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All Involved is a symphonic, pitch-perfect, superlative novel. It is visceral and adrenalin-fuelled, yet tender and even darkly comic. It is audacious, unflinching and subversive. It doesn't judge. It swallowed me whole. (David Mitchell, author of CLOUD ATLAS and THE BONE CLOCKS)
Do not resist All Involved. It's the most compelling, moving, shocking and world-expanding novel you'll read all year; it sucks you in, then spits you out, permanently changed. I loved it with a frankly scary evangelical zeal. (Charlotte Mendelson, Orange Prize-shortlisted author of WHEN WE WERE BAD and ALMOST ENGLISH)
All Involved is a monumental achievement. Ryan Gattis takes the reader into the broken, outraged heart of Los Angeles during the `92 riots and doesn't blink once at what he finds there. (Dennis Lehane, author of SHUTTER ISLAND)
Corrosive, timely, vividly realized scenes of urban warfare and thwarted dreams by a writer who clearly knows his subject: the netherworld of Los Angeles in the early 1990's. (Joyce Carol Oates, author of THEM and BLONDE)
All Involved is an astounding, vital novel. LA riots, 1992, brought to life with scorching intensity and empathy (Matt Haig, author of THE HUMANS)
Full of brutality with flashes of tenderness, this is an adrenaline-fulled, roller-coaster ride of a novel. Hold on tight. (Cathy Rentzenbrink The Bookseller)
All Involved is a high-octane, polyphonic narrative that hit me with the force of a nuclear strike. It is a scorching, bowl-along book with fierce integrity and I heartily recommend it to all who like compelling committed fiction (Patrick McCabe, author of THE BUTCHER BOY)
Shocking, visceral and humane, All Involved is a perfectly-paced, heart-breaking portrait of a city tearing itself apart. Gattis has created characters who live on in the imagination long after you have read the final page. (Paula Hawkins, author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN)
The 1992 Los Angeles Riots: six days of looting, arson, assault and murder. America's second largest city in chaos.
In All Involved, Ryan Gattis weaves a heart-stopping narrative from the perspectives of characters whose stories of the riots were never told. In six sections, each covering a single day, we follow the intersecting lives of seventeen people: gang members, firefighters, nurses, law enforcement officers and graffiti artists, every one changed for ever.
Though the events of All Involved are fictional, every word is infused with authenticity and intimacy. A propulsive and ambitious novel as electrifying as the television series The Wire, this is a mesmerizing epic of crime and opportunity, race, revenge and loyalty.