American Heroin


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'The story of Lola, the Latina Los Angeles drug kingpin, reaches its second book, taking the narco novel into unfamiliar areas: family ties and female friendship. But it's still a tough, violent world, and Lola must outsmart friend, foe and lover to remain on top. Long may she reign.'

* Sunday Times Crime Club, pick of the month *

'A shot in the arm. Melissa Scrivner Love delivers the goods with a pure fix of adrenaline that doesn't subside until the final page. In Lola, we have a character who feels all too rare in contemporary crime fiction - a protagonist who's prepared to fight tooth and nail for everything she holds dear, including her own compassion. American Heroin is addictive. A rip-through-it-in-one-sitting thrill ride that will leave readers hooked.'

* Joseph Knox, author of Sirens and The Smiling Man *

'Melissa Scrivner Love has done the near impossible: She's made us care deeply about a gang-leading drug dealer, her friends, her enemies, and her world. And done it beautifully. Lola is a marvellous creation, brave but soft, smart but not mistake-proof, unique but completely believable. In short: American Heroin is a terrific book.'

* S.J. Rozan, author of Absent Friends *

'Raw, gritty, and excruciatingly real, Melissa Scrivner Love's American Heroin features one of the most brutal and conflicted anti heroines in new crime fiction. Lola Vasquez is a ruthless gang leader and a protective mother, funneling heroin to her South Central Los Angeles neighbourhood in order to finance a life for her daughter and her mother away from the mayhem she herself inflicts. A can't-look-away, just-one-more-page thriller, American Heroin opens a window into a pitiless world where loyalty is rewarded and betrayers pay the price.'

* Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King's Daughter *

'Melissa Scrivner Love's latest has an engine that won't quit and a heroine I couldn't help but love. Damaged, brilliant, loyal to a fault, Lola lives by her own code, straddling a chasm between motherhood and drug queenpin that runs down the center of her own heart. American Heroin is a white-hot bullet of a book that blasts its way under your skin and stays there - do not miss this ride.'

* Joshilyn Jackson, author of The Almost Sisters *

'Hardboiled crime fiction with a twenty-first century twist; fast, gritty, aware and explosive with an anti-hero who breaks the mould.... Lola is a class act. A bleak noir that plays the theme of male dominated gangs and the toxic macho atmosphere on the streets. Take a deep breath before you start, it might be a while before you come up for air.'

* NB Magazine *

'A fascinating read....adds increasing depth to an already unforgettable character.'

* Crime Time *

Praise for Lola:

'A tough, enterprising and vulnerable heroine, Lola gives the reader an unvarnished insight into ghetto life.' Sunday Times Crime Club

'A fine, brutal debut thriller.' Mail on Sunday

'A brilliant debut, a bleak and cynical noir set in the patriarchal gangland world of LA's South Central.' Irish Times

'A worthy sequel to the author's debut and continues Lola Vasquez's story nicely.'

* Crimenovelreader *

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