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Lola

by Melissa Scrivner Love

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Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2017
    336 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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An astonishing debut crime thriller about an unforgettable woman who combines the genius and ferocity of Lisbeth Salander with the ruthless ambition of Walter White.

The 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.

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"Starred Review. This adrenaline-charged debut will thrill readers as they discover one of crime fiction's most captivating protagonists yet. Lola's resilience and loyalty will have them wanting to see more of the genre's newest heroine and her creator." - Library Journal

"Starred Review. Love's writing is artful and evocative, her story's sense of place and culture are strong, and, in Lola , Love has created a fully fleshed-out and uniquely compelling antihero who commands fear, respect, and adoration in equal measure." - Publishers Weekly

"A gritty, fast-paced thriller rife with gangland intrigue layered over a moving story of absolution." - Booklist

"Intense, gritty, and breathlessly paced, Lola is a thriller that's been elevated by exquisite writing and deep character development...I fell hard for Lola in all her fierce and broken beauty, her reckless and necessary hardness, her bottomless capacity for loyalty. Don't miss this ride." – Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of The Opposite of Everyone

"Lola is a raw, dark and claustrophobic tale, but also a powerful and moving one...It's a long time since I've felt so connected to a character's emotions and motivations in a novel."- Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling 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

"I have never read anything like Lola, magical and microscopic in scope. An art book, a lens, a page turner, a provocative examination of the many cities that are one city, Los Angeles, as well as the woman who drives the story, the woman who sees, notices, processes, relentlessly, our Lola." - Caroline Kepnes, author of You and Hidden Bodies

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Laure R. (Fresno, CA)

Lola
The Barrios of East L.A., where poverty, drugs, violence and gangs are the norm, serves as the backdrop of this chilling fast paced mystery. The people here are primarily Latino, as is Lola, the protagonist.

The writer skillfully brings Lola to life, complete with her complex family relationships and her horrendous life experiences. Her brilliant ability to lead her small gang while hiding her role as leader is necessary, sadly, due to the extremely rigid gender roles of the culture in which she is a part. I also was fascinated with the many other characters contained in this story. . I will note that violence and profanity are a part of this great read.

Days after I finished this book I still find myself thinking of her. That is unusual for me. The mystery itself was first rate and complex enough to make it difficult for me to put down. This is the author's first novel and I'm more than ready to see the next. Hopefully, there will be one soon. I will strongly recommend this book to others.

Mary G. (Purcellville, VA)

Lucrezia Borgia of the barrio
This debut novel is a fascinating look at a world that exists a few miles from where many of us live, but of which we are only vaguely aware. The title character, Lola, runs a small drug gang, but has to stay in the background--frustrated and constrained by societal expectations--and pretend to be a submissive girlfriend. Love does a great job of making Lola a complex, even sympathetic, character. She shoots a woman between the eyes, then makes empanadas for her gang. She takes in an abused child, yet cuts off her brother's finger for screwing up a job. She hates her mother, but cleans her place every week. With her little gang caught between rival drug lords, and her life on the line, it takes all of Lola's wit, intelligence, and courage just to survive. But clever Lola isn't satisfied with survival, she has bigger ideas....

Kenneth T. (Plano, TX)

Lola. OMG
Lola is good.
First: She is a terrific character. Second: This is a gritty, unidealized novel of life in a dangerous, vulgar world. She is no more Lisbeth Salander than South Central L.A. is Stockholm. Forget that hype, but be prepared, be ready for the package that is Lola. She is a hell of a woman.
If this is Ms. Love's first novel, I can't wait to see what she does when she "matures."

Marie D. (Coxsackie, NY)

Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love
Readers who like intricately plotted crime novels and complex characters will love this one. Lola, the protagonist, can kill without remorse. She views the world from near the bottom of society. Her ambition is to be the boss of her drug dealing gang. Although she is ruthless and ambitious, she becomes a sympathetic character, and the reader begins to understand her world.

As the plot unfolds, questions about the effects of environment on character, the nature of prejudice, the role of women in society, sexism, justice, and social structures in general are explored.

This is a thought provoking and riveting novel that members of book clubs will enjoy discussing . It is not a book for the faint-hearted.

Viqui G. (State College, PA)

Lola
I have read a lot of books and come across many protagonists, but I have never read a book quite as compelling as "Lola" or met a protagonist as exciting, believable and yet scary as Lola. The story arc was a little confusing at times, but the author quickly cleared up any confusion with extra details. Lola's life as the leader of a drug gang was almost like science fiction to me since I have no knowledge of that life. However, it all seemed believable and quite fascinating! The writing was fast paced and the dialogue flowed effortlessly. I strongly recommend this novel to adventuresome readers.

Julie G. (West Hartford, CT)

Absolutely Blown Away
Melissa Scrivener Love has introduced a new heroine to cheer for. Lola is a total badass, but also whipsmart, and with an amazing head on her shoulders. I was torn between reading the book in one sitting and savoring it over a few days. Savoring won - now I just hope the author follows up with a second book.

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Melissa Scrivner Love

Melissa Scrivner Love was born to a police officer father and a court stenographer mother. After earning a master's degree in English Literature from New York University, Melissa moved to Los Angeles, where she has lived for over a decade. During that time, she has written for several television shows, among them Life, CSI: Miami, and Person of Interest. She and her husband, a comedy writer and Los Angeles native, welcomed their daughter in 2014. Lola is her first novel.

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