After killing a yakuza in self-defense, an ex-military translator owes a debt that is payable only one way: take the dead man’s place searching for a missing woman in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. Fusing gritty yakuza action with elements of classic noir in the city that started it all, the novella sends Johnny Ban in search of two distinct parts of his past: his long-buried Americanness, and his first love—a Japanese woman up to her neck in trouble.Learn More
The new novel from Ryan Gattis
The story behind the book
All Involved is a novel of historical fiction set during the 6 days of the 1992 L.A. Riots. It tells of this chaos with an unmatched level of scope, authenticity, and insight into the South Central city of Lynwood, as well as the overlapping worlds of firefighters, nurses, graffiti artists, and, most of all, members of Latino street gangs.
It is grounded in nearly 2.5 years of extensive research & background spent with former Latino gang members, granting me an unprecedented look into this hidden world within Los Angeles. (I talk more about the dangers & difficulties of my journey to winning the trust of one particularly powerful former gang member in my TED talk.)
All Involved is a time capsule about the human cost of the riots: the crimes of opportunity, hopes, and even loves of Angelenos during the most dangerous time in the city’s history.
Immerse yourself in the history: click here for more information & background on the 1992 L.A. Riots.
Works By Ryan Gattis
After finally locating Emi Sato, Johnny Ban loses her just as quickly as he found her. Their too-brief reunion sends him careening after her once more—this time setting him up for a chain of surprises that will forever change how he sees himself and those he trusts most—as his doomed rescue mission spirals to its horrific conclusion.Learn More
Explosions: Stories of Our Landmined World is an all-star charity anthology for Nobel Prize honored Mines Advisory Group (MAG), featuring stories contributed by both bestselling and up-and-coming authors. 100% of the proceeds from this book will go directly to MAG and its work around the world. I contributed a short story about Johnny Ban & his time in Iraq to the anthology.Learn More
M.L.K. High School has collapsed into Kung Fu High School—where Jen B. and her brother, Cue, belong to one of two gangs still standing against the puppet principal and the drug kingpin who pulls his strings. Cousin Jimmy—a world-champion martial arts master of mythic stature—arrives in town after swearing to his mother that he’ll never fight again.Learn More
This edgy novel follows the lives of the young residents of Barguss, a small town in western America, made famous because of an unfortunate accident involving a knife-wielding maniac and a runaway blimp. Roo Kickkick & the Big Bad Blimp is by turns wildly funny and warmly affectionate; it’s a story of Hollywood stars and punk bands, teenage crushes and beauty pageants, nobility lurking in unexpected places and the boredom, comedy and violence of small-town life.Learn More
Works Edited By Ryan Gattis
The Cost of Paper, Volume 1, was created exclusively for California Bookstore Day. It is an annual fiction anthology filled with the works of the many collaborators at Black Hill Press (authors, editors, and artists) & sold only for the cost of paper in your hand—or, if you’d rather read it on an e-reader or computer, completely free online.Learn More
Things have not gone well for Georgia Sayers. When her mom died, Georgia became de facto mother to her four siblings. When her last high school burned down, a boy trapped inside was presumed murdered. In fact, the only good thing to happen to Georgia in ages is meeting a boy named Luke that she feels strangely drawn to. But Georgia will learn all these things are connected, because coincidences don’t exist when witch blood runs in your veins—a fact Georgia herself doesn’t even know—but she will, and soon.Learn More
A storm is gathering in Cody, Texas. It has been months since the vengeful witch cult Stola Mortem nearly killed Georgia Sayers and her four siblings, and a return to normal life has been impossible. Not even her budding relationship with Luke can keep Georgia’s mind from one cold fact: her family has to wake up every morning and know the perpetrator of that crime, a particularly odious witch named Isolda, is still on the loose.Learn More