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Melissa Scrivner Love was born to a police officer father and a court stenographer mother. When she was six, a neighbour her father had arrested for possession killed her dog and her cat, opening Melissa’s eyes to the concept of retribution. Melissa has lived in Los Angeles for over a decade. During that time, she has written for several television shows, among them Life, CSI: Miami and Person of Interest. She lives with her husband, a comedy writer, in Los Angeles.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A superlative debut by a US author, set in the underbelly of gangland Los Angeles, with all the hallmarks of a future classic. Garcia initially appears to be the leader of an upcoming gang in South Central, The Crenshaw Six, but behind the scenes stands the charismatic and ruthless Lola, who is anything but a downtrodden Latina girlfriend and cleverly pulls all the strings. A hardened survivor of drugs and prostitution, Lola is calculating, clever, cold-hearted and unstoppable and her inexorable rise to power in a truly macho environment makes for a grand read, violent, bloody, cynical but all too true to life in a winner takes all world. Raw, fast-paced and compelling, a stunning portrait of a woman in charge and deadlier than the male. So much more than a tale of drugs and Cartels and patch wars, Scrivner Love's novel, like last year's award-winning Dodgers by Bill Beverly takes the cliches of crime and turns them them into storytelling gold. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
American Heroin is the eagerly-awaited sequel to Lola, featuring a ruthless woman who will stop at nothing to protect her growing drug empire It took sacrifice, pain, and more than a few dead bodies, but Lola has clawed her way to the top of her South Central Los Angeles neighborhood. Her gang has grown beyond a few trusted soldiers into a full-fledged empire, and the influx of cash has opened up a world that she has never known. But with great opportunity comes great risk, and as Lola ascends the hierarchy of the city's underworld she attracts the attention of a dangerous new cartel who sees her as their greatest obstacle to dominance. Soon Lola finds herself sucked into a deadly all-out drug war that threatens to destroy everything she's built. But even as Lola readies to go to war, she learns that the greatest threat may not be a rival drug lord but a danger far closer to home: her own brother. Edgy, complex, and breathtakingly propulsive, Melissa Scrivner Love has crafted a novel sure to please not only those who loved her first book but everyone who enjoys a gripping thriller.
Winner of the John Creasey New Blood Dagger for Best Debut Crime Novel of 2018. Lola stands next to Garcia while he mans the grill in their craggy square of backyard. The barbeque has just begun, and the women are clustered gossiping, while the men hold sweating beers. Lola prefers the periphery. Business has been good lately in their tiny nugget of South Central Los Angeles, where a legit man has two choices: landscaping off-the-books for West Side white cash, or sweating through twelve-hour shifts at a factory in Vernon. Garcia does not make his living either way. If Lola were like the other women at her barbeque, she would spend her work day perched on a padded stool behind a dollar-store cash register. But Lola is not like the other women in Huntington Park. Suddenly: a sharp knock on the front door, probably a cop. Lola goes to answer it. The man standing there is Mexican, not Mexican-American, like everybody else here. Lola searches his face for a bead of sweat but comes up empty. She has never met him, but she knows his name. Everyone in this neighbourhood knows his name. They call him The Collector, and he won't give them long. To read what happens next, check out the thrilling sequel American Heroin.
An astonishing debut crime thriller about an unforgettable woman who combines the genius and ferocity of Lisbeth Salander with the ruthless ambition of Walter WhiteThe Crenshaw Six are a small but up-and-coming gang in South Central LA who have recently been drawn into an escalating war between rival drug cartels. To outsiders, the Crenshaw Six appear to be led by a man named Garcia . . . but what no one has figured out is that the gang's real leader (and secret weapon) is Garcia's girlfriend, a brilliant young woman named Lola. Lola has mastered playing the role of submissive girlfriend, and in the man's world she inhabits she is consistently underestimated. But in truth she is much, much smarter--and in many ways tougher and more ruthless--than any of the men around her, and as the gang is increasingly sucked into a world of high-stakes betrayal and brutal violence, her skills and leadership become their only hope of survival. Lola marks the debut of a hugely exciting new thriller writer, and of a singular, magnificent character unlike anyone else in fiction.