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Pages: 336
Subject: Fiction
Imprint: Point Blank

Lola

Melissa Scrivner Love

A tautly plotted L.A.-set thriller for fans of Orange is the New Black and The Wire
Paperback
9781786070869 (6 Apr 2017)
RRP £12.99

The Book

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.

Additional Information

Subject Fiction
Pages 336
Imprint Point Blank

 

About the Author

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.

 

Reviews

‘An absorbing tale that blends compassion and a bracing realpolitik into a fascinating account of one woman’s unquenchable will to not only survive but thrive.’

- Irish Times

'Lola is a stunning debut. A taut, tightly written thriller with a truly original and compelling central character.'

- Crimesquad

‘A fine, brutal debut thriller.'

- Mail on Sunday

'A superlative debut by a US author, set in the underbelly of gangland Los Angeles, with all the hallmarks of a future classic.. 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 clichés of crime and turns them them into storytelling gold.'

- LoveReading

'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