Melissa Scrivner Love Author Event
Melissa Scrivner Love
Author of Lola
Thursday, April 13th at 7pm
Melissa Scrivner Love was born to a police-officer father and a court stenographer mother. Her lifelong immersion in the criminal justice system lends her writing an uncanny sense of realism. After earning a master’s degree in English literature from New York University, Melissa moved to Los Angeles, where she has lived and worked for more than a decade. As a television writer, Love has written for shows such as NBC’s Life, CBS’s CSI: Miami and Person of Interest, and Fox’s Rosewood. She earned an Edgar Award nomination for her work on the Person of Interest episode “Terra Incognita.” Now, she brings her vivid sense of place and character to the printed page.
LOLA (Crown; March 2017) marks the debut of an exciting new thriller writer, and of a singular, magnificent character unlike anyone else in fiction. Lola is an anti-hero whom readers will love and fear as they find themselves rooting for one of the bad guys in a thriller that grips you to the very last page and leaves you longing for more.
Lola plays hostess at a barbecue thrown by her boyfriend, Garcia, leader of the Crenshaw Six, a small but up-and-coming gang in South Central Los Angeles. Lola brings coffee and cookies to El Coleccionista, a midlevel member of the Mexican cartel, who is offering Garcia and his gang a chance to prove themselves to the cartel in hopes of gaining more corners and bigger business. What no one suspects is that Lola is the true leader of the Crenshaw Six and is far more dangerous than she seems. At once a hardened criminal mastermind and a vulnerable woman, fiercely ambitious yet utterly devoted to protecting her own, she is fascinating, complex, and utterly unique. As the Crenshaw Six is plunged further into a world of high-stakes betrayal and brutal violence, Lola’s skills and leadership become their only hope of survival.
Expertly paced, stuffed with naturalistic, yet memorable dialogue, Lola reads like a master class in thriller writing. Melissa Scrivner Love combines the genius and ferocity of Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander with the ruthless ambition of Walter White of Breaking Bad in an astonishing debut.
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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