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A high-powered attorney goes undercover to infiltrate a Bay Area activist group in this electrifying, sexually-charged novel of social justice from award-winning author, educator & activist Aya de León …

A Spy in the Struggle

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Success used to be this savvy lawyer’s only rule. But now she’s putting everything on the line to bring a killer corporation to justice.

Since childhood, Yolanda Vance has forged her desire to escape poverty into a laser-like focus that took her through prep school and Harvard Law. So when her prestigious New York law firm is raided by the FBI, Yolanda turns in her corrupt bosses to save her career—and goes to work for the Bureau. Soon she's sent undercover at Red, Black, and Green—an African-American “extremist” organization back in her California college town.

She’s anticipating a career win – not for an unexpected romance to open her heart and a suspicious death to open her eyes. Menacing dark money forces will do anything to bury Yolanda and the movement. As the stakes escalate, and one misstep could cost her life, Yolanda will have to decide between betraying the cause of her people or invoking the wrath of the world’s most powerful law enforcement agency.

Praise for Aya de León and her novels:

"Gripping feminist heist fiction about turning the tables on the disaster capitalists in the jaws of climate apocalypse.” —Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine

“De León brings feminism, racial equality, and page-turning entertainment to the best book yet in her uniquely powerful Justice Hustlers series.” —Booklist, STARRED REVIEW, Top 10 Books of the Year for Side Chick Nation

“[The Boss] offers poetic and savvy descriptions of women’s inner and external challenges that are reminiscent of Sister Souljah’s or Ntozake Shange’s work … The worst thing about the book is that it ends.” —Bitch Magazine on The Boss

“A lusty tale…a page-turner we can dive into for an escape from poverty, sexism and racism, but also a rallying cry to toss out those systems and rewrite the rules.” —The Washington Post on Uptown Thief

Estimated Ship Date for Winners: November 25, 2020


© Anna De León

Aya De León

Aya De León is a writer, activist, educator, spoken word poet and author of the award-winning Justice Hustlers series. She teaches creative writing in the African American Studies Department at UC Berkeley and is an alumna of Cave Canem, VONA, and Harvard University. She is a winner of the International Latino Book Award, a three-time winner of the Independent Publisher Awards, and her extensive writing credits include Guernica, Essence,Electric Lit, Ebony, Huffington Post, VICE, Ploughshares, Woman’s Day, and Bitch magazine, among many other websites and publications. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is active in the climate justice movement and the Movement for Black Lives.

Book Details

Publisher Kensington Publishing Corp.
Genre Mysteries & Thrillers
Publication Date Dec 29 2020
ISBN 9781496728593


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