Released on 21 May 2015.

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All Involved

4.03 based on 1812 ratings & 282 reviews on


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.

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A tour de force . . . without glamorising his subject, there's a lyricism in the vernacular and street language that makes it hard not to be moved . . . a powerful work of fiction
[A] truly remarkable novel . . . this kaleidoscopic work is unflinching, unsettling and unforgettable . . .. it deserves, frankly, to sell more copies than Trainspotting
All Involved could be characterised as The Wire meets Quentin Tarantino on the set of 24, the LA-set TV thriller that unspools in real time. But the deftly structured plot that weaves intricately through the novel with its interleaved and overlapping characters recalls John Dos Passos's 1925 novel Manhattan Transfer, which brought to life the teeming, multitudinous variety and energy of Jazz Age New York. . ..All Involved offers that most difficult and nebulous thing in fiction: it reads true.
Financial Times