Lola on Fire

A Novel

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Arthur Ellis Award finalist Rio Youers combines vengeance and deceit, love and bullets, secrets, and twists in this high-octane action thriller with a vibrant emotional core.Brody Ellis is short on luck and even shorter on cash to buy the medication his sister Molly needs.

Desperate, he robs a convenience store, but on the way out, he bumps into a young woman and loses his wallet. Just when he expects the cops to arrive, the phone rings. It’s Blair Mayo–the woman he bumped into–and she’s got the missing billfold.

Brody will get it back, but only if he does her a favor: steal her late mother’s diamonds from her wicked stepmom. But when he gets to the house, he finds a gruesome crime scene–and a security camera. Brody knows he’s been framed.

Back home, the terrified young man gets another call. The police won’t get the incriminating video footage, Blair says. Instead, her daddy, the notorious mobster Jimmy Latzo, will exact his own kind of revenge. 

Brody and Molly realize that they’ve become pawns in a mysterious game–one that involves a notorious enforcer named Lola Bear who brutally crossed paths with Jimmy Latzo twenty-six years before. . . a ghost from the past who is intimately connected to their lives.


Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
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Copyright (electronic)


This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, organizations, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

first edition

Cover design by Mumtaz Mustafa
Cover photographs © Karina Vegas/Arcangel Images (woman); © stilllifephotographer/Getty Images (fire)

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Youers, Rio, author.

Title: Lola on fire : a novel / Rio Youers.

Description: First Edition. | New York, NY : William Morrow, [2021]

Identifiers: LCCN 2020017798 (print) | LCCN 2020017799 (ebook) | ISBN 9780063001008 (hardcover) | ISBN 9780063001015 (trade paperback) | ISBN 9780063001022 (ebook)

Subjects: GSAFD: Suspense fiction. | Mystery fiction.

Classification: LCC PR9199.4.Y667 L65 2021 (print) | LCC PR9199.4.Y667 (ebook) | DDC 813/.6—dc23

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Digital Edition FEBRUARY 2021 ISBN: 978-0-06-300102-2

Print ISBN: 978-0-06-300100-8

On Sale
Feb 16, 2021
Page Count
400 pages