A Spy in the Struggle: A Riveting Must-Read Novel of Suspense
by Aya de León
Publication Date: Dec 29, 2020
List Price: $15.95
Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Parent Company: Kensington Publishing Corp.
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Praise for A Spy in the Struggle 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 Praise for Aya de Le n Gripping feminist heist fiction about turning the tables on the disaster capitalists in the jaws of climate apocalypse? Improbably and thrillingly, Aya de Le n has pulled off exactly that with Side Chick Nation. I couldn’t put it down."
—Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine on Side Chick Nation "The fourth title in de Le n’s genre-bending Justice Hustlers series is a multifaceted tale. On one level, it’s an entertaining feminist heist tale with a satisfying Robin Hood-style caper or two, but where the book truly shines is in spotlighting the challenges facing former sex workers and in angling an unflinching lens on the plight of Puerto Rico, both before and after the Maria disaster. An absorbing, enlightening book that exemplifies the power of good storytelling."
—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW for Side Chick Nation "[This] layered tale weaves heist capers, romantic suspense, and unforgettable realism in a look at Puerto Rico after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria…De Le n brings feminism, racial equality, and page-turning entertainment to the best book yet in her uniquely powerful Justice Hustlers series."
—Booklist, STARRED REVIEW for Side Chick Nation "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 "Pure escapism is what author Aya de Le n offers here with a story that actually has many separate plots—romance, family drama, a little espionage, and surprisingly righteous feminism—all of them appealing…every reader will be able to find a little of herself there, which makes this a doubly fun novel to enjoy."
—The Miami Times 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 "This well-written and enjoyable installment in de Le n’s unique, feminist, urban crime fiction series, Justice Hustlers infuses satisfying power in both plot and character. Readers will embrace this heist story with heart and its hero Tyesha, a smart yet fallible professional and champion for struggling women. Le n, who is also a poet, social commentator, and head of the Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley, is a crime writer to watch."
—Booklist, STARRED REVIEW for The Boss "Aya de Le n is a feminist writer to watch."
—Sarai Walker, author of Dietland
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