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American Heroin

'A rip-through-it-in-one-sitting thrill ride that will leave readers hooked' Joseph Knox

Melissa Scrivner Love



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Point Blank
14 March 2019
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Crime & mystery; Thriller & suspense; Drugs trade & trafficking
American Heroin is the eagerly-awaited sequel to Lola, featuring a ruthless woman who will stop at nothing to protect her growing drug empire It took sacrifice, pain, and more than a few dead bodies, but Lola has clawed her way to the top of her South Central Los Angeles neighborhood. Her gang has grown beyond a few trusted soldiers into a full-fledged empire, and the influx of cash has opened up a world that she has never known. But with great opportunity comes great risk, and as Lola ascends the hierarchy of the city's underworld she attracts the attention of a dangerous new cartel who sees her as their greatest obstacle to dominance. Soon Lola finds herself sucked into a deadly all-out drug war that threatens to destroy everything she's built.

But even as Lola readies to go to war, she learns that the greatest threat may not be a rival drug lord but a danger far closer to home: her own brother.

Edgy, complex, and breathtakingly propulsive, Melissa Scrivner Love has crafted a novel sure to please not only those who loved her first book but everyone who enjoys a gripping thriller.
By:   Melissa Scrivner Love
Imprint:   Point Blank
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 22mm
ISBN:   9781786075369
ISBN 10:   1786075369
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   14 March 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for American Heroin: 'A rip-through-it-in-one-sitting thrill ride that will leave readers hooked' Joseph Knox

'A worthy sequel to the author's debut and continues Lola Vasquez's story nicely.' * <i>Crimenovelreader</i> * 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 fascinating read....adds increasing depth to an already unforgettable character.' * <i>Crime Time</i> * '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.' * <i>NB Magazine</i> * '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 <i>The Almost Sisters</i> * '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 <i>The Marsh King's Daughter</i> * '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 <i>Absent Friends</i> * '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 <i>Sirens</i> and <i>The Smiling Man</i> * '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.' * <i>Sunday Times</i> Crime Club, pick of the month *

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