Aya de Leon

author – activist – faculty – mom

New standalone novel A SPY IN THE STRUGGLE out today‼

I have been working on this book since I was in my 20s! It’s such a joy to see it will now have a life in the world.

A SPY IN THE STRUGGLE is about government surveillance of Black organizations. A rookie FBI attorney goes undercover to infiltrate an eco-racial justice group in the Bay Area.

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. 

On the surface, this is a romantic thriller. But the content focuses on multigenerational community organizing in working class communities, the Movement for Black Lives, and abolition politics. Most urgently, however, this book celebrates the resilience of unapologetically Black culture to transform our people.


“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 on A Spy in the Struggle

Selected as an anticipated release by The Washington Post, Ms. Magazine, Bustle, CrimeReads, BookRiot…

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This entry was posted on December 29, 2020 by in NEW RELEASES.

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Aya wins first place Independent Publisher Awards for UPTOWN THIEF, THE BOSS, THE ACCIDENTAL MISTRESS

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