author – activist – faculty – mom
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.
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.
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