Winner of the John Creasey New Blood Dagger for Best Debut Crime Novel of 2018, Ausgezeichnet: John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award
Winner of the John Creasey New Blood Dagger for Best Debut Crime Novel of 2018.
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 neighbourhood knows his name. They call him The Collector, and he won't give them long.
'A debut as fast, flexible and poised as a chef's knife. At its best it has the lithe energy of a Lee Child novel, combined with Dennis Lehane's - or to step outside of the genre, Stuart Dybeck's - sense of the exhausting intimacy of poor neighborhoods...an unshakably engrossing read... Love is vibrant and clear-eyed, an exciting new west coast observer.'
New York Times Book Reviews
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. She is an Edgar Award-nominated screenwriter who has written for television shows, among them Life , CSI: Miami and Person of Interest . She and her husband welcomed their daughter in 2014. Lola is her first novel.