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Lola : a novel, Melissa Scrivner Love

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Lola : a novel
Title
Lola
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Melissa Scrivner Love
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"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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Award
New Blood Dagger Award, 2018
Review
  • When a Mexican cartel offers the Crenshaw Six a shot at moving up Los Angeles’ underworld ladder, Lola, the gang’s secret leader, can’t resist. With Lola’s life set as the price for failure, the cartel tasks the gang with intercepting a large-scale deal between a former buyer and his new supplier. When Lola’s brother fouls the job, a dirty cop swipes the cartel’s cash, and the mysterious new supplier escapes with the drugs. With the clock ticking toward the cartel’s retribution, Lola identifies the supplier as suburban dad Eldridge Waterston and crafts a cunning plot to manipulate his connections to the dirty cop and an ambitious ADA. Love fleshes out Lola’s character to perfection by painting her as both ruthless criminal strategist and fiercely maternal protector of six-year-old Rosie, whom she has rescued from her abusive heroin-addicted mother. A gritty, fast-paced thriller rife with gangland intrigue layered over a moving story of absolution. -- Tran, Christine (Reviewed 1/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 9, p44)
  • While most people assume that the leader of the Crenshaw Six must be the tattooed, tough-looking Garcia, the South Central gang is actually led by the deceptively attractive but fierce 26-year-old Lola. Raised by an addict mother and left to care for her younger brother, Lola has survived a difficult childhood and come out with plenty of anger and business acumen, particularly pertaining to the underground drug world. Readers will get a glimpse into Lola's gritty world of drug lords, brutal violence, and forced child prostitution, but they'll also see her as a compassionate role model for the young girl she takes under her wing. Teens will eagerly turn pages as Lola masterminds an escape from a botched drug deal. As a television screenwriter, Love knows how to capture the tension of each exchange, but she also manages to work in many issues, including classism, racism, and sexism, which will attract readers of books such as Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. VERDICT With a strong female lead and a straightforward writing style, this title will appeal to fans of crime fiction who are interested in gender and class issues.—Carrie Shaurette, Dwight-Englewood School, Englewood, NJ --Carrie Shaurette (Reviewed 05/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 05, p111)
  • /* Starred Review */ At the start of Love’s stunning debut, a messenger from the Los Liones cartel visits the Huntington Park, Calif., home of 26-year-old Lola Vasquez and extends an offer to her boyfriend, Garcia. If Garcia’s gang, the Crenshaw Six, can intercept a drop between one of Los Liones’s former dealers and the man’s new supplier, the gang will get 10% of the loot and control of the dealer’s territory; if they fail, Lola dies. Garcia accepts, but the ambush goes awry, forcing Lola—the Crenshaw Six’s true leader—to emerge from the shadows and fight for her own survival and the safety of those she holds dear. This powerful read is at once an intelligently crafted mystery, a reflection on the cycles of violence and addiction, and a timely mediation on the double standard facing women in authority. 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. Agent: Eve Attermann, WME. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed 01/02/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 01, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Lola gives the impression of a pretty and submissive girlfriend of Garcia, assumed leader of the "Crenshaw Six" gang. But appearances deceive because she is instead the highly intelligent and powerful influence behind the South Central L.A. gang, which struggles to defend their territory, as bigger, more vicious packs of criminals move in on their turf. Through her maneuvers, clever planning, and ability to respond to violence with equal violence, Lola is about to make a name for herself and the Crenshaw Six. When one of her gang members is kidnapped, Lola plots her most dangerous move yet. Love, a TV screenwriter (Person of Interest) and the daughter of a police officer, presents her well-drawn characters with a fully fleshed-out portrait of the environment they grew up in and what it takes to survive there. VERDICT 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. [See Prepub Alert, 9/26/16.]—Deb West, Gannon Univ. Lib., Erie, PA --Deb West (Reviewed 02/01/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 1, p72)
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10554492
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Love, Melissa Scrivner
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3612.O8342
LC item number
L65 2017
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Lola Vasquez series
Series volume
1
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  • Female offenders
  • Gangs
  • Crime
  • Violence in women
  • Leadership in women
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)
Target audience
adult
Label
Lola : a novel, Melissa Scrivner Love
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
324 pages
Isbn
9780451496102
Lccn
2016029649
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 952546315
  • (OCoLC)952546315
Label
Lola : a novel, Melissa Scrivner Love
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
324 pages
Isbn
9780451496102
Lccn
2016029649
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 952546315
  • (OCoLC)952546315

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