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All Involved

by Ryan Gattis

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I am only about 100 pages into this book and writing a review because of how good this novel is so far. After these pages, I predict this book will maintain its level of quality all the way through.

The book is about characters during the aftermath of the riots in Los Angeles back in 1992.

For the pages I have read, the intermingling characters include those of people in a Hispanic gang dealing with the aftermath of a violent act during the chaos of the riots.

I don't know what characters are coming in the future pages, but Gattis brings life to the characters he has introduced by allowing them to speak in their own words.

The book is violent with graphic descriptions and highly recommended. ( )
  EricEllis | Sep 2, 2017 |
This is a really challenging book based on the inter-related activities of a number of characters, good and bad, during the 'Rodney King riots' period in LA. Each chapter is written in the first person, and since many of the characters are Mexican-American gang members the way the English language is used varies greatly throughout the book. It's unrelenting in its darkness, and although the 'inside' nature of the narration almost gives you a sympathetic feeling toward a few of the characters, the fact of the matter is that almost all of them are killers.

Interspersed with the accounts of the gang battles, arsons, and murders are chapters by some of the 'good guys' or 'uninvolved' people (meaning uninvolved in gang life)- the Korean shop owner, the fireman who witnesses a gruesome assault by a black youth on a fellow fireman just trying to do his job, various law enforcement personnel....

I definitely recommend this book if you can take the violence and its overall 'downer' nature. Personally, my only problem with it is the uneven nature of the narration, but others may not have an issue with it. Otherwise, the way the story is woven together is extremely well-done, the characters are developed pretty well considering the relatively short length of the book, and the intensity is at a very high level throughout. ( )
  gmmartz | Jun 21, 2016 |
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  johnrid11 | Feb 14, 2016 |
A compelling account of the six days of rioting in Los Angeles in the spring of 1992, told from the various points of view of different protagonists. ( )
  abbottthomas | Jan 3, 2016 |
All Involved, is a powerful and sometimes disturbing novel set in Los Angeles during the 1992 riots following the acquittal of two police officers for the beating of Rodney King. The six sections of the book (representing the six days of the riot) follow the lives of those involved in the riot. It examines the intertwining of the lives of gang bangers, residents, emergency services personal and innocent by-standers during this sad time. This book contains graphic violence, drug use and sexual references - some people may find this upsetting. ( )
  SarahEBear | Aug 2, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062378791, Hardcover)

A propulsive and ambitious novel as electrifying as The Wire, from a writer hailed as the West Coast's Richard Price—a mesmerizing epic of crime and opportunity, race, revenge, and loyalty, set in the chaotic streets of South Central L.A. in the wake of one of the most notorious and incendiary trials of the 1990s

At 3:15 p.m. on April 29, 1992, a jury acquitted three white Los Angeles Police Department officers charged with using excessive force to subdue a black man named Rodney King, and failed to reach a verdict on the same charges involving a fourth officer. Less than two hours later, the city exploded in violence that lasted six days. In nearly 121 hours, fifty-three lives were lost. But there were even more deaths unaccounted for: violence that occurred outside of active rioting sites by those who used the chaos to viciously settle old scores.

A gritty and cinematic work of fiction, All Involved vividly re-creates this turbulent and terrifying time, set in a sliver of Los Angeles largely ignored by the media during the riots. Ryan Gattis tells seventeen interconnected first-person narratives that paint a portrait of modern America itself—laying bare our history, our prejudices, and our complexities. With characters that capture the voices of gang members, firefighters, graffiti kids, and nurses caught up in these extraordinary circumstances, All Involved is a literary tour de force that catapults this edgy writer into the ranks of such legendary talents as Dennis Lehane and George V. Higgins.

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"At 3:15 p.m. on April 29, 1992, a jury acquitted two Los Angeles Police Department officers charged with using excessive force to subdue civilian Rodney King, and failed to reach a verdict on the same charges involving a third officer. Less than two hours later, the city of LA, a powder keg of racial tension, exploded in violence as people took to the streets in a terrifying orgy of rioting that lasted six days. In 144 hours, sixty lives were lost. And then there were the murders outside of active rioting sites, committed by gangbangers who used the lawlessness of a city on fire to viciously settle scores. A gritty and cinematic work of sourced fiction, All Involved vividly recreates this turbulent and terrifying time through the stories of six interconnected lives caught up in extraordinary circumstances"--… (more)

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