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Ryan Gattis

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Ryan Gattis is the author of Kung Fu High School and All Involved, a novel about the 1992 L.A. riots. He lives in Los Angeles.
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"There are so many subgenres of crime fiction, all with their own traditions and tropes, that mastering any one of them could entail a lifetime of writing. But in The System, Ryan Gattis seems to capture the lion’s share of them. His fifth novel powerfully illuminates every corner of the law-and-order universe—from drive-by shootings to cops to courts, from corrections officers to parole agents and beyond. In unfurling the aftermath of a gang-related shooting, he builds a bridge of understanding—even for readers who think this might not be their kind of book—to a system that impacts us all."—Paula L. Woods, The Los Angeles Times"Ryan Gattis has written another spectacular, multi-POV stunner, this time interweaving the stories of two young men, one innocent, one guilty, and the cop who sent them both to prison. Gattis is one of the 21st century’s greatest disciples of classic noir, and The System promises to be as world-weary and lyrical as any crime fiction lover could ask for."—Molly Odintz, CrimeReads‘The title of award-winning novelist Ryan Gattis’s latest book, The System, refers to the apparatus of American criminal justice from street to courtroom, seen here through the eyes of everyone involved, be they perpetrator, victim, family member or law-enforcement professional, in first person monologues. Everyone has their own agenda – and the scales are weighted . . . Pacy, immersive and vivid, with strong characterisation and no punches pulled, this is an utterly riveting read’
Laura Wilson, Guardian, Books of the Month‘Attempting, Law & Order-style, to illuminate the workings of the US justice system by following an attempted murder case from initial investigation to trial . . . The book is the fruit of six years’ research and there are all sorts of details that ring true . . . the most compelling courtroom drama I have read this year.’—Jake Kerridge, Sunday Telegraph, Novel of the Week‘The novel follows Ryan Gattis’s previous books in sketching a portrait of Nineties LA to sit alongside that of James Ellroy’s depiction of it in the Forties . . . so finely nuanced are the individual voices and so visceral in particular are the scenes of prison life, with its hierarchies and fault lines, that the writing accumulates a heft that forces you to care’
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