Safe

The new novel from Ryan Gattis

Overview: How far would you go to protect the ones you love?

Ricky ‘Ghost’ Mendoza, Jr. is trying to be good. In recovery and working as a freelance safecracker for the DEA, the FBI, and any other government agency willing to pay him, Ghost is determined to live clean for the rest of his days. And maybe he could, if the most important person in his life hadn’t gotten into serious financial trouble. To fix it, all Ghost has to do is crack a safe and steal drug money from under the noses of the gangs and the Feds without getting caught. Or killed.

Rudy ‘Glasses’ Reyes runs drugs and cleans up messes for the baddest of bad men. When Ghost hits one of his safes, Glasses must hunt him down or be held accountable. But Glasses is worried about more than just money. The heist puts everything in his life at risk―his livelihood, his freedom, even his family.

Works By Ryan Gattis

All Involved

All Involved

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.

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The Big Drop: Homecoming (1)

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.

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The Big Drop: Impermanence (2)

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.

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Explosions: Stories of Our Landmined World

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.

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Kung Fu High School

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.

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Roo Kickkick & the Big Bad Blimp

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.

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Works Edited By Ryan Gattis

The Cost of Paper Anthology

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.

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Spelled by Kate St. Clair

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.

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Cursed by Kate St. Clair

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.

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