Author: Ritch Gaiti
Publisher: Sedona Editions
Published: May 2013
ISBN (ebook): 978-0-9833837-3-4
Available in paperback and ebook.
Author website: www.RitchGaiti.com
“…masterfully conceived, exquisitely written, dramatically atmospheric…Highly recommended.” Grady Harp, Literary Aficionado/Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer
“…a home run with fiction lovers, conspiracy theorists and anyone who likes a fast-paced mystery that keeps the reader guessing until the very end.” Pacific Book Review
“…characters are detailed, realistic, and incredibly three dimensional…you are never exactly sure who is trustworthy.” Laurie Love, AGoddessofLiterature.com
“…a great slow-burning mystery thriller.” James Goulding
“…well-paced mystery sets up a surprisingly poignant climax.” David Clarke
The Big Empty -summary
A gritty lawyer uncovers an ancient conspiracy and the betrayal of a man and a nation. A thriller mystery of treachery, trust and redemption.
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Every instinct I had told me to get out but I couldn’t, not now. This simple case would trigger repercussions that would unnerve the city, maybe the country. I was about to open doors that had been nailed shut for a lifetime. And the only path to the truth was through a labyrinth of deceit. I trusted no one, not even myself. My stomach tightened.
The ten years had slipped by like a century. I never thought I’d see New York again and now I find myself buried in its bowels, unsure of what I was after—but I knew I had to find it. I snaked through the city bureaucracy, historical landmarks and some of the most prominent properties in the city, all intricately linked. Nothing fit, yet everything connected and answers only bred more questions. Somehow it had all been mysteriously tied back to me.
I ventured into the darkest tunnel of all, my own. I realized then why I was chosen—why I had been the only one that could find this elusive document. Deep within a maze of deceptions and betrayals, I uncovered a massive conspiracy among the most esteemed organizations in the world—and the truth that had sent my life into a tailspin ten years ago was far from true. Suddenly, this seemingly routine assignment suddenly had enormous stakes and consequences. Now it was up to me to mend an ancient injustice and the fate of an entire culture.
Welcome to New York.
The small sign in the center of the George Washington Bridge lied.
Ten years had slipped by like a century. But the mind collapses time and the past was buried far too deep to recall. My impenetrable layers of callus that had accumulated over the years were sure to be tested, but nothing would disturb what I had hidden away. I held onto now, as mind numbing as it was, yet, predictably safe.
Nate’s reflection in the photo snapped me back to reality as he emerged from the doorway behind me. I digested the reflection, an appetizer to swallowing the real thing. He stood silently, perhaps waiting for me to turn around and make the first move. This was the inconceivable moment, the moment that would never happen; I would never let it. Yet, I did. I reminded myself that I was here with a purpose. The past didn’t matter, the future did. Get it over with.
“I thought you were dead.”
I turned to face him. He stood about twenty feet and a hundred years away.
Ritch Gaiti –bio
Ritch Gaiti is an author, an artist and a former Wall Street Executive. He focuses on a wide range of subjects and genres: from drama to suspense to humor; from fiction to non-fiction. His first book, Points, Women Have Them, Men Need Them, was a humorous relationship book. Afterwards, sticking with humor, he wrote Tweet, a fictional satire on consumerism and the advertising industry. Recently, Tweet has been optioned for a feature film. His last book, Dutching the Book, a fictional drama based on real people and events, delivers an absorbing story about horse racing and gambling in 1960’s Brooklyn.
Ritch has also written articles for magazines, including Private Wealth, Tango and Balance magazines and has been featured on national TV and radio, including a guest appearance on the Today Show, opposite Joan Rivers.
In addition to writing, Ritch is a recognized artist who exhibits regularly in galleries and museums across the country. His portfolio can be viewed on: www.Gaiti.com. He is also recreational pilot and enjoys tennis and skiing.