one written under her real name. She previously used the pen name Selena Montgomery to publish eight romance novels.

Last week, Abrams’s publisher, Berkley, a Penguin House imprint, announced that it was reissuing three of her romance novels in 2022.

“The characters and their adventures are what I’d wished to read as a young Black woman — stories that showcase women of color as nuanced, determined, and exciting,” she said in a statement. “As Selena and as Stacey, I am proud to be a part of the romance writing community and excited that Berkley is reintroducing these stories for new readers and faithful fans.”

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