A Spy in the Struggle

A Spy in the Struggle

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"A passionately felt stand-alone with an affecting personal story at its center." – The Washington Post

Winner of the International Latino Book Award, Aya de Leon, returns with a thrilling and timely story of feminism, climate, and corporate justice—as one successful lawyer must decide whether to put everything on the line to right the deep inequities faced in one under-served Bay Area, California community.


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” activist group back in her California college town. They claim a biotech corporation fueled by Pentagon funding is exploiting the neighborhood. But Yolanda is determined to put this assignment in her win column, head back to corporate law, and regain her comfortable life...

Until an unexpected romance opens her heart—and a suspicious death opens her eyes. Menacing dark money forces will do anything to bury Yolanda and the movement. Fueled by memories of who she once was—and what once really mattered most—how can she tell those who’ve come to trust her that she’s been spying? As the stakes escalate, and one misstep could cost her life, Yolanda will have to choose between betraying the cause of her people or invoking the wrath of the country’s most powerful law enforcement agency.

“Part of a new wave of espionage fiction from authors of color and women, many of whom place emphasis on the disturbing nature of being forced to spy on one’s own.” – Crime Reads, Most Anticipated Books of Fall

"The author of the four Justice Hustlers novels — mysteries with a heightened leftist social awareness — has produced a passionately felt stand-alone with an affecting personal story at its center." – The Washington Post

“Aya de Leon’s latest is part of a new wave of espionage fiction from authors of color and women, many of whom place emphasis on the disturbing nature of being forced to spy on one’s own.” – Crime Reads, Most Anticipated Books of Fall

Title:A Spy in the Struggle
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781496728593
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    A Spy in the Struggle Reviews

  • Teresa

    A new to me author, Aya de Leon, has written a delightful story of a tightly wound, young, African American woman, Yolanda Vance. She has worked her entire life to be the best she can be when suddenly...

  • Michelle

    What I liked about the book - I liked how Aya de Leon incorporated Yolanda's back story and showed how she got to be the person she was as a woman and as a lawyer. This gave us insight into why she wo...

  • Teresa

    A new to me author, Aya deLeon, has written a delightful story of a tightly wound, young, African American woman, Yolanda Vance. She has worked her entire life to be the best she can be when suddenly,...

  • M.  [storme reads a lot]

    I liked some of the book and then it went downhill for me. All of the spy stuff in the book was great. The emails and all of the mystery. The book just was so bad when the romance was the focus. It ju...

  • Mallory

    Overall this book was really well done and kept my interest. There were a few points I felt the story lagged a little but the exciting bits were more than enough to keep me going. I really loved that ...

  • Ms. Woc Reader

    Yolanda Vance takes a job with the FBI after she refuses to shred some compromising paperwork and the law firm she works for gets indicted. While newly working for the FBI, Yolanda is sent to infiltra...

  • Jamie Canaves

    Remember on Friday when I said I was looking forward to reading this over the weekend? Well, I ended up reading the first half in one sitting Friday night—until that pesky thing of needing sleep hap...

  • Stephanie Marie

    When the law firm Yolanda works at attempts to make her complicit in covering up their fraudulence, she decides instead to become a whistleblower and take a job with the FBI. Although she wants to be ...

  • Lorel Holt

    I was really looking forward to this book. It had a really interesting concept a woman’s law firm is raiding by the FBI and she turns in her corrupt bosses. Then she finds herself a job in the FBI a...

  • Ariel

    While this book wasn't my favorite, there was still much to love about it. With heart-pounding action, the discussion of poignant issues, and a dash of romance, this was one I knew I needed to keep my...