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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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By Jack@NYC on 06-18-17
I jumped this book to the top of my list after reading a very positive review of it in the New York Times "summer reading" review. Sadly, I found it was greatly overrated. The author is apparently trying to set up her protagonist, Lola, as a new tough gangsta leader with a conscience and core family values - sequels to come. If they do, the writing has to get much tighter. This one was way too long and just not worth the effort. I did not find Lola to be particularly interesting nor did I find the the story to be captivating. As a beach read, I would throw it in the ocean.
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