All Involved: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Apr 7, 2015 - Fiction - 384 pages
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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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User Review  - gmmartz - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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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. Read full review

Contents

Dedication
JOSÉ LAREDO A K A BIG FATE A K A BIG
GLORIA RUBIO R
BENNETT GALVEZ A K A TROUBLE A K A TROUBLE
ANONYMOUS
JAMES
Glossary
Copyright

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Ryan Gattis is a writer and educator. His latest work, All Involved, is grounded in nearly two and a half years of research and background spent with former Latino gang members, firefighters, and other L.A. citizens who lived through the 1992 riots. Gattis lives in Los Angeles, where he is a member of the street art crew UGLARworks.

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