Safe (Hardcover)

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Two voices dominate this compulsive new book from Ryan Gattis (All Involved). At the center is Ghost, a junkie turned master safe-cracker, and his quest to play ghetto robin hood as the fiscal crisis of 2008 spirals out of control in Southern California. On the other side is Glasses, a gang enforcer with problems of his own. As Ghost robs safe houses and Glasses hunts him down, the line between good and evil blurs and blurs. Gattis writes with great humor and sympathy. This book is a dark, vivid tale of crime and redemption.

— Sam


Winner of the First Annual McIntyre's Fine Books Mystery Prize

"Safe is a propulsive thriller that confirms Ryan Gattis as one of our most gifted novelists." --Michael Connelly, author of The Wrong Side of Goodbye

Ryan Gattis' gritty, fast-paced thriller, Safe, hurtles readers toward a shocking conclusion that asks the toughest question of all: 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.

About the Author

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780374253370
ISBN-10: 0374253374
Publisher: MCD
Publication Date: August 1st, 2017
Pages: 288
Language: English