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Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love
  

Lola

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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

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Synopsis

Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love

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 neighborhood knows his name. They call him The Collector, and he won't give them long.

Reviews

'I have never read anything like Lola , magical and microscopic in scope...An unforgettable book about a smart woman, the way her mind works, her heart too. Melissa Scrivner Love is bursting with talent and style.'
Caroline Kepnes, author of You

'A raw, dark and claustrophobic tale, but also a powerful and moving one. The prose is superb, the storytelling deft and the pace left me feeling a little feverish.'
Gilly Macmillan, author of What She Knew

'With prose that's just a joy to read and a protagonist I'd welcome in my corner any time, Lola is a terrific first novel, one of the best I've come across in years.'
SJ Rozan, Edgar-winning author of Ghost Hero

About the Author

Melissa Scrivner Love

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th April 2017

Author

Melissa Scrivner Love

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Publisher

Oneworld Publications

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
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Thriller / suspense
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781786070869

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