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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 brutal and 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, incendiary, and racially charged trials of the 1990s, involving the severe beating of a civilian black man and three white LAPD officers.

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.

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 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, this edgy writer catapults into the ranks of such legendary talents as Dennis Lehane and George V. Higgins.

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Main Soundtrack

Track by Artist // Related Character(s)

A chronological collection of the music included in the book, capturing a slice of the styles & cultures in early ’90s Los Angeles.

  1. “Run, Run, Run” by The Supremes // Ernesto
  2. “I Wish It Would Rain” by The Temptations // Payasa
  3. “Mi Vida Loca” by Kid Frost // Lil Mosco
  4. “More Than A Feeling” by Boston // Big Fate
  5. “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley // Lil Creeper
  6. “To Be With You” by Mr. Big // Anthony & Gloria
  7. “54-46 (Was My Number)” by Toots & The Maytals from their Live Album
  8. “Hand on the Pump” by Cypress Hill // Trouble & Clever
  9. “The Bomb” by Ice Cube // Clever & Irene
  10. “Crime Pays” by Hall & Oates // Sinatra & Apache
  11. “Of Wolf & Man” by Metallica // Anonymous
  12. “America” by The Original West Side Story Cast // Gloria & FREER
  13. “A Message to You Rudy” by The Specials // Mikey
  14. “Dedicated to the One I Love” by The Shirelles // Our Lady, The Queen of Angels

FREER’s Bombing Mixtape, Volume 6 (Side 1)

Track by Artist // Soundtrack Album

Separate from the soundtrack, this is Termite’s Mixtape from Day 5—what he listens to when he’s out doing graffiti as FREER.

  1. “Burning Homestead” by John Williams // Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope
  2. “Theme from a Fistful of Dollars” by Hugo Montenegro // A Fistful of Dollars
  3. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears // Real Genius
  4. “High Noon” by Tex Ritter // High Noon
  5. “Hurry Sundown” by Hugo Montenegro // Hurry Sundown
  6. “Be Kind to Your Neighborhood Monster” by Sesame Street (Various) // We Are All Earthlings
  7. “A Shot in the Dark” by Henry Mancini // A Shot in the Dark
  8. “Ride of the Valkyries” by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra // Apocalypse Now
  9. “The Legend of Zelda (Main Theme)” by Koji Kondo // The Legend of Zelda
  10. “You Only Live Twice” by Nancy Sinatra // You Only Live Twice

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