All Involved

All Involved

Book - 2015 | First Canadian edition.
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In 1991, a black man named Rodney King was severely beaten by multiple white police officers after a high-speed car chase that ended in a suburb of Los Angeles, an event that might have escaped the eyes of the American public had a witness not videotaped it from his balcony. The officers were taken to court, but eventually acquitted, and thus spawned the 1992 Los Angeles Riots: six days of looting, arson, assault, and murder that spread from South Central LA into the Los Angeles metropolitan area, and only stopped after soldiers from the National Guard were called in as backup for the overwhelmed and vilified LAPD.

But on the streets of the South Central neighbourhood of Lynwood, the story played out differently than on the national news. In All Involved, Ryan Gattis weaves a narrative from the perspectives of people whose stories of the riots were never told-members of the gang underworld. Inspired by unprecedented access to the inner workings of these organizations, Gattis channels their experiences into a gritty, cinematic tale that is both shocking and devastating. Though the events of this book are fiction, every word is infused with authenticity and intimacy. Evoking the anger, the uncertainty, and the turmoil of those six days, Gattis turns Los Angeles from merely a setting to a living, breathing entity.

With the velocity of a fast-paced thriller and the commanding talent of an incredibly adept writer, All Involved is an epic story of race, revenge, loyalty-at once fiercely identifiable as a novel of Los Angeles, yet also recognizable as a story of America-its history, its prejudices, and its complexities, laid bare.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First Canadian edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781443440769
Branch Call Number: GATTI
Characteristics: 372 pages ; 24 cm

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mvkramer Sep 28, 2016

I have had the hardest time with audiobooks lately. I think Will Patton's excellent rendering of The Raven Cycle ruined me for other books. Seriously, I've never quit on so many audiobooks in a row. What was wrong with this one? I just couldn't get into it. It felt...slow. Which is odd for a book that starts with a brutal murder.

subwaysam Feb 24, 2016

A novel that should be on high school reading lists

What went on in Los Angeles in the summer of 1992 directly after the Rodney King verdict left parts of town unattended by police and city services? Mayhem -- and many scores were settled off the books. This book is a fictionalized portrait of 20 interconnected characters and their lives in these four days. Recommended by Jeffrey

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msp_pier
Jan 31, 2016

i've been thinking about this book since i finished it, trying to figure out why i only gave it 3 stars. i liked it, i really did. but there was something off, and i can't really put my finger on it, but i felt no urgency to finish it or care, really, tbh, about any of the characters. i think the only person i felt bad for was Ernie. i understand what the author was trying to do, i think? gangs in LA and their lives and how Rodney King or not, these are their lives always. but i just couldn't get myself to care so much? it felt like things were leading up to something, the last half of the book, all of the stories coming together, i was expecting something BIG to happen. but, it just sort of felt "meh" to me. i'm glad i picked it up though, it's not something i would normally read.

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yo918
Jun 06, 2015

Definitely draws you in once you start reading it. I sincerely do hope though that he author was not trying to make me feel sorry for most of the characters, or somehow guilty or responsible for their plights, because all it really does it show that in a number of cases, gangbangers should be taken out into the desert and shot instead of being tolerated and even coddled by the "justice" system. All told though this is an interesting look at what happened in '92, but not all that shocking to me. I mean, gee, really? A lot of the rioting and violence was done by idiots and had absolutely nothing to do with Rodney King? You don't say...next you'll tell me Ferguson wasn't all about injustice either, or that Michael whats-his-name was NOT a saint and a martyr for justice?

cdsrus May 25, 2015

I wish there was more of a story line and plot. It is a series of events related to each other that is strung together.

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rhgattis
May 18, 2015

This is an adult book, violent and with strong language. The author does an excellent job of fitting the voice to the various characters. I loved it.

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May 18, 2015

rhgattis thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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mvkramer Sep 28, 2016

Violence: The first chapter of this book is a brutal murder narrated in first-person. Not for the faint of heart.

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