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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 27/07/2017
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Set in LA against the backdrop of the 2008 financial crash, this is the story of Rudy Reyes (a.k.a. Glasses), a gangster-turned-double-agent who wants out of the high-stakes high-risk criminal life, and Ricky Mendoza, Junior (a.k.a. Ghost), a DEA safe-cracker with terminal cancer who's got nothing to lose.

When Ghost goes rogue and steals thousands of dollars from a safe that belongs to Rooster, an LA crime lord who happens to be Glasses' boss, he endangers a deal Glasses had with a DEA official.

As Ghost sets out to steal as much money as he can get his hands on - all with the plan to give it to those hit hardest by the crash - and Rooster gets ever closer to catching him, Glasses tries desperately to keep his plans on track.



Fast-paced and gritty, Safe is both a moving and human morality tale and an utterly immersive and heart-stoppingly suspenseful thriller.

'A thrilling heist novel with a big beating heart.' - Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

'A gripping novel about opportunity, transformation and hope.' - The Observer

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509843756
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 515 g
Dimensions: 241 x 163 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A thrilling heist novel with a big beating heart -- Paula Hawkins, author of Girl on the train
Without glamorizing his subject, there's a lyricism in the vernacular and street language that makes it hard not to be moved * GQ *
Safe is an immensely satisfying crime thriller, but it is also a deeply moving novel about one flawed man's attempt to create good in a corrupt world. Ryan Gattis has a great ear for the patois of the street, and he reminds us that in 21stcentury America the worst predators often wear suits and work in offices. -- Ron Rash, author of Serena
SAFE is a propulsive thriller that confirms Ryan Gattis as one of our most gifted novelists. The book has unstoppable momentum yet is as finely layered and detailed with the gritty truth of life and the streets as I've ever read. It shoots you down a path that is fraught with surprise and insight, and you can't ask for more than that. -- Michael Connelly, creator of the Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller series.
Engrossing ... Gattis's refreshingly smart characters doggedly try to do the right thing in this satisfying upbeat tale of the drug world. * Publisher's Weeekly *
Combining All Involved's facility for tenderness in the midst of stories of brutality, Safe is the perfect read to have in your suitcase * GQ *
Ryan Gattis has a feel for street slang and nimble characterisation. A bobby-dazzler of a thriller. * Metro *
Inherently compelling. This macho, faster-than-a-speeding-bullet novel benefits from the extensive research Gattis has done on the L.A. gang scene and that deep knowledge informs electrifying plot twists. * Time *
A literary novel and a thriller with more twists than a DVD box-set make quite a combination. There is a lathed quality to Ryan Gattis's prose, which is reminiscent of Raymond Carver or Ernest Hemingway. Gattis is superb with the staccato sentence, honed to a few words. I have previously been enthusiastic about Gattis's polyphonic All Involved; this duet shows he is as assured on a closer frame. * The Scotsman *
No ordinary gangster cat-and-mouse chase . . . While the gangsters-with-a-heart story might sound improbable, Gattis compensates with whip-smart vernacular and a narrative that zips along. Gattis has created a gripping novel about opportunity, transformation and hope. * Observer *

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Leilah at Doncaster

“Bust it wide open...”

Ryan Gattis’ All Involved was my favourite novel of 2015, so Safe had big boots to fill. That novel delivered like a gut-punch that kept me rocked back on my heels, and what impressed me most was his ability to... More

Hardback edition
2 similar books recommended
5th May 2017
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“Doing bad for good reasons”

A haunting yet beautiful tale of morality and redemption told alternately between a safe cracker for the DEA who decides to steal the money in a safe he opens and the lieutenant in a criminal gang who is tasked with... More

Hardback edition
3 similar books recommended
16th August 2017
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“A Modern Day Robin Hood”

Safe is the latest book from Ryan Gattis, set over 48 hours with a backdrop of the dark underbelly of Los Angeles and its drugs gangs. Gattis uses two voices to narrate the story, in the form of Ricky “Ghost” Mendoza... More

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25th August 2017
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