All Involved

4.03 based on 1651 ratings & 260 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 21.05.2015
ISBN: 9781447283195
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

That's when it hits me. I'm staring at a war zone. In South Central.

On an April night in 1992, Payasa learns that her older brother has been stabbed to death, his body left out in the road to rot. He was never involved. He was innocent. He didn't even carry a gun. And that messes with the rules, even for Lynwood, even for the streets.

But it's the first day of the LA riots, and the city is tearing itself apart. Fire-fighters, graffiti artists, nurses and law enforcement - all of them connected by this murder - find themselves caught in the mayhem. Every cop is distracted, and for the people who see the law as an enemy, it's a chance to settle old scores.

That's just too good an opportunity to miss.

In the media

[A] claustrophobic, polyphonic portrait. . . the novel is surprisingly elegant and at times even beautiful, but mainly it is overwhelmingly physical. It winds you in the gut and blasts you in the brain. . . Several days on from reading it and I'm still reeling
Independent
A high-octane speedball of a read: gritty, nerve-racking, sometimes excruciating in its violence and at the same time animated by a bone-deep understanding of its characters' daily lives. . . All Involved has the verbal ardor of a Richard Price novel, the pungent verisimilitude of Sanyika Shakur's riveting 1993 memoir of gang life . . . and the choral energy of a Rashomon-style documentary
New York Times
Powerful. . .All Involved creates a vivid picture of a world slowly being broken apart, put through the wringer and pieced together again
South African Sunday Times